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English for the Family



It is difficult to feel comfortable in a place where you do not speak the language. We want everyone in the Village to feel comfortable and at home, so we are doing our best to provide resources that can help international students and their families learn English.

International Tea N' Talk

Open to members of the University Village and greater community who enjoy worldwide friendships. Come and share tea, snack, conversation and cultural traditions from around the globe! Tea and afternoon snacks will be provided. Children are welcome. 2-3:30pm every 1st and 3rd Friday. Contact:

America 101

America 101 is a wonderful English program designed for students, staff, and families living in University Village. (See our photo gallery!)

Topics include "911, I Need Help!" "American Slang," "How to Interview" and more. Form more information, visit the Village Recreation Webiste at

English Language Learner Classes

Help your child get a strong start! Small class size (4-5 maximum) ensures that all students get special attention as they master English at their own pace. Meaning, grammar and vocabulary will be covered each day. Games and role play will be used to give children realistic practice in situations with which they are familiar. Visit the Village Recreation Webiste at

Afterschool Homework Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 3pm - 5:30pm, and Wednesdays from 2pm - 5:30pm, during the school year. Children ages 8-12 (Grades 3-6) can receive help with his or her homework in the Community Center. Volunteers and staff are available to assist with arithmetic, reading, composition and science homework. Does your child need reading or English support? Our Reading Incentives Program provides a place for your younger child to pick a book from our selection and read aloud with a Reading Buddy. Older students can read silently and then discuss the book with a buddy. Fun prizes can be earned just for reading! YOUR CHILD MUST BE REGISTERED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION. For questions, contact Wendy Ellison at For Registration Form Packet, click here.

English for Adults

Albany Adult School offers free drop-in English classes. For more information, see the Albany Adult School.

English for Children

If English is not your native language, the school district has a special program for you, your spouse, and children, called English as a Second Language (ESL).

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program designed to help those students who do not speak English well. ESL classes are held in all Albany Schools, from Kindergarten to 12th grade. ESL students work in small groups outside their regular classroom with a special ESL instructor. They meet 2 to 5 times a week, depending on the student’s individual needs. ESL classes for adults are held at Adult Schools, including the Albany Adult School.

There is also a very useful booklet called School in a New Country where you can find some answers to the most common questions about American schools. It is available at the Albany Unified School District Office, located at 1051 Monroe St, Albany. The booklet is also available at any school in Albany.

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