Other Local Programs
This is a list of programs in the Amherst area for international visitors and immigrants.*
Programs & Resources
Programs & Resources
- The Center for New Americans
Free daytime ESL classes for immigrants in downtown Amherst, Northampton & Greenfield.
- Jones Library Conversation Circles
Free conversation practice for intermediate and advanced-level speakers of English. No registration necessary.
- International Language Institute
Options include: tuition-based Intensive English Program (mornings) and free evening classes (for immigrants only)
- The First Baptist Church
Free Wednesday morning classes taught by volunteers. The church is located at 434 N Pleasant Street in Amherst and can be reached at 413-549-3596.
- Greenfield Community College
Tuition-based daytime ESL classes for speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Financial aid is available for low-income students.
- Holyoke Community College
Tuition-based daytime ESL classes at 5 different levels. Courses include reading and writing, speaking and listening, grammar, and pronunciation. Financial aid is available for low-income students. There are also evening ESL classes offered through HCC's Division of Continuing Education.
- Round the World Women
Free activities (trips, parties, speakers, etc.) and conversation groups for international women. The program is run by local volunteers. For information, contact the UMass International Programs Office at 413-545-2843.
- American Language and Culture Program
ESL & cultural orientation classes for foreign students, scholars, and their families – for a small fee. For information, contact the UMass International Programs Office at 413-545-2710.
Credit-based courses in academic writing, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary to help students master the formal conventions of academic English and meet the expectations of professors and employers in the professional workplace. For registered undergraduates, exchange students, graduate students, teaching assistants, visiting scholars, UMass employees, Five College students, and faculty. Located at 308B Bartlett Hall in Amherst, and can be contacted at 413-545-4210 or by email.
- Jones Library
Anyone who lives in Massachusetts can get a library card and borrow ESL books, CDs, and DVDs. Also, we maintain a list of many free internet sites you can use to study English independently on your computer or device.
||Hourly fee-based ESL tutoring for children and adults. Also available for early literacy and math tutoring in English, specializing in dyslexic learners. Online via Zoom during Covid. In-person available on a limited basis.
||Hourly fee-based tutoring: $20 per hour (groups of 2-3: $10 per hour). Conversation, pronunciation, writing, thesis correction, TOEFL. Will come to your house or meet in a cafe.
||Hourly fee-based tutorials.
||Hourly fee-based tutoring for individuals and small groups. Kim has a TEFL certificate and experience with all levels and ages. $35 per hour.
||Hourly fee-based tutoring: $25 per hour. Conversational English, job interview practice, proofreading/editing of academic papers. Ralph has a background in science and technology.
||Private or group tutoring. Fees are negotiable. Pronunciation, writing, reading, grammar and cultural lessons.
||Experienced in editing academic papers and coaching conversational English. Has TESOL certificate and 12 years’ experience tutoring on Skype and in his home. $20/hour.