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English as a Second Language

AUM offers a variety of ESL courses and services designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their verbal and written skills professionally, personally, and academically. These programs include an Intensive English Program, an ESL Community Program, English for Specific Purposes, TESOL Certificate, IELTS Testing Center, and Language & Culture Institute.

ESL Community Program 

TESOL Certificate 

IELTS Testing Center 

Language & Culture Institute

Intensive English Program


The Intensive English Program (IEP) at AUM provides exemplary English language training to our international community. Courses are specifically designed to help international students master the English language, gaining the skills they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives.





Open to individuals 16 years of age and older, Auburn University at Montgomery's ESL Program ensures that each student begins at the proper level and reaches their goal of fully learning the English language.

All ESL students first take a placement test to help determine their current skill level and identify the coursework they need. Courses are taught at five proficiency levels: Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. Once your proficiency is determined, an advisor will help you select your courses. ESL classes normally have eight to 14 students and are held throughout the year in eight-week terms. You may begin at the start of any eight-week term.

Students are placed in different levels based on their scores on the English Placement Test and their speaking abilities.

Level One Beginning
Level Two Low Intermediate
Level Three Intermediate
Level Four High Intermediate
Level Five Advanced


Students study the following courses for a minimum of 22 hours per week in an eight-week period. Depending on their proficiency levels, students may be placed into different levels for each skill.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  Reading and Discussion (Beginning)

  Reading and Discussion (Low Intermediate)

  Reading and Discussion (Intermediate)

  Reading and Discussion (High Intermediate)

  Reading and Discussion (Advanced)

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  Grammar and Writing (Beginning)

  Grammar and Writing (Low Intermediate)

  Grammar and Writing (Intermediate)

  Academic Writing and Grammar (High Intermediate)

  Academic Writing and Grammar (Advanced)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  Listening and Speaking (Beginning)

  Listening and Speaking (Low Intermediate)

  Listening and Speaking (Intermediate)

  Listening and Speaking (High Intermediate)

  Listening and Speaking (Advanced)


Term  Dates Placement Test Dates 
(all tests are given at 9:30 a.m.)
Fall 1, 2015 August 17 - October 8 Aug. 11
Fall 2, 2015 October 19 - December 15 Oct. 13
Spring 1, 2016 January 14 - March 10 Jan. 7
Spring 2, 2016 March 28 - May 19 Mar. 22
Summer 2016 June 6 - July 28 May 31
Fall 1, 2016 August 15 - October 6 Aug. 9
Fall 2, 2016 October 17 - December 13 Oct. 11 







ESL Holidays

  • Spring Break (one or two weeks)
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4 (one day)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Wed & Thurs off)
  • Christmas (two weeks)


 (This information applies to those who live abroad and want to come to Auburn University at Montgomery on an F1 student visa)



















(This information applies to those who live abroad and want to come to Auburn University at Montgomery on an F1 student visa)

Applicants interested in applying to the Intensive English Program at Auburn University at Montgomery should scan and email the following items to the ESL office at

  1. The completed Application Form. 
    If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, download it free by selecting the Adobe Reader image.
  2. Official bank letter that displays funds available for study
  3. A copy of the photo page in your passport



(This information applies to those who live abroad and want to come to Auburn University at Montgomery on an F1 student visa)

  8 weeks 16 weeks
Tuition $1700 $3400
Administrative Fee $190 $380


  8 Weeks 16 Weeks
Text Books (estimate) $150 $150
Health Insurance (estimate) $250 $500
Meals (estimate) $450 $900
Incidentals (estimate) $225 $450

*International students whose health insurance plans are not valid in the United States must purchase health and repatriation insurance plans that are valid in the United States. 
Housing Options: Residence Halls fees are subject to change without prior notice. You can check the current housing costs on the AUM Housing page.

ESL Community Program

Designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their English skills, AUM’s ESL Community Program offers sessions throughout the year in six to eight-week terms. Every new student is matched to a class based upon his/her placement test scores attained at enrollment. Day, evening and weekend courses are available.


Proficiency Levels

Level 1     Beginning
Level 2 Low Intermediate
Level 3 Intermediate
Level 4 High Intermediate
Level 5 Advanced


Fall 1, 2014 August 18 - October 9 Aug. 12
Fall 2, 2014 October 20 - December 16 Oct. 14
Spring 1, 2015 January 15 - March 12 Jan. 9
Spring 2, 2015 March 30 - May 21 Mar. 24
Summer 2015 June 1 - July 23 May 26
Fall 1, 2015 August 17 - October 8 Aug. 11
Fall 2, 2015 October 19 - December 15 Oct. 13








  1. Speak confidently and effectively in a variety of everyday survival situations.
  2. Understand expected behavior in these everyday survival situations.
  3. Improve clarity and accuracy of pronunciation.
  4. Learn the sounds, rhythms and intonation of standard American English.
  5. Develop speaking confidence through discussions through a variety of topics.

Course Features

  • A multi-skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) syllabus.
  • A focus on accuracy and fluency.
  • Speaking on contemporary, real-world topics.
  • Natural, conversational language.
  • Grammar in communicative contexts.
  • Task-based listening activities.
  • Fun, personalized speaking activities.
  • Emphasis on pronunciation

AUM Outreach reserves the right to modify or change the course schedule and course content at any time, without prior approval and for any reason, but primarily based upon student enrollment and faculty availability.

Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend the course for which you have registered, we ask that you notify the ESL Office (by phone, fax or in writing) no later than six days prior to the beginning of the course. A full refund is given when cancellation is made six days prior to the first scheduled session. Failure to attend does not constitute a cancellation.

ESL Credit Policy

If you cancel registration, you have the option to receive 80 percent credit to be used within the next six months towards ESL courses offered at AUM.


To register or for more information, send an email to, call 334-244-3131 or visit the ESL Office on the 7th Floor of the Library Tower.

TESOL Certificate

The TESOL Program is designed to equip individuals – regardless of their educational background – with the skills necessary to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the United States or abroad. This online program enables students around the world to set their own pace, and learn in the comfort of their home. A good command of written and spoken English is required.

This completely online program offers two education tracks: Adult Education and K-12 Education. Both tracks consist of four core classes and two electives. Each of the six classes takes only six weeks to finish. The Adult Education track instructs how to assess the language ability of your students and find practical ways to teach communicative English with an overview of TESOL.

The K-12 Education track instructs language assessment, plus the current methods and technology used for working with young students in a content-based learning environment.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Online TESOL Certificate

Official IELTS Testing Center

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a global English proficiency curriculum. Conducting 1.7 million tests annually, IELTS is the world's most popular English testing system. IELTS respects international diversity and fairly tests every participant regardless of nationality.

Depending upon where you want to study, work or migrate, you may choose from Academic or General Training. Both modules are composed of four parts - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the IELTS nine-band scale.

Register Now!

To pay the IELTS fee of $205, click here!

What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System that tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.7 million tests globally, IELTS is the world's most popular English testing system

IELTS tests are held in over 800 centers with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits for the tests, regardless of nationality.

You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on where you want to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS nine-band scale.

Why choose IELTS?

IELTS tests all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

Research shows that IELTS motivates test-takers to develop real and well-rounded English rather than learning by rote. This means your understanding of English is improved and valid for real life in an English-speaking country.

IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. AUM only offers the Academic test.

Test Format

All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.

Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. Depending on your test center, the Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts. See below for a diagram of the test format.

Academic or General Training?

The following definitions are to be used as a general guide only.

Academic - Institutions of Higher and Further Education

The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

General Training - for school, work or migration

The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

It should be noted that certain professions require an Academic test result for registration and migration purposes.

A Reliable, Secure Test

The IELTS nine (9) band score system grades scores consistently. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. Test materials are designed carefully so that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty.

IELTS Examiners are fully qualified and follow the IELTS standardized testing around the world. IELTS has a quality-controlled system of recruitment, training, benchmarking, certification and monitoring. IELTS markers are regularly monitored and tested every two years to retain their certification.

Special Needs

If you have a disability or condition which might require special arrangements, you should discuss it with your test center as soon as possible. Each case is considered individually and you will need a medical certificate. Test centers need three months to put arrangements into place.

Special arrangements include the following:

  • Enlarged print and brailed test papers, an amanuensis to write answers, a Braille word-processor – for those with visual difficulties.
  • Special amplification equipment, lip-reading version of the Listening module – for those with hearing difficulties.
  • Extra time for the Reading and Writing modules, use of a word processor – for those with learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia).

Please contact your local test center about your special needs.

Exam Handbook

You can download the IELTS information handbook which gives you all the information you need about the exam.

Required Identification
A valid passport is REQUIRED and is the ONLY acceptable form of identification.

On the application for Testing, candidates must

1. Supply a valid passport number and

2. Attach a scanned copy or photocopy of the passport page containing the photo, number, and signature.

Passports are REQUIRED on test day. Be sure it is valid and it is the one you included in your application packet. You will need a second form of identification with your picture. Your passport is the only official proof of identity that is accepted in the United States. Driver's license, student ID, and other picture ID is used as secondary proof of identification only. Candidates who do not bring their passport will not be permitted to take the test.

Cancellation /Change Policies

Request for cancellation or changes regarding your test must be made via e-mail, letter or fax ONLY. Telephone cancellation or postponement will not be accepted.

Cancellation Policy

1. Cancellation more than five weeks (34 days) before the test date - You will receive a partial refund. An administrative fee of $50.00 will be retained by the Testing Office for cancellations made more than five weeks before the test date.

2. Cancellation fewer than five weeks ahead of the test date - NO refund will be issued. Failure to appear for the test without notification is considered a cancellation, NO refund will be issued, and you must re-apply if you wish to take the Exam on another date.

Change Policy

1. Changing Test Date at originally requested center. A request to change your test date at your original center must be made more than five weeks prior to the elected test date and you must pay an additional $50.00 administrative fee.

2. Changing Test Location more than five weeks prior to test date. A request to change your test location more than five weeks prior to the elected test date will be treated like a cancellation and you will ONLY receive a partial refund. A $50.00 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund. You must submit a full, new test application to the new center of your choice.

3. Changes within five weeks of test date. Candidates who wish to make a change fewer than five weeks prior to the elected test date will be treated as a cancellation must re-apply and will receive NO refund.

Test Results

Your results will be issued on the 13th date from your test date and mailed on the same day. You can also check your results at

You can request to have copies of your Test Report Form automatically sent to five institutions free of charge when you register for the exam.

If you need additional copies after your test date, those copies incur a processing fee of $30 per form.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (334) 244-3129 or

Language & Culture Institute

The Institute introduces international students to American language and culture.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program provides exemplary English language training using qualified ESL teachers in courses specifically designed to help students improve their English language skills in order to succeed academically, professionally, and socially. The curriculum is based on Academic English, Communicative English, and Acculturation.

The Academic English Curriculum is taught via the Academic Word List, utilizing academic textbooks and designing course syllabi and assignments that align with established academic requirements.

The Communicative English Approach helps students more effectively comprehend and communicate in English. The instruction focuses on both fluency and accuracy in language learning.

Acculturation contributes immeasurably to the above elements as it provides and builds an indispensable cultural context for reinforcing classroom learning. Thus, part of our curriculum introduces American culture to our students through activities such as social gatherings, local outings, and regional trips.

Program Dates:

Program dates can be designed around group schedules. We offer 4, 8, and 16 week sessions.

Class Schedule:

Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m.

Friday: Reserved for activities, events, and trips


Contact the ESL office 334-244-3131 for fee information.

Proficiency Levels:

Beginning, Low-Intermediate, Intermediate, High-Intermediate and Advanced