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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

Fall 2014: September 2 - December 2; Spring 2015: January 20 - April 28

Participants read and discuss literature. 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

Fall 2014: September 2 - December 2; Spring 2015: January 20 - April 28

Participants gather informally for conversation. This is an opportunity to make friends, improve English skills, and share cultures. The group is led by volunteers.


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, reading, and writing skills for the intermediate to advanced student. Non-credit course fee for 40 hours of instruction is $200.
See application instructions below.

Advanced Oral Communication

Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Spring 2015: January 29 - April 9 (no class on March 12)
This class is designed to help students already proficient in English to speak fluently, accurately, and with the rhythm and intonation patterns of American English. Students will learn phrasal verbs 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. See application instructions below.

**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 10 minute screening meeting with the instructor, Claudine O’Brien, online- She will meet with students on August 27th and 28th, between 9 am and 2:15 pm. 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 meeting is NOT a test. You do not need to do anything to prepare for it. The purpose of the meeting is to simply help you determine which class would benefit you the most.

Step 2: Claudine will place you in the proper class. By August 29th, our office will email you the online application form to complete. You pay for the class at our office with cash or check or by mail with check only. We do not take credit cards. Address: 21 University Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Make check payable to University of Virginia.

Application and payment deadline: September 5th at 12 PM. Your registration is not complete until we receive your application AND payment. After the deadline, we will start admitting students from the waiting list.


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