English Classes

We are currently suspending the English Classes program due to Coronavirus (2019NCOV) concerns. We monitor the situation closely and will reconvene our program once health and travel concerns are cleared.


We offer classes that emphasize conversation and include practical help for everyday life in Madison. MFIS English classes are taught by volunteers with a range of English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching experience.  Classes are intended for UW-Madison international students & scholars as well as their relatives and friends. Classes vary in size from small conversation classes to large group sizes.

All classes meet at the First Baptist Church, 518 N. Franklin Avenue (near University Avenue on Madison’s near west side) but have no religious affiliation. Email EnglishClasses@MFISMadison.org with any questions.

Class Descriptions

Click on the course name for more information about that class.

Conversation English I

Get started with English vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. This class will familiarize you with American culture and customs. Emphasis will be on everyday English and pronunciation. Class activities will be based on student input. This class is appropriate for students with little or no English.

Conversation English II

Improve speaking, listening and pronunciation skills. Topics of interest will include issues of day-to-day living and broader aspects of life in the USA. There will be personal presentations by class members as well as the reading and discussion of short articles. This class is appropriate for students who have studied English before but are still not confident in their conversational skills.

Conversation English III

The goals of this advanced class are lively conversation with a focus on fluency and using everyday expressions in a friendly and relaxed setting. We cover topics of interest to students through a variety of readings and activities, integrating grammar and pronunciation throughout the course. This class is appropriate for those who are almost fluent in English.

Class Schedule





Conversation I

Tuesday and Thursday



Conversation II

Tuesday and Thursday



Conversation III

Tuesday and Thursday



Parent/Child Conversation

Tuesday and Thursday



*Please note: MFIS makes every effort to hold classes. However, classes may be cancelled in the event of bad weather conditions. Although we will try to schedule make-up courses, our ability to do so would be dependent on teacher and space availability. We do not offer refunds on cancelled classes. 

English Classes Registration:

To learn more about how to register, please click here: English Class Registration.

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Interested in volunteering as an English class teacher?  Email EnglishClasses@MFISMadison.org.  Please note class times above.

For information about other English as a Second Language classes for adults, check with the University of Wisconsin’s Continuing Studies program at: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/collections/english-language-program/