English has great reach and influence around the world. Teaching of the language has essentially evolved in two broad directions: instruction for people who intend to live there and for those who do not. These divisions have grown firmer as the instructors of these two “industries” have used different terminology, followed distinct training qualifications, formed separate professional associations, and so on.

Crucially, these two arms have very different funding structures, public in the former and private in the latter, and to some extent this influences the way schools are established and classes are held. Matters are further complicated by the fact that the United States and the United Kingdom, both major engines of the language, describe these categories in different terms.

ESOL’s focus is to assist persons with BNL or BSA guest badges, users, post-doctoral students, visiting appointments, and members of their immediate families. Classes are provided to help improve their English skills and public speaking abilities. Classes include beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels that address their educational needs along with supplementary cross-cultural programs that enhance communication awareness among our diverse population.

In addition, the ESOL program also assists BNL members (users, post-docs, and scientists) with professional development skills such as: speech writing & delivery, cover letter, resume, & CV reviews/updates, and interview preparation(s) & methods.

Email Ted Sampieri or call him at 631-344-4894 to join one of the free English classes available for those who work at BNL, their spouses, partners and children ages 14 and older.