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ESOL CenterEnglish for Speakers of Other Languages

The ESOL Center at ESF provides high quality academic support in English as a second language and orientation in U.S. culture to international students who are nonnative speakers of English.


Marshall Hall B-5


To schedule a one-on-one meeting, email njakhaia@esf.edu or mwbelant@esf.edu.

Walk-in Hours

Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m

The ESOL Center serve as an international education resource for the faculty, staff, and students of ESF. Through an array of writing workshops, reading groups, conversation meetings, one-on-one meetings, fieldtrips, and professional development, we provide students with the following:

  • Comprehensive support in English as a Second Language to international students enrolled at ESF.
  • Cultural knowledge and awareness needed to function satisfactorily, both academically and socially, in the United States.
  • Information and advice to faculty regarding teaching in multicultural setting.

What We Offer

  • Conversation groups offer opportunity to practice English speaking and listening skills through textual, and audio-visual materials. Conversation Groups are held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Reading groups are set up to promote extensive reading among students. The overall goal of the reading group is to improve international students' comprehension and critical thinking skills. The meetings are held every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Writing workshops support international writers, both graduate and undergraduates, by offering workshops on a variety of topics that are essential for college writing. The workshops are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.  
  • The Peer Mentor Program offers conversational and acculturation support to international students via one-on-one weekly meetings with the mentor. Students, graduate or undergraduate, may request  this free service by sending an email to njakhaia@esf.edu.

Note: No appointments are necessary for reading, writing and conversational meetings.

Contact Information

Nino Jakhaia, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY ESF
Director, ESOL Center

Mary-Kay W. Belant, M.A., M.F.A.
Visiting Instructor, SUNY ESF
Writing Program and ESOL

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