English as a Second Language support is one way to meet the university’s goals of recruitment and retention, both for international students and for Texas residents who immigrated in late childhood.
For 50 years, the English Language Institute (ELI) served Texas A&M by providing ESL instruction, beginning with Central American scientists in a summer program, and continuing through 2016, when the ELI delivered customized programs for Mays Business School and the College of Engineering. It earned prestigious 10-year specialized accreditation through CEA (the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation).
Though the ELI was closed in May 2017, its dedicated lecturers continue to provide excellent instruction as EnglishBCS, a private ESL school and consulting service. We are a women-owned business willing to partner with you to meet the needs of your department, program, etc. We can teach courses similar to the courses offered in the past by the ELI (such as ELIC 300: Advanced Composition and ELIO 300: Advanced Oral Skills, which were one means by which students demonstrated English language proficiency). Alternatively, we can develop new courses/workshop series to meet the needs of your group, preparing them for the distinct language tasks they’ll face.
We also can provide English language assessment in several skills, including writing and speaking. For example, J-1 Exchange Visitors must, by law, “possess… sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency… A sponsor must verify an applicant’s English language proficiency through a recognized English language test, by signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school, or through a documented interview conducted by the sponsor….” As a private English language school, we can provide objective measurement and save departments time.
Please see our team’s CVs to be assured of our
academic qualifications and breadth of experience.
To contact us regarding ESL support for Texas A&M or Blinn units, please send an email to [email protected].
- For multilingual faculty and staff
Are you a professor, visiting professor, or university staff member who speaks English as a Second Language?
Texas A&M provides its faculty members coaching in speaking skills at no charge via the Center for Teaching Excellence. However, if you are a staff member, or if you are interested in improving another area of language (such as writing, vocabulary, or grammar), we are available to help.
If you are self-conscious about communication barriers and want a personalized diagnosis and coaching, we are the resource you need. We have decades of experience discreetly helping foreign-born professionals communicate more clearly, in speech and in writing. Please contact us for tutoring, including a free 20-minute consultation. We can meet in your office or our space.
- For multilingual students
NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES (FALL SESSION 1)
Sept. 11 – Oct. 13
Recommended for grad students and undergrads:
Academic science writing class 3:45-5:45 pm Tuesday/Thursday for $200
Advanced oral presentations practice and feedback 3:45-5:45 pm Friday (ex. practice for prelims or conference presentations)
Advanced multiskill class (speaking, writing, grammar, vocabulary, listening, and reading) 12:30-2:30 pm Saturdays for $120
We have helped hundreds of Texas A&M and Blinn College students:
Improve their test score on the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the ELPE
Prepare for their PhD defense and other oral presentations
Understand how to write an academic paper
Speak confidently so they can participate in the community
Adapt to the local culture