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Local English language and conversation classes

The University of Missouri and the Columbia community offer multiple programs for developing English language skills. The MU International Center does not endorse any particular language program listed here. The list is to be used only as a guide.

Free programs

Asian Affairs Conversation Partners (sponsored by the MU Asian Affairs Center): University students meet with Korean and Chinese visitors six or more times each semester to practice English and increase cross-cultural understanding.

Women's Center Language Partners Program (sponsored by the MU Women's Center): International students practice their conversational English skills with native English speakers, who in turn get to learn more about the students’ cultures. Partners meet one hour a week.

Multicultural Hour (sponsored by multiple MU organizations): International and American students join in casual conversation. Refreshments are provided.

English Conversation Group Program (sponsored by the International Friends Center): International Friends, a Christian ministry, provides an opportunity for international students and scholars to ask questions, develop listening skills, practice speaking, make friends and learn about American culture through conversations with Americans.

International Ministry Free Classes (sponsored by Campus Luthern Church): The church provides classes for students to practice pronunciation, expand their vocabulary, learn songs and poems, and pratice telephone skills.

Fee-based programs

Intensive English Program (University of Missouri): MU offers non-native speakers of English a high-quality program of intensive English language training designed to provide students with the English language skills necessary to successfully study for an academic degree at a college or university in the United States.

Accent Modification Program (MU School of Health Professions): This program assists non-native speakers of English who want to change their pronunciation of English in order to meet their communication goals.

English Language Institute (Columbia Career Center): The Career Center offers English as a second language (ESL) classes and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) classses at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

International Teaching Assistant Program

Through education, assistance and assessment, the University of Missouri Graduate School's International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) helps ensure that all teaching assistants, research assistants, graduate instructors and postdoctoral fellows who are non-native speakers of English are able to speak well enough to effectively communicate in the classroom, as required by state law and university policy.

Online self study English resources: