Intensive English Program (IEP)
Our most popular program in Texas is the Intensive English Program. Aston International Academy's Intensive English Program has 5 levels: Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. You are given a placement test at the beginning of the semester to determine your level.
Our Austin, Texas schedule is based on semesters similar to what you will find at US colleges or universities. Each semester is 15 weeks long. Each semester is very comprehensive and you will study all aspects of English including: Grammar & Conversation, Writing & Reading, and Listening & Discussion. You will also have different electives to choose from each semester.
Information about Aston International Academy
- Start Any Monday except during midterm and final exam weeks.
- Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced levels.
- Core classes: Grammar & Conversation, Writing & Reading, and Listening & Discussion.
- A variety of electives each semester, such as Pronunciation, IELTS, Idioms, Vocabulary, Film Studies and more.
- Mid-Term and Final Exams are given in all of our programs.
- Full-time and part-time study options.
- Study from 2 weeks to 15 weeks (one semester), and you can extend your program for more semesters.
- A materials fee is in addition to your tuition.
- Downtown Austin, Texas location
Grammar & Conversation
6 hours/week - Mon/Wed
Learn grammar and then practice it in small groups and pairs.
2 hours/week - days vary
Learn about speech sounds, word stress, intonation & word linking.
Writing & Reading
5 hours/week - Tues/Thurs
Improve your writing & reading for personal & professional goals.
Sample Elective Classes
2-4 hours/week - days vary
Read, listen & speak using idiomatic expressions.
Listening & Discussion
3 hours/week - Tues/Thurs
Listen to TV shows, movies, lectures & music, and then talk!
8 hours/week - Tues/Thurs
We prepare you with the skills and strategies to take the test.
About Our Levels
Beginner Level - A1
Students who have completed the beginner level will be able to accomplish simple written and spoken communication about basic needs and personal topics, such as where they live, people they know and things they have. They will also be able to understand the topics of basic readings and conversations, guided by a fundamental foundation in grammar. Students will be able to use familiar expressions about everyday life and converse about concrete situations.
Low Intermediate Level - A2
Students who have completed the low intermediate level will be able to understand and communicate ideas about the past, present and future, including organization and relationship of events. They will be able to express preferences, comparisons, explanations and agreement. They will also be able to find, record and differentiate information and meaning from different types of readings and listenings. The low intermediate level also enables students to discuss people, places, objects and events and ask for and provide clarification.
Intermediate Level - B1
Students who have completed the intermediate level will be able to prepare for written and spoken communication, including brief presentations and simple essays, in addition to describing and commenting on stories, beliefs and experiences related to work, school, leisure and abstract ideas. They will also be able to ascertain main ideas and details from readings and listenings and predict meaning of unfamiliar language. They will feel confident discussing events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and provide reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
High Intermediate - B2
Students who have completed the high intermediate level will be able to thoroughly prepare for written and spoken communication, including detailed presentations and essays. They will also be able to respond critically and make inferences about readings and listenings. The high intermediate level also enables students to communicate and evaluate problems, solutions, point of view and arguments for academic and personal topics while providing supports, details and examples. They will be able to interact with native speakers with a significant degree of fluency and spontaneity, expressing a variety of thoughts, opinions and emotions.
Advanced Level - C1
Students who have completed the advanced level will be able to summarize and paraphrase a wide variety of topics and information, while expressing and defending detailed critical responses to readings and discussions. They will also be able to write clear, detailed academic essays on given cultural topics, emphasizing relevant issues, in addition to writing personal essays using advanced, diverse vocabulary to convey subtle meaning and a strong writer’s voice. The advanced level enables students to provide clear, detailed descriptions and arguments about complex subjects, as well as understand and take detailed notes from natural, non-scripted English. Advanced students will be able to speak spontaneously and successfully interact with flexibility in social, academic and professional settings.