Local English Language Classes & Tutors

English class

IPSO offers the following information as a reference guide to Augusta University's International Community. Augusta University does not endorse any of these programs.

International Link Free English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes 
The International Link is offering FREE virtual ESL classes with trained local teachers over Zoom during Fall semester 2020. There are morning and evening options every Thursday, starting September 17, but it is open enrollment, so you can start anytime! They also offer many other kinds of language learning options. For more info and to register, visit: www.internationallink.org/english. If you have questions, please contact International Link through their website.

Augusta University - Summerville Campus
Augusta University's Summerville Campus offers developmental English courses designed for non-native English speakers that focus primarily on reading and writing. Students must meet the qualifying TOEFL scores. These courses are eligible for the Augusta University Tuition Assistance Program. For more information please contact Admissions at (706) 737-1632.  

The Summerville Campus also offers Online Continuing Education courses ranging from writing to test preparation. For details call (706) 721-2329.

Augusta Technical College
Offers a free English as a Second Language Class through the Adult Education Program. Three levels of proficiency are taught: beginning, intermediate and advanced. For more information, contact Angela Moseley at (706) 771-4134 or email angelamoseley@augustatech.edu. They offer morning and nighttime classes.

First Baptist Church of Augusta
Offers an English language program emphasizing speaking and listening skills for interested students. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Education Building. Books cost from $20 to $30 depending on class level (levels 1‑4, including TOEFL preparation). They also offer a citizenship class as well as a Bible study from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Chao at EChao@fbcaugusta.org or call the church office at (706) 733-2236 for further details

First Baptist Church of North Augusta
Offers a free Conversational English for all interested internationals from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at 625 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC 29841. Classes meet in the Elizabeth Strom Education Building at the church. For more information, email Jim Fowke at jfowke@gmail.com.

Columbia County Library
The Columbia County Library in Evans offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. You do need a library card to participate. For more information about the program, email Marsha at 7022esl@gmail.com or call the library at 706-863-1946. 

TrueNorth Church and the Family Y of Augusta
TrueNorth Church in North Augusta partners with the Family Y of Augusta to offer Conversational English classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1058 Claussen Rd. in Augusta (the Family Y Team Headquarters). Classes are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced language proficiency levels. For more information, visit the Augusta ESL Classes Facebook page.

Fleming Baptist Church
Offers free English language classes from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Mondays at 3027 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta, GA. For further information call the church at 706‑798‑3511 or e-mail the church secretary at fbcauga@knology.net

Warren Baptist  
Offers class on Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Classes meet from September to May. For further information, email Skip Balkcum at sbalkcum@aol.com or call the church at 706-860-1586. 

Augusta Korean Methodist Church
Offers an English language program especially for Korean students at all levels. The program classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, 2641 Barton Chapel Rd., Augusta, GA. The cost is $20 each month for materials. For more information email augustakmc@hotmail.com, call Elder Lee at 706‑589‑7600 or call the church at 706‑790‑8441

Private Tutor for Accent Reduction: Mary S. Snyder
Mary Snyder’s Accent Reduction Program offers an individualized learning program to reduce foreign accents that can be scheduled at the convenience of the client. Depending on language needs, clients have a choice of a 5, 7, 10 or 13-week program of study. Classes are customized to the vocabulary and pronunciation needs of each client. Mrs. Snyder is certified through the Institute of Language and Phonology, San Francisco, CA. For further information please call (706) 860-9385.

Online Links to Language Skills Resources

U.S.A. Learns
U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office of Vocational and Adult Education and the Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL). Core funding for U.S.A. Learns is provided by the DOE. 

DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens. One of the major areas of support is English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, English language competency and problem-solving. You can improve basic language skills when it is convenient for you. Go online and try it.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) 
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab provides writing and grammar resources for ESL students. 

About.com has articles and videos in English covering a wide range of everyday topics including buying a car, creating a family disaster plan and tips on style. The videos are good for listening practice.

English Listening Lesson Library Online (elllo)  
Elllo is a free online listening resource of more than 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable mp3.

Breaking News English
Offers free interactive and printable English lessons in 7 levels.

Speaking and Presentation Skills (public speaking practice) 
Toastmasters International  

TOEFL Information

What Is the TOEFL Test?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.

The Internet-based TOEFL Test
The TOEFL Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. TOEFL iBT also emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework.

Local Testing Service
Augusta University Testing and Disabilities Services offers the TOEFL. View a schedule of exam times. For more information, contact Testing and Disabilities Services at 706-737-1469. 

TOEFL Free Practice
ETS, the organization that develops, administers and scores the TOEFL, offers free practice questions from previous tests.