We design, organize, and offer credit courses and custom-designed courses to help non-native speakers develop English language proficiency for academic success, career development, and effective communication.

ESOL Courses

Tutoring and Support Services are available to all NHTI students whose native language is not American English. These services include individualized professional support for challenges in oral and written expression, tutoring in academic subjects, test accommodations, and more.

ESOL Tutoring and Support Services can help students:

  • Understand an assignment.
  • Organize ideas before or during a writing project.
  • Clarify English vocabulary.
  • Become comfortable with grammar issues.
  • Comprehend reading assignments.
  • Read academic textbooks.
  • Document research papers properly to avoid plagiarism (a serious academic offense).
  • Summarize authors’ ideas so writing is improved.
  • Prepare and practice oral presentations.

Our support services include:

  • Testing accommodations for ESOLs
  • Support in communicating with faculty, registrar’s office, admissions, etc.
  • Individualized English study skills
  • Practice with pronunciation, listening comprehension, idioms
  • Computer and word processing assistance
  • … and more!

To make a tutoring appointment: Contact Rosie Smith by phone at 603-271-6484 x4410, 603-230-4055, or by email at  rhughessmith@ccsnh.edu.

In collaboration with other divisions, services, and departments, we provide resources and information and facilitate the development of cultural competence, multicultural awareness, interpersonal communication, and conflict management in our increasingly diverse community.

  • Guest teaching and presentations for academic classes
  • Training sessions and workshops (tailor-designed for specific needs)
  • Cultural Competence Team
  • Resources and community network
  • Student activities including the Multicultural Festival and the Cultural Exchange Club

This service assists students with multicultural/multilingual backgrounds with the challenges they face in academic studies, interpersonal communication, and cultural transition.

  • Academic advising
  • Initial contacts
  • Cultural adjustment assistance
  • Enrollment/retention assistance
  • ESOL placement testing
  • Placement and registration
  • Ongoing needs assessment
  • Follow-up progress
  • Service coordination
  • Multicultural events and activities
  • Cultural Exchange Club advising

The Conversation Partners Program facilitates cultural exchange between native English-speaking students and non-native English-speaking students outside of the classroom environment, thereby promoting cross-cultural communication and maintaining a friendly environment at NHTI. 

For the non-native English speakers, the Conversation Partner Program is an opportunity to meet Americans, learn more about American culture, and practice their spoken English. 

For native English speakers, the Conversation Partners Program provides an opportunity to meet people from different countries and to learn more about different cultures. 

To learn more and sign up, contact Rosie Smith at rhughessmith@ccsnh.edu.

Conversation Partners Handbook (PDF)

Meet Our Staff

Rosemarie “Rosie” Hughes-Smith is the project coordinator/ESOL tutor and has been with NHTI since 2013. She manages the Conversation Partner Program, in which we pair up second language/culture students in our ESOL program with native-speaking students from other programs. This program offers our ESOL students the ability to practice their English language skills with native speakers, while at the same allowing native speakers to learn about different cultures of the world. She is also co-advisor of the Cultural Exchange Club (CEC), a student-run organization on campus devoted to exploring issues of culture, language, and diversity. It hosts numerous on-campus and community events throughout the academic year.

B.S., Granite State College
M.S., Southern New Hampshire University
603-271-6484 x4410

Our Community Network

  • Second Start – English as a Second Language Program
    17 Knight Street, Concord, NH 03301
    Phone: 603-228-1341
    Fax: 603-228-3852
    email: ESL@second-start.org 
    Second Start is a private non-profit educational corporation offering a wide variety of programs designed to improve the economic and educational well-being of New Hampshire residents.

    The English as a Second Language Program offers adult instruction in English conversation, reading, writing, grammar, and survival skills to refugees and immigrants. Cross-cultural communication, cooperative learning, and the development of self-confidence are important components of the ESL Program. Ongoing enrollment. Free classes.

  • Community Education – Concord High School
    170 Warren Street, Concord, NH 03301
    Phone: 603-225-0804
    Fax: 603-225-0826
    email: class@csd.k12.nh.us