English as Second Language (ESL) Class

These culturally immersive English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester. Classes cover listening skills, pronunciation, vocabulary building, conversational English and integrating ideas/American lifestyles as well as opportunities for social interaction.

Fall 2014 Schedule & Course Description:

Professional Conversation 

Every Tuesdays September 23 thru' December 16 from 6-8 p.m., Facilitator: Steve Silverman
Learn about life in the United States, gain confidence in your English skills, and make some new friends while practicing conversation. Participants will engage in activities that will enhance their English speaking ability in the workplace at UMass including discussions, debates and presentations on a variety of topics of interest. Time will be set aside to focus on specific student questions and requests.

Text Talk

Every Wednesdays September 24 thru' December 10 from 6-8 p.m. Facilitator: Terry Curtin

Description: In this class, we will explore topics most relevant to non-natives through lively English conversation. Conversational topics may include social etiquette in the U.S., current events, and local attractions and history. Through guided conversation, participants will improve their pronunciation and vocabulary. Each week, a short text at an intermediate level will also be read and discussed. The class objective is for participants to become more effective communicators in and outside their workplace environments at UMMS.


  Professional Conversation Text Talk
  Steven Silverman Terry Curtin
  Tuesdays  Wednesdays
Week 1 9/23/2014 9/24/2014
Week 2 9/30/2014 10/1/2014
Week 3 10/7/2014 10/8/2014
Week 4 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Week 5 10/21/2014 10/22/2014
Week 6 10/28/2014 10/29/2014
Week 7 11/4/2014 11/5/2014
Week 8 11/11-NO Class 11/12/2014
Week 9 11/18/2014 11/19/2014
Week 10 25-Nov 11/26/2014
Week 11 12/2/2014 12/3/2014
Week 12 12/9/2014 12/10/2014
Week 13 12/16/2014 12/17/2014 (Rain   Date)



For questions regarding the program/registration contact Lopa Dhal at 508-856-3236 or LandD@umassmed.edu . For questions regarding course content contact the Literacy Volunteers @ 508-754-8056 or email: litvolworc@gmail.com.



All UMMS employees who want to learn to speak English fluently.

For UMMS employees, suggested donation is $35 for a 12-week program. Personal Checks Only - payable to "Literacy Volunteers of Worcester." No refunds.


Online Registration for Employees
We recommend that you sign up online to reserve your space in the class. Click here to go to the registration page. Search for "English as Second language" class from the "Program" sponsored by Human Resources.

Please note that class space is limited. Preference will be given to employees. Depending on space availability, spouses/significant others may enroll.