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Our free English classes teach adult refugees, immigrants, citizens and asylees all levels of English from literacy to pre-college readiness. Students of all immigration statuses are welcome.

Classes are offered in-person and online. See our list of classes and schedules below. To join online classes, you will need a computer with internet or a smartphone with the Zoom app and to attend in-person registration. To join in-person classes, you will need proof of vaccination for Covid-19.

MFIP or school verification question? Contact the Languages Program Manager, Stacy.


Register for English Class

Who can take classes?

  • Students must be:
    • adult (17+)
    • living in Minnesota
    • not enrolled in high school
    • vaccinated for COVID-19 (in-person class)

How do I register for class?

  • Mondays:
    • Walk-in, no appointment needed
    • Come to the Institute anytime between 2-4pm
    • Meet with intake staff to test and register
  • Tuesdays:

English Class Schedule


ENGLISH CLASSES

Core Classes:

English A 

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Stacy

Delivery: in-person and zoom


English B

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Mary Ellen

Delivery: in-person


English C

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Teacher: Liz

Delivery: in-person


English D

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Teacher: Quyen

Delivery: in-person


Foundational Classes:

Verb Tenses

Practice using the various English verb tenses in a grammar focused setting. 

When: Wednesdays & Thursdays 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Teacher: Volunteer Shirley

Delivery: online


Writing Strong Sentences

Learn writing skills to grow from word to sentence to paragraph. 

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Teacher: Dani

Delivery: in-person


Writing Strong Paragraphs

Learn writing skills to grow from sentences to paragraphs and essays. 

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Liz

Delivery: in-person and zoom


Advanced Pronunciation

Practice speaking clearly. 

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Teacher: Sarah

Delivery: zoom


Listening & Speaking In-Person

Practice focused on listening skills needed for daily life. 

When: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Quyen

Delivery: in-person

Listening & Speaking Online

Practice focused on listening skills needed for daily life. 

When: Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Teacher: Abdel

Delivery: zoom


Conversation In-Person

Practice your speaking skills with native speakers of English. 

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. or Mondays & Wednesdays 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Delivery: in-person

Conversation Online

Practice your speaking skills with native speakers of English. 

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Delivery: zoom


Are you ready for College or University?

See our College Readiness Academy program page.


SKILLS CLASSES

 

Computers for Work

Learn the skills and programs needed to apply, interview, and communicate in a US workplace. 

When: Mondays & Wednesdays 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Teacher: Abdel

Delivery: in-person


Work Readiness

Learn skills to find and gain employment: resume writing, job searches, applications, interviews, workplace communication, and American office culture. 

When: Fridays 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

Teacher: Abdel

Delivery: online


Math

Learn the skills and English vocabulary for beginner math (+-x/=). 

When: Fridays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Teacher: Quyen 

Delivery: zoom


Citizenship

Citizenship class is designed for those preparing for the Citizenship test. Learn about US History, Government, and practice the Citizenship interview. 

When: See Citizenship site

Teacher: Dani

Delivery: in-person and zoom


Community Orientation Workshops

Community Orientation Workshops teach about life in the United States.

Teacher: Kaija & Carrie

Delivery: in-person and zoom


Driver’s Education

Learn about the permit test.

For the adapted Minnesota Driver’s Manual click here.

When: Mondays and Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Teacher: Volunteer Nick


Are you looking for job training?

See our Hospitality Career Pathway or Nursing Assistant Training Program.


English for Work Overview

The English for Work program provides a context for all students to learn English skills that will increase life opportunities, employability, and a sense of belonging. Our teachers emphasize language needed for success in work, society, and daily life. Our program provides participants with a stimulating, student-centered environment that promotes student engagement and production of language.

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