TIPS: Truro International Programs & Services

The heart of our internationals program is our ESOL classes.  From September to May, we have two sets of ESOL classes – morning and evening.  We also have summer programs, conversation classes, and lots of special events.

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Registration is now open for the Spring 2024 semester.  The Spring semester starts on January 8 and concludes on May 14, 2024.  Registration fees are $50 and the book is an additional $35.  Register before January 1 and save $5!

TIPS stands for Truro International Programs and Services.

The heart of TIPS is our ESOL classes.

We have two sets of classes – morning and evening.

Registration: $50/semester or $80/year

Books: $35/year

Morning Classes

Morning Classes meet in person at Truro Anglican Church on Tuesdays & Thursdays:

ESOL Class: 10:00am-11:30am EST 

Five levels:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Advanced Plus
  • Super Advanced

Evening Classes

Evening Classes meet online via Zoom on  Mondays & Wednesdays:

ESOL Classes: 7:15pm-8:45pm EST 

Five levels:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Advanced Plus
  • Super Advanced

Our ESOL classes are led by volunteer teachers, with a number of volunteer assistants as well.  The classes are very interactive, and the assistants allow us to maintain small teacher-to-student ratios for practice exercises and discussions.

“Extra” Classes (both online & in person):

Conversation & Culture: Tuesdays from 12:15-1:30pm EST (in-person)
         Exploring Faith: Thursdays from 12:15-1:30pm EST (in-person and online)
These “extra” classes are conversation-based classes that are designed to let you practice your conversational English skills while making new friends and sharing with one another.

Conversation & Culture

Tuesdays from 12:15-1:30pm in person at Truro

This class is a discussion class, designed to give our students an opportunity to practice their English conversational skills and to encourage an exchange of ideas and a sharing of cultures.  Each class will begin with a short (10-15 minute) presentation on the topic of the day, then the volunteers and students will be divided into small rooms for the discussion time.  This class is free and open to all students Intermediate-level and above.

Exploring Faith

Thursdays from 12:15-1:30pm both in-person and online

This class is also a conversation class that does a literary overview of the Bible.  Learn more about the Bible and the stories of the Christian faith while practicing your English skills.

Field Trips & Special Events:

About once a month, we either take a field trip to an interesting local site or hold a special event.  Favorites include a field trip to Mt. Vernon and our Thanksgiving Celebration.

Scholarships are available.

One-to-One Conversation Partners

This popular program matches one native English speaker with one ESOL student. The two of you agree to meet 6 times over the course of the summer, at a time and place that is convenient for both of you. Popular places to meet include coffee shops or parks (or online). This is a great way to practice your English skills in a real-life situation, while also sharing about your culture with your partner. (Open to current students only.) Offered both in-person and online.

TIPS (Truro International Programs & Services) has been Truro Anglican’s “Bridge to the International Community” for more than 35 years.


Due to inclement weather, the Truro campus will be closed on Friday, January 19.

Questions? Email [email protected].