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English Language Programs

The following programs are held at the International Center and are open to ESL learners at U.Va. and in the local community.

Book Discussion Group

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM—12 PM

Spring 2015: February 3 - April 28

No fee or registration required. 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

No fee or registration required. 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. 

Multiskills English Class

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)
Registration and fee are required. 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 Class

Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Spring 2015: January 29 - April 9 (no class on March 12)
Registration and fee are required. 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.

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

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The following local English programs 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