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  • ESL at UMass Amherst

    The ESL program offers Academic English courses to students who have learned English as an additional language. Our program supports the needs of students across all disciplines, and our courses focus on aspects of English relevant within the university context.


  • Task-based Instruction

    As part of our teaching approach, we engage students in real world tasks they need to accomplish. This approach helps students develop fluency and confidence in English communication.


ESL Faculty Member, Pamela Shea, Nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award

December 10, 2017

The UMass Amherst ESL program is very pleased to announce that Pamela Shea has been nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award.

The ESL Program has MOVED!

September 01, 2017

At the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester, the location of the English as a Second Language Program moved to Machmer Hall, Rooms 407A & B. The program is no longer housed in Bartlett. You can...

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As speakers of English as an additional language, you may face challenges during your studies at UMass Amherst in using English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Our faculty are trained EAP instructors and will help you improve your academic language skills, leading to greater academic success. Our courses, designed for both undergraduate and graduate students, are student-centered and focus exclusively on the needs of second language learners, as such, we maintain small class sizes so that you can receive individualized feedback regarding your specific language needs.

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