Other Local Programs

This is a list of programs in the Amherst area for international visitors and immigrants.*

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.
  • UMass
    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.
* Visitors are here for a limited time, for example on a tourist, F-1, F-2, or J visa. Immigrants are here to live, work, and stay permanently in the United States.

Private Tutors

Jim Luippold
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.
Lisa Talis
Hourly fee-based tutorials.
Kim Wolfson
Hourly fee-based tutoring for individuals and small groups. Kim has a TEFL certificate and experience with all levels and ages. $35 per hour.
Ralph Sturgen



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.
Laura Dintino
Private or group tutoring. Fees are negotiable. Pronunciation, writing, reading, grammar and cultural lessons.
David Nielsen



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.