English as a Second Language (ESL) for International Spouses

ESL students

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 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 building vocabulary. Students 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 English. We recommend that individuals who are just beginning to learn English visit the Robinson Community Learning Center, the South Bend Community School Corporation Adult Education Center and The Language Company for English as a New Language (ENL) courses.

ESL Class Information 

Esl Class Photo

Fall Class Information
The Fall 2017 classes are full.

Spring Class Information
We will begin new classes on January 15, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.