Free English classes

The UT CELTA ESL classes are taught by teachers-in-training during their CELTA certification course, and accredited CELTA trainers oversee all the classes. The CELTA stands for the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages, and it is the most widely recognized certificate program for teaching English in the world. Priority is given to refugees and asylum seekers. Classes are for adults only. The classes are free; participants must purchase a textbook (approximately $50).

How many students are there?

There can be a maximum of 40 students in the program per session.

How many levels are there?

The classes are pre-intermediate and upper intermediate levels, and are not intended for true beginners or UT undergraduate and graduate students.

Will I receive a course certificate?

A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of each session to students who have attendance of 75% or higher.


Registration & Placement Testing for Spring/Summer 2020

Returning students (individuals who have taken a course in the past AND had at least 70% attendance) are not required to attend registration and placement testing for our upcoming classes. However, if returning students want to move to a higher level, they must re-test. Returning students will be contacted individually by email to apply for our spring and summer sessions (April 6 - May 1; May 26 - June 19; June 22 - July 17; July 20 - August 14).

New students are required to attend registration and placement testing for our free classes. Our next registration/testing period is in March, for Spring and Summer 2020 sessions.

Family Name A-L: Monday, March 23 at 4:00pm

Family Name M-Z: Thursday, March 26 at 4:00pm

Location: UT Texas Global (N24), room 118/119 (2400 Nueces, Suite B, Austin, TX 78705)

Registration and testing will take approximately 1 hour.

New students can apply for our spring and summer sessions:

  • April 6 - May 1
  • May 26 - June 19
  • June 22 - July 17
  • July 20 - August 14

When do classes meet?

5:00-7:00 PM Monday through Friday at UT


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