SHU to Offer ESL Classes at Stamford Graduate Center

News Story: May 15, 2015

Sacred Heart University will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at its Stamford Graduate Center beginning this fall. “We believe there is a huge need with the international community in Stamford,” says Professor Madeleine Golda, director of SHU’s ESL program. “Au pairs, health care professionals, international students, employees and families of employees working for of international businesses are some of the folks who might benefit from this program.” She notes that the Graduate Center is ideally located near restaurants and shopping as well as near the train station, so it will be convenient for residents of Westchester County to take advantage of the program.

SHU will offer a full-time and a part-time English language program Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation classes during the day and in the evening. The full-time program is applicable to international students on an F1 visa, Golda says.

The full-time program is set up so that grammar is emphasized on Mondays and Wednesday, and speaking is practiced on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “This allows students to take classes part time during the day. We want to offer as much flexibility as possible,” Golda says.

The site will also be a test center for Institutional TOEFL tests, so the test will be offered periodically at the campus. In addition, a course in business communications will also be offered in the evenings.

For more information or to register for classes, please call SHU at 203-365-7528.