Community ESL at Cornell is a program organized by local community volunteers and sponsored by the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).
Conversation classes are offered for spouses and partners of international students and for visiting scholars.
These adult classes are taught by dedicated local community members who help newcomers gain confidence in English, introduce them to local customs and provide opportunities to make new friends.
Online registration for classes takes place at the start of fall and spring semester at Cornell. Middle and advanced level classes are offered and meet for 2 hours per week. Individuals who will not be in Ithaca for the start of classes, or anyone with questions should contact:
Online registration for Spring 2017 ESL classes is now closed. I’m sorry, all classes are filled and we have very long wait lists for each class. Hope you can join us in the fall when we will be offering more classes.
We are looking for local community volunteers to teach, co-teach or assist with ESL classes. ESL teaching background is not required; if you are good at organizing communication activities and leading small groups in conversation, you could lead an ESL conversation class. Please tell your friends about this opportunity, and contact us at the email above if you would like more information.
Other ESL Opportunities in Ithaca:
BOCES ESL – BOCES offers ESL classes at all levels to individuals living in the Ithaca area week days. Both daytime and evening classes are available; instruction is free but there is a registration fee per semester.
Tompkins County Public Library: Snack and Chat