English Language Support
Like many international students, scholars, and visitors, English may not be your native language. This can result in considerable frustration and uncertainty when trying to communicate. You will find that many Americans are understanding of this challenge and willing to help you with your English. There are a wide range of different English language programs in the Rochester area, if you are interested in more in-depth training or practice. For some students, English training may also be a required part of your academic studies at the University. Depending on the type of program you choose, some offer a formal class structure, while others are more casual or focused on practice with day-to-day conversation. Costs vary, though some English classes or groups are available free of charge. Alternatively, you may want to ask if some of your American classmates or colleagues would be interested in a regular conversation time, perhaps over lunch or morning coffee. You could also exchange practice in English for informal lessons in your native language. Be creative, and you are likely to find opportunities that will fit your needs and budget. Please note, this list is not exhaustive, but is provided as a courtesy to help you get started in finding the right resource for you.
English Classes & Conversation Groups
- ISO English Conversation Groups:
The group meets on Thursday mornings during the academic year. Enrollment is open at the beginning of each semester and all activities are FREE to UR community. Spaces are limited. If you're interested in signing up please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- English Conversation Skills Program
The Warner School of Education is again partnering with the ISO to offer a free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program! Classes will run for 10 weeks starting the week of February 8, 2016. There will be three available sections, a beginner level course and two practical conversation skills courses, so that you may choose one that best suits your schedule and language needs. You may sign up for an English Conversation Skills course starting Tuesday, February 2 at 12:00 noon online. The online reservation form and additional details about these courses will be available in the next issue of ISO Student News. There are limited spots available in each section, so don't delay in signing up! If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
- University of Rochester CAS 085 Practical Writing and Conversational Strategies (Fall 2015, $625)
- University of Rochester ESL Summer Intensive Program:
Intensive summer program and several course offerings during the academic year. Open to students (credit) and dependents (non-credit). Fees apply. (Email to Rebecca Allen, Instructor)
- Eastman School of Music ESL Program:
Intensive summer program and courses for ESM students. Fees may apply. (Email to Caterina Falli, Asst. Professor)
- English Language Center, Rochester Institute of Technology: Fees apply. (585) 475-6684
11-week programs offered throughout the year for various skill levels. Fees apply.
- Zuroski Consulting: (585) 271-7256
English language training and courses intercultural communication are offered for academic professionals and their families. Fees apply.
- Literacy Volunteers of Rochester: (585) 473-3030
Literacy Volunteers meet with students on an individual basis. FREE.
- ESOL Associates of Rochester: Evening and weekend classes. FREE.
- BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services): (585) 383-2210
Annual registration fee of $25. Classes and transportation to Fairport, NY are FREE.
- Rush-Henrietta Central School District: (585) 359-7918
For those 21 and older. Weekday classes are held in the morning: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Evening classes are held 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday and Wednesday. $20 non-refundable registration fee.
- City School District: (585) 262-8000
Day classes: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (Mon - Fri), Family Learning Center, 30 Hart Street
Evening classes: To be added at a later date. Please call.