Class Descriptions

English as a Second Language Levels 1 - 4

English classes offered at various levels: Chinese Students 

The ESL 1-4 classes let you choose your level. These classes will help you:

  • Review grammar and increase vocabulary
  • Improve your listening and speaking through discussion and conversation
  • Learn from native speakers

Cambridge Interchange and Passages Series

Range from beginning to advanced. Many students take 2 or 3 of these classes during the term.

Class Schedule

Pronunciation Class

Small group pronunciation class

American English is more than learning correct sounds. In this class you will learn:

  • stress
  • rhythm
  • intonation
  • and more! 

Pronunciation for Success, by Sheryl Holt and Colleen Meyers (UMN Faculty) 

Intermediate to Advanced

Class Schedule



Painting & Crafts Class

Painting and crafts classes offer a chance for students to practice their language skills

Debbie teaches painting techniques and is skilled in many kinds of crafts. Creating art is a wonderful way to relax from the stresses of living in another culture!

Supply Fee:
$1  per class
$7 for the semester


Contact Debbie:  

Class Schedule

TOEFL Skills Seminar

TOEFL preparation classes offered periodically

What are you academic and career goals? Do you want to pass the TOEFL exam?  Improve academic skills?  Challenge your listening comprehension and increase you speaking confidence? This class will help you reach your goals. Monday classes emphasize reading and listening. Thursday classes emphasizes speaking and writing. 

High intermediate to Advanced

Contact Sylvia with your questions and to register:

Seminar begins March 27th

Cooking Class

English learners also take part in cooking classes, where they get to practice their English in real-time.

Cooking class is held each month in the kitchen of Stadium Village Church, right next door to the CXI house. In these classes you will:

  • Learn to cook and bake everyday and holiday foods.
  • Share your own recipes 
  • Finish each class by eating lunch together. 


Supply Fee:
$3 fee for supplies.

SVC Commons Kitchen (Lower level of the church)

Next class: Indian cooking - March 24, 2017

Discussion and Culture Classes

Classes to help students learn both English and gain knowledge of Western Culture.

These classes allow students to explore many topics including:

  • current events
  • cultural comparisons
  • idioms & humor
  • the ‘art’ of living in Minnesota
  • literature and stories from different cultures 

Reading, listening, vocabulary, and conversation practice are all part of these classes.

Vary by class

Current Discussion and Culture Options:

Evening English Conversation
This class is informal and ‘open-ended’.  Bring your questions and observations about Minnesota and the Twin Cities, and be ready to talk about life in your country.  

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In this advanced English class, learn about American’s unique sense of humor in politics, families, children, and modern life portrayed in comics.

English Club
During the academic year, two Friday evenings a month are dedicated to English conversation, food, and fun!  Frank Hutton leads this lively group of American and international students. All nationalities are welcome and all levels of English.

Current News & Views
There is so much information in the media, where do you begin? Every week a different topic is presented through a reading. Through discussion, different points of view are analyzed.

Bible Stories and Discussion - if interested contact Barbara:
Have you ever wondered what is inside the covers of a Bible? As you read and discuss stories in the Bible it will help you understand history, Western literature, philosophy, human nature, and beliefs.  

Do any of these look interesting to you? Check out our Class Schedule for more information!