English Clusters
(Free ESL Classes)

English Clusters are free weekly ESL classes offered at varrying times and locations on campus to help International Students, Faculty, and community members improve their English and to learn about local culture. 

English Clusters are taught by current undergraduate and graduate students who are studying English Edcuation, or similar fields. All classes are free and are open to anyone who would like to join. Topics range from speaking workshops to TOEFL prep to Southern Culture. 

If you are interested in trying an English Cluster, read through the list of English Cluster sessions we offer, as well as the current schedule. While all are welcome to attend, we do ask that you sign-up ahead of time using the link to below. This helps us to know how many to plan for and to ensure that our sessions remain small enough to create the best and most productive environment.

Classes for the Fall 2017 semester have concluded. We will post the Spring 2018 semester class schedule soon and those classes will begin on Monday, January 22nd, 2018.

Sign-Up for English Clusters
SPRING SEMESTER 2018 (Coming Soon)
English Cluster Class Descriptions for Fall 2017

All classes last for 50 minutes and are held in Old Athletics Building (IEP 1) Rm. 5

  1. Mondays at 6:00 p.m. with Shaila Collins This class is designed for students, who have at least a conversation level of English, to improve their general listening & speaking skills. During the first class, students will identify which particular skills they want to practice and focus on; however, typical topics include American slang, understanding various dialects & accents, and improving the natural flow of speaking.
    Listening & Speaking Skills
  2. Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. with David Hamidy This class is designed for students, who have at least a conversation level of English, to improve their general reading & writing skills. During the first class, students will identify which particular skills they want to practice and focus on; however, typical topics include critical reading skills, academic writing, and fundamental grammar skills.
    Academic Writing Skills
  3. Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. with Kelly Slater This class is designed for students, who have at least a conversation level of English, to improve their general pronunciation skills. Using a linguistic and phonetic approach, this class will help students to practice their pronunciation, as well as to notice common variations from standard English.
    Pronunce Skills
  4. Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. with Katie Stickle This class focuses on helping students improve their oral skills and ability to create and give effective presentations. Students will discuss what makes an effective presentation and practice a variety of speaking, listening, and presenting techniques.
    Oral & Presentation Skills
  5. Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. with Joane Cheng This class will allow students to practice their English skills by playing interactive board games. Students will be exposed to various American games while also engaging in speaking, listening, and vocabulary acquisition.
    Speaking & Listening Through Games
  6. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. with Shaila Collins This class will help students experience and practice English vocabulary and dialogue related to the sciences. Students will discuss and participate in various projects to help them practice this, including working with the on-campus drone club to design and fly drones.
    Vocab & Commun. Skills
  7. Mondays at 7:00 p.m. with Vinny Udeshi This class will help students to practice common business skills in English. Students will learn about and practice writing resumes, professional communication, ethics, and job interviews, as well as other related items that students might be interested in.
    Business English
  8. Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. with Vinny Udeshi This class will help students to better understand and appreciate American pop culture, including music, shows, slang, and more, through a relaxed discussion-style format.
    American Pop Culture
  9. Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. with Anlu Zhu This class will feature discussions about topics that are currently popular in local, national, and international news. Participants will have ample opportunities to practice their speaking and listening skills in a casual environment.
    Current Issues Discussion
  10. Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. with Kelly Slater This class is designed to help international students prepare to take the TOEFL. Instruction will be focused around the iBT version; however, most of the skills taught are applicable to other versions as well. Students will learn general test taking strategies and review the skills assessed in each section of the exam.
    TOEFL Prep
  11. Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. with Kelly Slater This class is designed to help international students prepare to take the GRE. Students will learn general test taking strategies and review the skills assessed in the writing and verbal reasoning sections of the exam.
    GRE Prep
  12. Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. with David Hamidy This class is designed to help international students and faculty to practice and improve their skills for teaching in American and in English. This class is especially practical for international teaching assistants who want to both improve their English and teaching skills.
    English Skills for International T.A.s