The Community English Program offers both Conversational English Classes and English Classes for Specific Purposes, which are available free of charge for any individual who is 18+ years old and who is learning English. No documentation is required. 

Conversational English Classes

These fun and interactive classes take place during UAB’s fall, spring, and summer terms. Students take classes either on Thursday evenings or Friday mornings. Registration and placement tests take place on selected dates (see below). Based on a short oral test, students are placed in levels 1, 2, 3 or 4. Childcare is available during the Spring 2020 Conversational English Classes.

*PLEASE NOTE: In line with UAB's decision to cancel in-person classes through the end of spring semester due to COVID-19, Conversational English Classes and English Classes for Specific Purposes classes will not meet in person during spring semester 2020. Please continue to check back here for news regarding in-person classes during June and July 2020. To get the latest UAB Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, visit

English Classes for Specific Purposes

This new program begins in Spring 2020 and will offer three free 10-week English courses for intermediate and advanced levels. Registration and placement tests take place on selected dates (see below).

  • TOEFL Prep Class
  • IELTS Prep Class
  • Writing for College & Workplace



UAB School of Education Building, Room 111
901 13th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama
Driving Directions and Parking

Questions? For more information, contact:

Dr. Josephine Prado
(205) 975-5045

Parth Purohit Charlotte Steiner

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 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 and by community volunteers.

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

UAB's Community English Program is 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.


Community English Program Instructors

Fall 2019
Balqees Al-Bimani, Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Erin Baxter, Eva Chang, Anna Clinkman, Laura Dabbs, Alder Feroce, Cameron Herrington, Lantong Huang, Oscar Lin, Courtney Martinez, Christen Nelms, Katie Nguyen, Vivian Peng, Athina Stavrou,Jason Zhang

Spring 2019
Sezgi Acar, Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Chih Hsin Chang, Ana de Souza, Lantong Huang, Yuehui Huang, Pui Ki Tsang, William Navarro, Christen Nelms, Thu Nguyen, Sridevi Ram, Matthew Spearman, Meghan Walker, Jiaxuan Zhang

Fall 2018
Sezgi Acar, Chih-Hsin Chang, Ana de Souza, Yuehui Huang, Pui Ki Tsang, Thu NguyenBil, Sridevi Ram, Ashley Reiners, Holly Smith, Matthew Spearman, Guli Tuerxan, Meghan Walker, Jiaxuan Zhang
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: January 14, 2020