Community English classes are available free of charge for international students, scholars, and staff at UAB as well as for their family members and other language learners from the greater Birmingham area (must be 18 or older).  These classes take place in the Education Building (EB), which is located at 901 13th Street South, Birmingham, Room 118. Information about these classes is provided at EB 111. For additional information, contact Dr. Josie Prado at (205) 975-5045,

FALL 2018
New Student Placement Test Information
Thursdays at 7:30 pm
October 4
November 1

Evening Class Schedule
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
September 13 - December 6

Morning Class Schedule
Fridays 9:30 - 11:00 am
September 14 - December 7



Parth Purohit Charlotte SteinerThe community English classes take place during UAB’s fall, spring, and summer terms. During the fall and spring, classes take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm and on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Registration takes place at the first class and also throughout the semester. Based on a short oral test, students are placed in levels 1, 2, 3 or 4. 

These English classes are a well-established tradition within UAB’s international community, having taken place on campus for over 20 years. In 2011, these classes moved from the Smolian International House to the School of Education. Now hosted by Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the English conversation classes serve as a lab school for the master’s program in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes are taught by graduate students being trained to become ESL teachers. They are also taught by community volunteers.

During the past few years, the conversation classes have been attended by participants from over 40  countries. They have come from Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, St. Vincent, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, U.S., Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.

UAB's community English classes are offered at no cost to the participants. This free service is available thanks to the wonderful instructors (graduate students and community volunteers) who dedicate their time and talent for helping others to learn English.

Reiner Huang Tsang1
Interactive learning techniques are fun and help students improve their communication skills.

Tuerxun Pillay1
Classes are taught by graduate students learning to become ESL teachers.

Summer 2018
Caroline Chadwick, Katelyn Howard, Yuehui Huang, Peg Lawrence, Huvanya Pillay, Parth Purohit, Sridevi Ram, Ashley Reiner, Matthew Spearman, Charlotte Steiner, Puiki Tsang, Guli Tuerxun

Spring 2018

Alex Bautista, Ashley Brantley, Caroline Chadwick, Katelyn Howard, Yuehui Huang, Courtney Jeffries, Laurel Keel, Peg Lawrence, Thu Nguyen, Huvanya Pillay, Parth Purohit, Devi Ram, Matthew Spearman, Guli Tuerxun, Christiana Williams

Fall 2017
Ashley Brantley, Caroline Chadwick, Katelyn Howard, Courtney Jeffries, Laurel Keel, Peg Lawrence, Sarah Langcuster, Patrick Mackin, Patricia Merritt, Thu Nguyen, Huvanya Pillay, Parth Purohit, Matthew Spearman, Guzainuer Tuerxun

Spring 2017
Kimberly Gibson, Cody Head, Peg Lawrence, Patrick Mackin, Ashley Reiners, Haley Stevenson, Samantha Strong

Fall 2016
Maggie Bell, Robert Bullard, Shay Chambless, Madi Dominescy, Jennifer Keith, Amy McConnell, Patrick Mackin, Rebecca Ramaiah, Ashley Reiners, James Rivas, Haley Stevenson, Samantha Strong, Gonul Uguralp Cannon, Kathy Zomorrodian 

Summer 2016
Robert Bullard, Christine Cox, Josephine Cox, Angelica Jaimes, Brian Rice, Xinyu Zhai

Spring 2016

Claudia Benuelos, Robert Bullard, Shay Chambless, Candace Cooper, Josephine Cox, Christina Dennis, Rebecca Denson, Hannah Gentry, Crystal Jeffries, Laura Johnson, Jennifer Keith, Lizzy Lanham, Yasmin Oliveira, Brian Rice, James Rivas, Steven Rowlett, Ki Shin, Holly Smith, Nicole Thorp, Gonul Uguralp, Ashley Wallace, Xinyu Zhai, Kathy Zomorrodian

Fall 2015
Donna Ali, Nadia Barajas, Robert Bullard, Emily Burleson, Monica Cantwell, Shay Chambless, Josephine Cox, Alex Goldner, Laura Johnson, Jennifer Keith, Kellie Kema, Linda Lehe, Yasmin Oliveira, Michael Rosato, Steven Rowlett, Ki Shin, Gail Smith, Holly Smith, Lauren Smith, Blaine Thompson, Xinyu Zhai, Kathy Zomorrodian

Last updated: September 18, 2018