Graduate student writing group in the Big Red Barn

Additional English Language Support

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Cornell University and other organizations locally offer support for writing and speaking in English, which is available to all community members. 

Community ESL at Cornell

Community ESL at Cornell is a conversation program, mainly for spouses of international graduate students and visiting scholars. There is a small fee charged for each course. To learn more about Community ESL, click here.

Cornell International Teaching Assistant Program

The Cornell Center for Teaching Innoviation (CTI) International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) works with international teaching assistants (ITAs) to meet required levels of oral English proficiency for teaching assignments. The program helps ensure ITAs have a successful teaching experience. To learn more about CTU and ITAP, click here.

English for International Students and Scholars

Offered by the Cornell School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, this program provides courses that focus on English as well as social, academic, and cultural orientation to US academic environments. The courses are non-credit, charge a fee, and are available to anyone who'd like to take it (including spouses of graduate students, exchange students, visiting scholars, and post-docs). To learn more about English for International Students and Scholars, click here.

ESL Events at Tompkins County Public Library

The Tompkins County Public Library offers different ESL programs throughout the year, such as the ESL Community Read Discussion Group, ESL Snack and Chat, and an ESL Book Club, all for free. To learn more about events at the public library, click here.

T-S-T BOCES English as a Second Language Program

Funded by the New York State Education Department, the T-S-T BOCES ESL Program offers classes that focus on the English language skills needed for work, further education, and daily life. There is a registration fee. To learn more about events at T-S-T BOCES, click here.

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