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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language | Courses | Faculty

Contact: Ingrid C. Holm, Senior Lecturer II
Office: 308B Bartlett Hall
Phone: (413) 545-4210

Lecturers Allard, Denne-Bolton, Holm.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program serves non-native speakers of English who wish to attain an expert level of second-language fluency and accuracy in academic written and spoken English. Students learn how to meet the high standards demanded by the academic community and by the professional workplace. ESL Program courses, based on Second-Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Second-Language Writing research, and Intercultural Studies focus on writing, reading, speaking, listening, the development of grammatical sophistication and accuracy, and vocabulary expansion. Two English for Specific Purposes courses are offered for international teaching assistants and for medical and healthcare students. Currently enrolled full-time undergraduate, graduate, Five College, and foreign exchange students, and university employees are eligible to register for courses.

Undergraduate students enrolled in degree programs earn credits toward graduation. All other students can enroll on a space-available basis.

For more information about the program or its courses, call the ESL Program or visit

English as a Second Language | Courses | Faculty