English Classes

Looking for an opportunity to improve your English conversation skills? Join an MFIS English Class.


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 vary in size from small conversation classes to large group sizes. Students are grouped according to their English-speaking skills. Classes are intended for international students & scholars as well as their friends and relatives.

2019 Fall Classes:

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.

English classes will officially begin Tuesday, September 10 and will run until Thursday, December 12, 2019

There will be no class on Thursday, November 28 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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 all classes depend on student interest and may be subject to cancellation if sufficient enrollment numbers are not met.  In this case students will be notified and refunded their enrollment fees.  

2019 Fall 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/