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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