the university of alabama

English is an essential skill in today’s society and more over if you are living in United States! Tuscaloosa offers a great variety of classes whether you want to learn to speak English to get a job or just so you can talk to your neighbors, there is a great class for you. ESL (English as a Second Language) programs helps people from other countries to build their skills in English.


Classes to help adults improve their English skills are available during the day and evening hours, depending of the location. Some of them also offer child care in order moms with children under 5 years old can assist. Normally, placement tests are used to determine the most appropriate level of instruction for each adult learner. There is emphasis in all classes on life skills, which are needed by non-native speakers for basic survival and interaction in the community.



If  want you need is to improve your English skills but also get a English language certificate these are some of the places for you.


UA English Language Institute. The University of Alabama


The UA English Language Institute offers an unique experience to enjoy and submerge in the culture and lifestyle of one of the most beautiful campus in US. Different courses that adapt to everybody necessities are given around all year. It includes not only onsite classes but also all kind of after classes activities along with exiting trips are also offered to students.

These Intensive English Programs are accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and which is a member of UCIEP (University & College Intensive English Programs) and English USA.


Where to go:

The University of Alabama

400 McCorvey Drive

101 BB Comer

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

free english classes

1. Shelton State community college

Adult Education Programs


Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa and is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state of Alabama. Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students. Here you can find a big range of courses, not only to improve your English language but also different academic programs in diverse areas.


English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered free of charge in Shelton State where you can learn English skills by using real life situations like going to the doctor’s office or filling out a job application as well as providing a civics’ component.


Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m






Office: Fredd Campus Building 200

Phone: 205.391.2662


Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday - 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - noon



2. University of alabama

Global Café Language Learning Center


Global Café is based in  one to one methodology. You can contact them, set an appointment and enjoy of a relax conversation with both community members or American students. It is a good way of learning and making new friends at the same time that  practice the English language.


They also offer others interesting activities like Lunchtime Seminars or special events that change and where everybody can assist without appointment, Check the calendar!


Center for Community-Based Partnerships

The University of Alabama

1114 Capital Hall

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0372


Phone: 205-348-7392

Email: beverly.hawk@ua.edu


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3. First Baptist church of Tuscaloosa

Conversational English classes are taught by trained volunteers. All classes meet in the basement of First Baptist’s main building, beneath the chapel and sanctuary. All levels are offered. No pre-registration is needed. Everyone is welcome!


Wednesday Classes – 5:45 – 7:15 pm

Thursday Classes – 9:30 – 11:30 am


721 Greensboro Avenue

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone (205)345-7554

E-Mail vial@fbctuscaloosa.org


Transportation: A bus can pick you up for your class on Thursday mornings. Please call the church office at 205-345-7554 by Wednesday if you need a ride. Sometimes teachers and students can offer transportation for other classes.


Childcare: Provided free of charge for children fours years old and younger in the Family Ministry Building