ESL and Life Skills

We offer 25 hours of ESL classes weekly, from Monday to Friday, at Beginning and Intermediate levels.  Enrollment is open year-round, and classes are free or low-cost. RIC-AAU’s ESL program is often ranked first in Utah for proficiency increases!

Why ESL and Life Skills?

Refugees and immigrants often arrive in Utah knowing little to no English. Learning English is crucial to success in education, work, and the path to self-sufficiency.  In addition to language barriers, many aspects of everyday life in the U.S. are new to refugees and immigrants—for example, using public transportation, understanding report cards, and filling out job applications.  Inclusion of life, work, and civics topics in English language classes accelerates students’ process of integration.

Our Program

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is focused on increasing students’ English proficiency, allowing them to become more active members of the community. We tailor our classes to the unique needs of refugees and immigrants through maintaining year-round open enrollment, keeping student fees low, limiting class sizes, and integrating civics education and life skills into the classroom. Classes also include financial literacy education, through funding from the Smart Investing @ Your Library grant. We offer daytime and evening classes, and have a Learning Lab that is open in the afternoons for supplementary learning opportunities.

To register for classes, students should contact ESL Program Supervisor Gayane Manukyan at or (801) 467-6060 to schedule an appointment.

Program Contact

Gayane Manukyan,
ESL Program Supervisor

Phone: (801) 990-9475
Email:  

Refugee & Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah
155 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101
Tel: 801-467-6060 | Email:  | Contact Us

Business Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm

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