Scientific English courses are available to all employees of MD Anderson who are non-native speakers of English. The classes are designed to help employees of MD Anderson improve their communication skills in an English-speaking, yet highly diverse, environment. Dr. Mark Picus leads each of these courses. For questions contact SciPubsEducation@mdanderson.org or Dr. Mark Picus at 713-792-7251 (x27251).
All classes are free of charge.
Participants must speak English at the intermediate or higher level and should be familiar with research and general biomedical terminology.
The courses are popular, and there is often a waiting list. If you are unable to attend, please notify the instructor as soon as possible so others may attend.
Please note that attendance at the first class meeting is always required!
There are four sets of classes listed below. All classes require pre-registration. Please do not sign up for more than two classes during a session.
Select the class or classes below that you’re interested in to register to attend.
Mark Picus has been teaching English to non-native speakers since he moved to Houston over 40 years ago.
He received an MA in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Houston and an Ed.D in Educational Administration from Baylor University.
He has taught language learners at UH, Houston Community College, Cy-Fair College, and other institutions of higher education in the city. He has been developing and teaching the Scientific English courses since he came to MD Anderson in March 2009.