English as Second Language (ESL) Class

These culturally immersive English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester. Classes cover listening skills, pronunciation, vocabulary building, conversational English and integrating ideas/American lifestyles as well as opportunities for social interaction.

Winter 2015 Schedule & Course Description:

Professional Conversation 

Every Tuesdays January 27 thru' April 15 from 6-8 p.m., Teacher: Steve Silverman
Learn about life in the United States, gain confidence in your English skills, and make some new friends while practicing conversation. Participants will engage in activities that will enhance their English speaking ability in the workplace at UMass including discussions, debates and presentations on a variety of topics of interest. Time will be set aside to focus on specific student questions and requests.

Text Talk

Every Wednesdays January 27 thru' April 15 from 6-8 p.m. Teacher: Terry Curtin & C. Steffancci

Description: In this class, we will explore topics most relevant to non-natives through lively English conversation. Conversational topics may include social etiquette in the U.S., current events, and local attractions and history. Through guided conversation, participants will improve their pronunciation and vocabulary. Each week, a short text at an intermediate level will also be read and discussed. The class objective is for participants to become more effective communicators in and outside their workplace environments at UMMS.


ESL Schedule for Winter January 27th - Apil 15, 2015
Classes will be held from 6PM to 8PM. Visit the website for details
  Location: Room#S2-351, University Campus Location: Room#S2-352, University Campus

Professional Conversation

Text Talk
Steven Silverman
T. Curtin & C.Steffancci
  Tuesdays Wednesdays
Week 1 1/27/2015 1/28/2015
Week 2 2/3/2015 2/4/2015
Week 3 2/10/2015 2/11/2015
Week 4 2/17/2015 2/18/2015
Week 5  2/24/2015 2/25/2015
Week 6 3/3/2015 3/4/2015
Week 7 3/10/2015 3/11/2015
Week 8 3/17/2015 3/18/2015
Week 9 3/24/2015 3/25/2015
Week 10 3/31/2015 4/1/2015
Week 11 4/7/2015 4/8/2015
Week 12 4/14/2015 4/15/2015
Week 13 4/21/15 (snow date) 4/22/15 (snow date)



For questions regarding the program/registration contact Lopa Dhal at 508-856-3236 or LandD@umassmed.edu . For questions regarding course content contact the Literacy Volunteers @ 508-754-8056 or email: litvolworc@gmail.com.



All UMMS employees who want to learn to speak English fluently.

For UMMS employees, suggested donation is $35 for a 12-week program. Personal Checks Only - payable to "Literacy Volunteers of Worcester." No refunds.


Online Registration for Employees
We recommend that you sign up online to reserve your space in the class. Click here to go to the registration page. Search for "English as Second language" class from the "Program" sponsored by Human Resources.

Please note that class space is limited. Preference will be given to employees. Depending on space availability, spouses/significant others may enroll.