English Resources

For many international students, scholars and spouses, functioning primarily in English can be a new and challenging experience.  The Raleigh area has numerous English language resources for non-native speakers as a result of our area’s growing international population.  Whether you are just beginning your study of the English language, want to expand your English vocabulary or wish to work on your accent, opportunities are available for all English levels!

English Conversation Club (ECC)

Level: All
Cost: Free
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Website: go.ncsu.edu/ois-ecc
Contact: lauren_ball@ncsu.edu or by phone at (919) 515‐2961

No Registration Required – just attend the meetings that work with your schedule. 

If you’re looking for a relaxed place to practice your English or you are a native English speaker that enjoys interacting with international students and scholars, then English Conversation Club (ECC) is the place for you!  There is no application or registration required.  We only ask that participants come ready to talk and have fun!  English Conversation Club is a great place to learn commonly used idioms, practice your conversation skills and learn American vocabulary.

English Conversation Club currently meets in two locations to provide variety and to better serve the needs of all participants.  You are welcome to attend either or both conversation groups.

  • English Conversation Club on Centennial Campus meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Check the ECC webpage for the meeting location.
  •  English Conversation Club on North Campus meets every Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Check the ECC webpage for the meeting location.

Language Labs (Withers 131 and Laundry 214 – Language & Computer Labs Building)

Level: All
Cost: Free
Time: 131 Withers Hall: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
214 Language & Computer Labs Building: Monday‐Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
Friday 8 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m.; Saturday 12‐7 p.m.; Sunday 1‐5 p.m.
Website: http://chasslabs.chass.ncsu.edu/laundry/home
Phone: (919) 513‐2462 (Laundry) or (919) 515‐3358 (Withers)

Unity ID and Password Required
Both labs are equipped with an excellent language program called “Tell Me More” to practice listening, speaking, and writing. The “Ellis” software is also available. Each lab also contains the software that enables the keyboards to type in different languages. In addition, there are practice tapes for the Speak Test in the Laundry 214 lab. This lab also contains web cameras, microphones, and headsets to use when calling to your home country.

English as a Second Language Classes – Conversation and Pronunciation

Level: All
Cost: Free
Contact: Jillian Haeseler –  jshaesel@ncsu.edu

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers ESL Conversation and Pronunciation classes. The classes are free and open to international graduate students, visiting scholars, and dependents. Start anytime during the semester.

Check the department’s website and scroll to the bottom of the page for the current schedule of free ESL courses.

English as a Second Language Courses at NC State University

Check the FLE Courses website for information about each of the courses.

WRITTEN SKILLS COURSES AND SCHEDULE       

FLE 100 – Introduction to Academic Writing

FLE 101 – Academic Writing and Research

FLE 402 – Research and Technical Writing for International Graduate Students

ORAL SKILLS COURSES                           

FLE 201 – Oral Communication in English

FLE 400 – American English Pronunciation

FLE 401 – Advanced Oral Communication in English for International Students

Intensive English Program (IEP)

North Carolina State University’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is a full-time, non-credit academic program offered Fall and Spring semesters for international students. Students who attend this program can take classes to acquire English proficiency in all key language skills. A Form I-20 (certificate of eligibility for an F-1 student visa) will be issued to admitted students.

The IEP also provides an opportunity to improve English skills before admission into a degree program for those Undergraduate Admissions applicants at NC State who meet competitive academic requirements for admission but have not met yet minimum English proficiency requirements.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes – Wake Tech Community College

These ESL classes offer students opportunities to increase speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. There are a variety of sites, and students may enroll at each site until classes are full.

Level: Beginner-Advanced
Cost: Free, registration is required (There is a charge for TOEFL classes.)
Visit the Wake Tech ESL website for more information and the ESL class schedule.