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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.

Intensive English Program

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 four 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 & Low-Intermediate
Level Two Intermediate
Level Three High-Intermediate
Level Four Advanced


Students study the following courses. 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-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 & 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 & Low Intermediate)

  Listening and Speaking (Intermediate)

  Listening and Speaking (High Intermediate)

  Listening and Speaking (Advanced)


Spring 2, 2018 March 26 - May 17  March 20 
Summer, 2018 June 4 - July 26  May 29 
Fall 1, 2018 August 13 - October 4  August 7 
Fall 2, 2018 October 15 - December 11  October 9 
Spring 1, 2019 January 14 - March 8 January 8
Spring 2, 2019 March 25 - May 16 March 19
Summer, 2019 June 3 - July 26 May 28
Fall-1, 2019 August 12 - October 3 August 6
Fall-2, 2019 October 21 - December 12 October 15

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 $300
Health Insurance (estimate) $250 $500
Meals (estimate) $450 $900
Incidentals (estimate) $225 $450
Student Acculturation Education Fee $50 $100

*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 week terms. Every new student is matched to a class based upon his/her placement test scores attained at enrollment. 


Spring 2, 2018  April 2 - May 9 March 20 
Summer 2018  June 4 - July 26  May 29 
Fall 1, 2018 August 13 - October 4  August 7 
Fall 2, 2018 October 15 - December 11  October 9 
Spring 1, 2019 January 21 - March 27 January 8
Spring 2, 2019 April 1 - May 8 March 19
Summer, 2019 June 10 - July 18 May 28
Fall 1, 2019 August 19 - September 25 August 6
Fall 2, 2019 October 28 - December 4 October 15


  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

Refunds of tuition and fees are based on the date you formally drop a course. You will be eligible for a full refund of all tuition and fees, minus an administration fee, if you drop a course before the first day of class.  Please note that if you pay for an ESL class but do not ever attend, you are not exempt from this policy. For all refunds, regardless of circumstance, there will be a $25 administrative fee.

To qualify for a full or partial refund of tuition and fees, you must formally drop a course by stopping by the ESL office and filling out a Request to Withdraw from ESL Course. The amount that can be refunded is determined by the following schedule:

IEP Classes (Day Classes)
Refund Amount Funds Withdrawal Date
100% Tuition and Fees Before the first day of the term
80% Tuition Only On the first or second day of the term
0%   From the third day to the end of the term

Communicative English Classes (Night Classes)

Refund Amount Funds Withdrawal Date
100% Tuition and Fees Before the first day of the term
0%   From the first day to the end of the term

Policy Exception: The only exception to this policy occurs in the case of personal illness or call to active military duty. AUM ESL requires supporting written documentation in both instances. Refunds for medical withdrawals/resignations may be granted if the effective date of withdrawal does not exceed the eighth day of class and will be prorated based on the number of class days a student is registered. A full waiver/refund of tuition may be granted if you or your spouse receives military orders that require relocation from the Montgomery area.

Refund Process & Credit Card Overpayments: Refunds for transactions completed via debit/credit card will be issued to the card(s) used in the original transaction. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for debit/credit card refunds to process. Refunds for cash or check payments will be issued in the form of a check. Please allow 14 business days for check refunds to process. Credit balances on your account that are caused by an overpayment with a credit or debit card will be refunded back to the credit/debit card in the amount of the overpayment.

ESL Credit Policy

If you cancel registration, you have the option to receive a refund credit of 80 percent of the total course cost 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


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
9:00 a.m.  – 3:00 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