Extensive Reading: The Book Cart Approach

I’ve been working on more effective approaches to building extensive reading into the ALDA curriculum. Research consistently shows that it is the best way for non-native English speakers to build reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading fluency. And reading comprehension and listening … Continue reading

LLM Summer Reading Club

I find myself thinking a lot about ways to interweave extensive reading into the law school experience of our LLM students. So much time is spent engaged in intensive reading. Yet research makes clear that reading for enjoyment in English … Continue reading

Calvin and Hobbes, capital letters and LLMs

About a month ago some of our LLM students were perusing my mobile extensive reading library and one of them started flipping through one of the Calvin & Hobbes books on the shelf (generously donated by my colleague Kathryn Piper). The … Continue reading

TESOL 2017 Seattle: Legal Language – Strategies for Effective Communication in Law School

I had the honor of joining an esteemed panel of legal English professionals last Thursday at the TESOL 2017 Convention in Seattle for a presentation titled “Legal Language: Strategies for Effective Communication in Law School.” The panel was organized by … Continue reading

Observations from a visiting Chinese professor of legal English

We are fortunate to have a guest post by Haiyan “Eileen” Li, Instructor at School of Foreign Languages East China University of Political Science & Law (ECUPL), who spent 2015-2016 as a visiting scholar at St. John’s School of Education … Continue reading

LL.M. Programs at St. John’s

Transnational Legal Practice (TLP) LL.M. American Law: Discourse & Analysis Program (ALDA) English for American Law School (EALS) Summer Program U.S. Legal Studies LL.M. (USLS) International Sports Law Practice (ISLP) LL.M. Bankruptcy LL.M. Transnational Legal Practice (TLP) LL.M. The LL.M. … Continue reading