The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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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

If you have the required proficiency level and are interested in taking one of our FOR-credit Academic English courses, please contact esl@umass.edu for further information.

We also offer non-credit Academic English courses through our Intensive English Language Program with up to 18 hours of English instruction a week. Click here: Intensive English for more information.

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 esl@umass.edu.