Questions? Contact us!

Kevin McCracken, associate director

Center for Business and Economic Development at IUPUC
4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Office: CC Room 169
Phone: 812.348.7302

English as a Second Language (ESL)

If you are a non-native speaker of English, we can help you increase and improve your general proficiency with our four-week series of English as a second language (ESL) classes.

This four-week noncredit evening program is designed to improve your conversational, everyday English comprehension and fluency. You will experience maximum student-teacher interaction in a supportive classroom environment. You will also earn a certificate of completion.

When offered, three separate classes will meet once per week for four weeks. Participants have the option to register for one, two, or all three classes.

Class one: Vocabulary Building 

Mondays (June 1, 8, 22, and July 6)  |  6:30-7:30 p.m.  |   Register Now
Cost: $135 includes all materials

This class focuses on building vocabulary while exploring a variety of topics. To rapidly expand their English vocabulary, participants will learn about word roots. Participants will also learn which words are useful in everyday life, versus a technical setting. 

Class two: American Conversation Topics

Wednesdays (June 3, 10, 24, and July 8)  |  6:30-7:30 p.m.  |  Register Now
Cost: $70 includes all materials

This class includes:

  •  Conversational English including everyday expressions
  • Listening comprehension and fluency
  •  Understanding American English idioms
  •  Exploration of cultural dimensions of communication
  •  Use of cultural examples as a vehicle to improve language proficiency

Class three: Pronunciation

Wednesdays (June 3, 10, 24, and July 8)  |  7:45-8:45 p.m.  |  Register Now
Cost: $70 includes all materials

This class includes:

  •  Focus on difficult sounds in English
  •  Exploration of common differences in accent
  •  Emphasis on American pitch and intonation
  •  Developing an awareness of which sounds diminish in American English

Classes will be taught by Devin Blankenship, a talented ESL instructor with more than ten years of teaching experience, including internationally. Blankenship will use Compelling Conversations, a widely recognized and respected text to supplement his instruction.