English Language Support Program


Established in 1990, the LGS English Language Support Program (ELSP) provides highest quality language support to graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows, and scholars with diverse linguistic backgrounds at all stages of the academic journey. Consistent with the Laney Graduate School’s mission, ELSP works with scholars to advance their language skills in order to succeed in their fields, communicate across disciplines, and connect to their local and global communities.

Taking into account the knowledge and experiences of our student body, ELSP faculty leverage contemporary tools within the field of linguistics and graduate communication to support our students. Course work and workshops provide advanced language and sociocultural skills needed for U.S. graduate-level study, Emory teaching roles, and the speaking and writing demands of the professional world inside and outside the academic community.      

ELSP is situated within a diverse and rich ecosystem - from Atlanta to the world. We serve as a resource for the greater Emory community as well as for our local and international partners. 

Students, Employees, DGS, and Administrators, please navigate through our website to learn more about our program. We look forward to working with you!

Use the Guide to navigate to the pages you need, and contact us if you need more information or have any questions. 

ELSP Team

Dr. Mackenzie Bristow, Director

Mackenzie oversees the development of ELSP, its offerings, and international student support. Along with facilitating ELSP coursework in writing and speaking, she is available to meet with graduate students to discuss multilingual student language assessments as well as general resources and services for international students.

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Dr. Mackenzie Bristow, Director

Heather Boldt, ELSP Faculty

Heather teaches courses and provides workshops on oral communication, academic writing, and research writing. She enjoys helping multilingual scholars communicate their ideas more clearly and concisely. Heather serves as the initial point of contact for postdoctoral fellows wishing to improve their language skills through an ELSP course. She has also been involved in Laney’s 3MT® speaking competition since its inception in 2013, coaching graduate students as they prepare a compelling research story that is suitable for a non-specialist audience.

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Heather Boldt

Dr. Grace Song. ELSP Faculty

Grace has been working with international students and post-docs at Emory University for over 12 years. She teaches courses and conducts workshops for the ELSP in both spoken and written communication while also consulting for programs for international students across the university. She appreciates the diverse perspectives and experiences her students bring to the classroom and welcomes opportunities to work with them on their own writing projects.

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Dr. Grace Song. ELSP Faculty

Peggy Wagner, ELSP Faculty

Peggy works with international students and scholars to enhance their professional academic written and oral communication. As an instructor in the English Language Support Program in the Laney Graduate School, Peggy teaches students at all stages of their academic careers, from 1st-year graduate students to fully accomplished professionals, doctors, researchers, scholars. Peggy enjoys helping all her students to express their ideas effectively and professionally with confidence.

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Peggy Wagner, ELSP Faculty

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