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Current Online Classes

This page lists our current online course offerings by semester and category. Start dates for each semester follow the UMass Amherst academic calendar.

Please go to the Browse Classes/Catalog on SPIRE to enroll in a course.

PLEASE NOTE: There are NO prerequisites on ANY of our courses. All ESL courses are open to any student who learned English as an additional language.

The next start date for classes is May 21, 2024

Online ESL Courses

Summer 2024

LLESL 26 Intermediate Intensive English (ONLINE CLASS) (non-credit)

In this course, students will devote 15+ hours a week to improving their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at two intermediate levels (low & high). In this online course, students will engage with a mix of lessons that they can complete on their own time with live interactions with other students and the instructor. There is also live, one-on-one tutoring.

ESL125 Techniques of Oral Communication (ONLINE CLASS) (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.

To enroll in an online class for the first time, please CLICK HERE for more information.

Online Gen Ed Courses 

Summer 2024

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

For ESL students, counts towards the Academic English Certifcate

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.

To enroll in an online class for the first time, please CLICK HERE for more information.

Online TESOL Classes

Summer 2024

LLC323 Technology for TESOL (3 credits)(ONLINE CLASS)

This course familiarizes students with the use of instructional technology in TESOL to improve language learning in a variety of educational contexts. The course will explore the theory, practice and pedagogical implications for using the latest internet and computer technologies to enhance student learning. The course is composed of lectures, discussion of selected readings, group work, and hands-on practice.