One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
English as a Second Language (ESL) for International Spouses
The English as a Second Language (ESL) for International Spouses Program at the University of Notre Dame was created to enrich the lives and improve the English levels of the spouses of international students, scholars, and post-doctoral researches. Experienced instructors teach conversational English, American culture, English grammar, and English literature. In the class, everyone has the chance to speak English and to ask questions. At break time, students have the opportunity to make friends from other countries.
ESL Class Levels
There are two ESL class levels: Developing and Expanding.
The Developing Level is for those with a beginning to intermediate knowledge of English. This level is for students who would like to expand their English vocabulary, improve writing and speaking skills, and work on accent reduction. This class uses interactive dialogue exercises to help build conversational fluency and a culture book to help new arrivals understand the American way of life.
The Expanding Level is for students who have a good command of the English language but would like to work toward expressive fluency and spontaneity on a wide range of topics. This class focuses on literature and vocabulary building. Students will also have the opportunity to do extensive creative writing for class assignments and publications.
ISSA does not offer classes for those who are just beginning to learn the English language. For those individuals, we recommend they visit the Robinson Community Learning Center, the South Bend Community School Corporation Adult Education Center, or The Language Company for English as a New Language (ENL) courses.
Spring 2018 ESL Class Information
The ESL class is currently FULL. Please check back for more information regarding our next session in the Fall of 2018.
Questions? Contact ISSA@nd.edu.
When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.