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About ESL

Mission Statement

The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to equip international students, across all levels and departments/programs, with the English language skills necessary to be successful in their other university classes. We accomplish this by teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses which are based on measurable student learning outcomes and incorporate best practices, including student-centered learning environments, task-based language teaching methods, and innovative technologies. In addition, we also support departmental and university-wide initiatives related to language learning and teaching.

Other Information

We do not currently offer courses for non-enrolled (non-matriculated) stStudents use the UMass Amherst Language Labudents. If you are looking for an Intensive English Language Program, please see the programs offered at the UMass Boston Campus or at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts in Northampton, MA.

If you are a visiting scholar, please contact the director and course instructor for approval to audit.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us for any further information or to discuss a specific need on campus related to our mission, please contact us at