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 2018 Schedule & Course Description:

English as a Second Language

Conversational English: English you can use at work, school, home, the store and around town.

Dates: Wednesdays, January 31, 2018 - April 18, 2017, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Teacher: Sarah Lyon

Description: Students will gain confidence in their ability to speak in English by building vocabulary and improving pronunciation while reading aloud and discussing texts centered on American culture, traditions and current affairs. Individual retention of material will be reinforced through practical exercises and activities.

Most often using a recent newspaper article or editorial as the basis for each class, the typical 2-hour session will begin with targeted pronunciation and listening exercises followed by a preview of the most likely unfamiliar vocabulary and slang in the text. Classmates will then take turns reading paragraphs aloud, with instructional comment by the teacher and each student will take notes in areas needing further explanation or personal review. After the reading the issues, perspectives and underlying cultural context of the text, they will be identified and discussed. Classes will conclude with exploration of actual or imagined social situations focusing on the manner of appropriate strategies for extending conversation.

Please note: This is a multi-week class with 12 sessions. Please attend all 12 sessions. If you'd like to sign up for the ESL class after the session starts, please email LandD@umassmed.edu.

To register, click here.



English as a Second Language

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 Location: Room AS8.2072
Albert Sherman Center
Main Campus Worcester


January 31, 2018


February 7, 2018


February 14, 2018


February 21, 2018


February 28, 2018


March 7, 2018


March 14, 2018


March 21, 2018


March 28, 2018


April 4, 2018


April 11, 2018


April 18, 2018

Makeup Class
(if needed)

April 25, 2018



For questions regarding the program/registration contact Learning & Development at 508-856-8652 or LandD@umassmed.edu. For questions regarding course content contact the Literacy Volunteers @ 508-754-8056 or email: info@lvgw.org.