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 by ISSA to enrich the lives and improve the English levels of the spouses of international students, scholars, and post-doctoral researches. Today, spouses of international staff and faculty are also invited to attend the classes. 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.

A “certificate of attendance” will be presented to those who meet the instructor’s criteria; however, please note that these classes are not offered for academic credit or certification.

Spouses of international post-docs and visiting scholars only: You may choose to enroll in any of the courses offered through the University with your “three-credit benefit." For assistance, visit the Graduate School in the Main Building.

ESL Class Levels 

International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) offers two ESL class levels for spouses of international students, scholars, staff, and faculty: 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 or the South Bend Community School Corporation Adult Education Center for English as a New Language (ENL) courses.

ESL Class Information 

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Fall ESL Class Information
August 23 through December 6, 2017
Monday and Wednesdays 9-11:00AM @ The Sacred Heart Parish Center
Fall ESL classes are scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 23rd. Registration is Monday, August 21st. Both levels of classes are taught. Cost for the semester is $60.00. You may pay online by clicking here or by check. Note: if you pay online email your receipt to Issa@nd.edu. Students are welcome to join the class at any point.