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English Language Programs

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The following ESL programs are held at the International Center at 21 University Circle.

Programs are open to ESL learners at U.Va. and in the local community.

Free Programs

No registration or fee is required for the groups in this section. Participants can attend the group meetings as their schedules permit.

Book Discussion Group

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM—12 PM

Spring 2015: February 3 - April 28

Participants read and discuss Crow Lake by Mary Watson. This is an informal opportunity to improve English reading skills and your understanding of the English language. The group is led by volunteers.

English Conversation Group

Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Spring 2015: January 20 - April 28

Participants gather informally for conversation. The group leader(s) creates discussion topics and activities to help participants practice speaking English. This is an opportunity to make friends, improve English skills, and share cultures. 


English Classes


Multiskills English For Speakers of Other Languages

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00–11:00 am and 11:30 am-1:30 pm (students select one section*)

Spring 2015: January 26 - April 8 (no class on March 9 and 11)
This class focuses on the areas of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to reinforce listening, speaking, and reading for the intermediate to advanced student. Non-credit course fee for 40 hours of instruction is $200.

Advanced Oral Communication

Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am and 11:30 am-1:30 pm (students select one section*)

Spring 2015: January 29 - April 9 (no class on March 12)
This class is designed to help students speak fluently and accurately. Students will learn idioms and review parts of speech through interactive tasks such as role-play, debate, and discussion. There is weekly written homework. Non-credit course fee for 20 hours of instruction is $150.

*If enrollment numbers are low, students will be combined into the 9-11 am section for each class.

The University reserves the right to make changes to future course fees.


Application Instructions

If you have never taken Multiskills English and/or Advanced Oral Communication, you must follow the application steps below in order. Former students, please email our office ( for application details.

Step 1: Schedule a screening meeting with the instructor, Claudine O’Brien on January 7th and 8th, between 3:15 and 5 PM at The meetings will be conducted in groups. Please read the instructions on the meeting scheduling website. The sooner you schedule your meeting, the more likely you will get the time you want.

The instructor will determine in the meeting if your English level is appropriate for one or both of the classes. If you level is too low or too high, you will not be able to take the class. You do not need to do anything to prepare for it.

Step 2: If accepted into a class, our office will email you the online class registration form to complete by January 16th. Once we receive your registration, you will be billed by U.Va.

Step 3: Pay for the class online or at the Cashier’s Office. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to pay.

After the application deadline on January 16th, we will start admitting students from the waiting list if there is room.

For questions, please email the International Center at



Other English Opportunities:

Opportunities listed below are provided for your information.  They do not indicate an endorsement by the International Center and may not apply to your situation.


U.Va.’s Center for American English Language and Culture – classes and language consultants

Albemarle County Adult Education - classes

Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center - classes and conversation groups


Piedmont Virginia Community College - classes


Speak! Language Center - individual lessons


Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/Albemarle - tutors