Mission of the ESL Program and the IEP

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Auburn University is designed to assist individuals who wish to increase their English language proficiency in order to:

  • enter Auburn University or other U.S. institution of higher education;
  • improve academic or professional performance, and increase opportunities for professional advancement;
  • become more proficient in English language usage in general.

These objectives are accomplished through various courses and services, including an Intensive English Program; short-term programs in specialized areas of ESL; courses in oral and written communication skills for undergraduate and graduate international students; a course in classroom communication skills for international teaching assistants; and an International Student English Center that provides international students, professors, and visiting scholars with one-to-one tutoring and workshops in various skill areas.

It is the policy of the ESL Program to provide instruction that meets the highest professional standards, to treat all parties with dignity and respect for their varying backgrounds, and to provide an appropriate, caring, comfortable, and supportive environment for students and staff. The ESL Program actively fosters a belief in the contribution to the university and community of international students, scholars, workers, and residents. It seeks collaborative relations with all sections of the university and community in regard to international education, language learning, and cultural adjustment. It also promotes research into language acquisition and language education.


Last Updated: March 22, 2012