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  • ESL at UMass Amherst

    The ESL program offers a variety of courses and programs related to the learning of English as an additional language. Our courses support the needs of students across all disciplines & levels and 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.

  • Certificate in Academic English

    Improve your academic and professional English! Complete five classes and earn your Certificate in Academic English for speakers of English as an additional language. 

  • American Culture & Language Program

    The ESL program is now offering an evening English class focused on American cultural concepts. Classes are conversationally-based and open to all speakers of English as an additional language in the community. 


Welcome to our Social Media Intern!

November 02, 2022

Join us in welcoming our new Social Media Intern, Vicky Varney! Vicky will be working with us throughout the academic year to share our events, news, and more on our social media platforms. She is...

Welcome to our new TESOL Interns!

October 06, 2022

Join us in welcoming five new TESOL Interns from our TESOL Certificate program to our program this fall! Four of our interns are co-teaching in our American Culture & Language program, an...

ESL Tutoring Service Now Open SPRING 2022!!!

February 07, 2022

Our spring ESL tutoring service is now open. To sign up for a session and find out more details, visit: ...

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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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