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English Classes and Tutoring

Are you looking for opportunities to improve your English skills? If so, the information below on programs offered by UB's English Language Institute (ELI), Academic Writing Institute and Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic may be helpful.

English Language Institute (ELI)

UB’s English Language Institute (ELI) offers UBinternational undergraduate and graduate students both credit-bearing and non-credit courses, as well as opportunities to develop the language skills necessary to succeed in their academic programs.

Feel free to visit the ELI in in Baldy Hall 320 for any assistance you may need. Their phone number is 645-2077 and their website is

English as a Second Language Course Listing

Fall and Spring semesters

  • ESL 407 Written English (3.0 credits)
  • ESL 408 Written English (3.0 credits)
  • ESL 411 Advanced Spoken English (3.0 credits) (offered only during the fall semester)
  • ESL 412 Advanced Spoken English (3.0 credits) (offered only during the spring semester)
  • ESL 512 Communication for International Teaching Assistants (3.0 credits)

ELI's Listening Lab

Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

The Listening Lab is available for both listening and pronunciation practice at no charge to UB international students. It is located in Clemens Hall 3.

ELI's Chat Room

Fall and Spring semesters

The Chat Room is a face-to-face conversation program offered to UB international students at no charge. Two international students meet with a UB undergraduate student for 50 minutes. Chat Room appointments are made weekly and are limited to one appointment per week starting at 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.

ELI's Evening Program

Fall and Spring semesters

Three non-credit, non-standard courses are offered through the ELI's Evening Program.

  • Advanced Communication 
  • Advanced Writing & Grammar
  • American English Pronunciation

ELI's Intensive English Program

Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a non-credit, full-time program of English language training. Students are enrolled for 25 hours per week of instruction in reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening. Students usually enroll in the IEP prior to beginning a full-time undergraduate or graduate program of study.

Accent Modification / Compton P-ESL Program

The University at Buffalo Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic offers a program which focuses on accent reduction for English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers.

Participation in the Compton program is a 13-week commitment. Each 13-week course starts at the beginning of the spring and fall semesters. Participants meet once a week in a small group setting. Days, times and location may vary each semester.

The Compton program includes the following:

  1. An initial analysis of speech production (incorporated in the 13 weeks or as scheduled)
  2. A customized learning program that addresses each client's needs
  3. 13 group sessions
  4. The Compton P-ESL workbook and training materials (CD)

Tuition / Cost:

Tuition is non-refundable, and refunds will not be issued for missed classes. Tuition is due, in full, one week prior to the scheduled start date of the program.

Acceptance into the program will be based on eligibility and available openings.

Those interested in the program should e-mail or call Theresa M. Cinotti at or 829-5535. Please write the word "Compton" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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