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

International Link is offering FREE in-person ESL classes with trained local teachers from September-May. There are morning and evening options every Thursday, and 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.

Other Programs

Augusta University

Augusta University 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 Dr. Jun Zhao in English & World Languages.  

Augusta University also offers online courses through Ed2Go, our online partner, such as Grammar for ESLWriting for ESL, and various test prep options. The full list of online course offerings can be found on the Professional and Community Education webpage. For more information please email coned@augusta.edu.

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. You do not 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.

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.  

Talk to an Advisor

Advisors are available for Augusta University faculty, staff, visiting scholars, enrolled students and their spouses for questions concerning immigration status as it pertains to enrollment, employment or scholar programs at Augusta University.

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