Students at Aston International Academy enjoy dynamic classes with experienced, professional teachers. AIA teachers have years of experience teaching adult learners English as a Second Language and many have graduate degrees in TESOL, English or Linguistics. Classes are small and students appreciate having time to practice and use their English with teachers and fellow students, as well as during the various out-of-class opportunities set up by the school. AIA is ideally located in the heart of Austin, Texas and every week we make sure to explore exciting local sights and events. Aston International Academy is part of the Aston Educational Group that has helped over 1 million students worldwide with their educational dreams.
The ESL Program at HOFT Institute (HOFT ESL) delivers preset and customized English as a Second Language programs, standardized test preparation courses and tests (academic/language), curriculum development services, and ESL/EFL teacher training to students, faculty and institutions globally. Over 80 partnerships with higher education institutions throughout the United States position HOFT ESL as a premier gateway for continued academic pursuits via their pathway and bridge programs. The HOFT Institute is located in Austin, the capital city of the state of Texas and the home of several prestigious institutions of higher education. Co-located with the Institute, the HOFT ESL student population interacts daily with US students. Each year, HOFT ESL hosts a student population from ages 14 and up who come from over 30 countries. The Institute is conveniently located inside The University of Texas at Austin’s greater campus environment and provides the ESL students with study rooms, a student break room, computer lab, and free Wi-Fi within a walled garden setting. HOFT ESL is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), a national organization that maintains rigorous quality standards for every aspect of an educational program from facilities through program delivery. HOFT ESL is authorized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) of the United States Government to use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to issue I-20’s for students travelling to study in the United States. HOFT ESL is approved by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization, as an authorized testing site for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). HOFT ESL instructs English reading, writing, listening/speaking, and grammar at five distinct levels of proficiency, taking the student from their first words in English progressively upward to the mastery level where they can read, write, and present for a university level course. In addition to English courses, HOFT ESL also helps each student to acclimate to American culture and customs. Coaching and preparing for life in America begins before students arrive in Austin. The ESL program has an average student to teacher ratio of 12 to 1 with a maximum of 16 to 1 in all components except writing which boasts a 10 to 1 teacher to student maximum. HOFT ESL’s interactive multi-media language-learning process ensures a quick acquisition of the language. HOFT ESL delivers specialized instruction for standardized tests including SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS. The Institute provides additional instruction through program electives. Our new and highly rated English for Health Sciences elective prepares non-native speakers for careers in the medical professions. Among other popular electives are Business English, Pronunciation/Accent Reduction, and American Culture. HOFT ESL utilizes the Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessments English Placement Test, designed jointly by Cambridge and Michigan universities (CaMLA EPT), a widely used, well validated, and nationally recognized assessment tool for monitoring academic progress. HOFT ESL’s faculty are certified to teach English as a Second Language, have a minimum of five years teaching experience in intensive program formats and are experienced in helping students learn the English vocabulary, grammar, idioms, writing, pronunciation and conversational speech patterns. All of the full-time faculty have travelled and/or taught internationally, and hold advanced teaching degrees.
TIEP is an accredited, nonprofit organization established in Austin, Texas in 1965. TIEP offers the Texas University Pathway program for students seeking a rigorous preparatory experience. The Texas University Pathway program is meant for intermediate and above students and meets in five 7-week sessions per year. Twenty Texas universities and colleges grant conditional admission to their campuses for international undergraduate students attending TIEP. Twenty-four Texas universities and colleges agree to waive their official TOEFL and IELTS score requirements for TIEP students enrolled in Level 150 or Level 160. Customized programs for groups, private lessons, and TOEFL preparation courses are also available. TIEP instructors are very experienced professionals with master’s or Ph.D. degrees. TIEP offers assistance with housing and visas, university placement, a computer lab with free e-mail and Internet access, airport pickup, field trips, weekly Conversation Club, and social and cultural activities. TIEP is conveniently located in the West Campus area of Austin near apartments, dormitories, restaurants, shops, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Whether you are a student, a business professional, or a traveler, there is a language course in Austin that is right for you. There are English courses available for all fluency levels, ages and time durations. Just select a course type from the list below to get started.
General English courses are for adults who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. Most general English courses are for adults age 16 and up. 2 - 48 week courses available. Most courses average 30 classes per week.