Free ESL classes

The UT CELTA ESL classes are taught by teachers-in-training during their CELTA certification course, and accredited CELTA trainers oversee all the classes. The CELTA stands for the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages, and it is the most widely recognized certificate program for teaching English in the world. Priority is given to refugees and asylum seekers. Classes are for adults only.

How many students are there?

There can be a maximum of 40 ESL students in the program per session.

How many levels are there?

The classes are pre-intermediate and upper intermediate levels, and are not intended for true beginners or UT undergraduate and graduate students.

Will I receive a course certificate?

A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of each session to students who have attendance of 75% or higher.


Registration & Placement Testing for Summer 2018

Returning students (individuals who have taken a course in the past AND had at least 70% attendance) are not required to attend registration and placement testing for our upcoming classes. Returning students will be contacted individually by email to apply for one, two, or all three of our summer sessions (May 29 - June 22; June 25 - July 20; July 23 - August 17).

New students are required to attend registration and placement testing for our free ESL classes. Our next registration/testing period is in April, for Summer 2018 sessions.

Family Name A-L: Thursday, April 26 at 4:00pm

Family Name M-Z: Friday, April 27 at 4:00pm

Location: UT ESL Services Classrooms, University Towers building (811 West 24th St, Austin, TX 78705).

Registration and testing will take approximately 1 hour.

New students can apply for one, two, or all three of our summer sessions:

  • May 29 - June 22
  • June 25 - July 20
  • July 23 - August 17

When do classes meet?

5:00-7:00 PM Monday through Friday at UT


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