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The University of Kentucky International Center
Adult ESL classes that allow students to practice conversation and pronunciation.  Participants will learn vocabulary, phrases and American slang.  Join a class at anytime.  These classes are available to the University’s J-1 Visiting Scholars, J-2, F-2 and H-4 spouses. There will be social activities throughout the year.  Classes are free.

Krystiane Evans (

The Semi-Intensive English Program at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
Sponsored by UK's English Department, this is an ESL-for-Academic-Purposes program and accepts individuals age 16 and older.  There are also several ESL–Specialty Classes, including “English Pronunciation for Non-Native Speakers,” “Professional Writing for Non-Native Speakers” and “TOEFL Preparation.”  Dates, hours and fees vary.

ESL Main Office (859.257.7003)

The International Conversation Hour (ICH)
An on-campus resource for those who want to practice every day, conversational English and meet international and U.S. students.  Classes are free.

Judith Prats (


Operation Read
ESL assessment and classes.  The office is located in The Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street.  Classes are free.

Wilma Clapp (859.254.9964)

The Community Education Program
Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) offer a highly-regarded program with multiple ESL classes in the Fall and Spring at Lafayette High School.

Lafayette High School Counseling Office
(859.381.3474, ext. 21479)


Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM)
Located in the Baptist Campus Ministry, 429 Columbia Avenue.  The BCM is located behind Young Library.  Contact the BCM for a class schedule.

BCM (859.257.3989)
Jackie Horne (

On-campus ESL
On-campus ESL classes are held at Cooperstown and Shawneetown Apartments.

Doug Johnston (

Porter Memorial Baptist Church
Offered September-May at 4300 Nicholasville Road.  Students are able to join class whenever they can.  Classes are divided into four levels.  Childcare and transportation are provided.  Classes are free.

Renee Bibb (859.223.5496)