English Conversation Classes

English conversation 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. These classes take place in the Education Building (EB), which is located at 900 14th Street South, Birmingham. Information about these classes is provided at EB 119. For additional information, contact Dr. Josie Prado at (205) 975-5045, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English conversation classes flyer - Spring 2014
Driving directions and parking

The English conversation classes take place during UAB’s fall, spring, and summer terms. In fall and spring, classes take place on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:45 pm and also from 7:30 to 9:00 pm; in summer, classes take place on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Most students attend either during the day or in the evening. 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 conversation 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 three 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, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, St. Vincent, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, U.S., Ukraine, VenezuelaVietnam, and Yemen.

UAB's English conversation 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.

A Tribute to the Recent Instructors of the English Conversation Classes
Graduate students: Preston Beck, Meghan Gilliland, David Hays, Gema Madi, Niajah Moore, Michael Rosato,  Susan Schell, Michael Shenk, Karen Simmons, Charlie Whitehurst
Community volunteers: Gordon and Marilyn Day


Graduate students: Trey Erwin, Sarah Frisbie, Neva Garner, Brian Higgins, Dave Hilgendorf, Monica Largess, Linda Lehe, Lilly Levinson, Angela Martin, Alexis McLean, Katie Meador, Dave Robbins (coordinator), Michael Shenk, Anna Skees, April Sledge, Delia Wenz, Mindy Zarra
Community volunteers: Gordon and Marilyn Day, Mzia Lawrence


Graduate students: Katie Clark, Wes Cobb, Kala Dunaway, Monte Erwin, Oscar Garcia, Neva Garner, Kent Hamilton, Sarah Hicks, Randa Howell, Hal Huber, Ferdous Jaradat, Jessica Johnson, Jason Novak, Dave Robbins, Noel Scott, and Erin Stephens
Community volunteers: Gordon and Marilyn Day
Graduate students: Liz Burkhardt, Katie Clark, Kala Dunaway, Oscar Garcia, Randa Graves, Kent Hamilton, Ansley Kniskern (site coordinator), Julie Paul, Laura Rivas, Lesa Rosato, Sam Smith, Erin Stephens.
Community volunteers: Nancy Abney, Susie Bagwell, Ted Carter, Gordon and Marilyn Day, Myra Taunton. 

Last updated: Nov. 26, 2013