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Current Courses on Campus

This page lists our current (credit-bearing) course offerings for current UMass Amherst students by category and semester.

Graduate students can enroll in any of our 100-level ESL courses.

To enroll in a course, please visit SPIRE and search "English as a Second Language." Enroll as you would in any other university section course at UMass.

PLEASE NOTE: There are NO prerequisites on ANY of our courses.

On Campus ESL Courses


ESL125 Techniques of Oral Communication (3 credits)

In this course, students will gain confidence in speaking English in the university setting by practicing speaking in a variety of academic contexts, including informal interactions with other students and staff/faculty, effective communication with professors during office hours, participation in class discussions, and delivery of class presentations.

ESL126 Vocabulary & Comprehension of Academic English (3 credits)

In this course, students will work on increasing their knowledge and production of highly frequent academic vocabulary found across academic disciplines. They will also improve their reading fluency and comprehension of university-level texts through practicing close reading techniques and performing fluency exercises aimed at improving more automatic word recognition.

ESL129 Oral Comprehension of Academic & Professional Genres (3 credits)

This course emphasizes the mastery of listening skills and note-taking with a focus on current topics and controversial issues presented in academic and professional lectures, as well as other oral genres.

ESL131 Academic Presentations (3 credits)

In this course, students will explore, practice, and master a broad range of skills associated with delivering effective presentations. 

ESL601 Research Writing (3 credits)

This course is focused on creating written products that are discipline specific and based on original research. Students will read and analyze research papers within their own fields; practice writing abstracts, various sections of research reports, as well as other products.

LLC125 Intercultural Communication: Language & Identity (4 credits- Gen. Ed. SB, DG)

We live in an increasingly globalized world, where living and working with people from various cultures is nearly an everyday occurrence. These interactions, combined with ever-growing opportunities for students to explore and study in foreign settings, make it important to master effective ways to engage and learn from these experiences. This course will engage students interested in developing intercultural competence with an eye towards fostering diverse and vibrant communities that coexist peacefully.


On Campus TESOL Courses*


LLC321 The Practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This course provides an introduction to practice of teaching English as an additional language. Students will gain experience creating lesson plans, classroom materials, and assessments, and a significant component of the course consists of practicum-related tasks.

*PLEASE NOTE: ALL TESOL courses are ONLINE asynchronous courses even for currently enrolled on campus students. To enroll without the UWW fee, please select the university section of the course.