Welcome Back Students!

Welcome new and returning students! We hope everyone had a safe and fun summer.  We’re excited about the new term of classes and upcoming activities this fall.

Have a great first day!



Get to Know our Teachers

Emily Young

Meet Emily

Emily Young is a certified TESOL teacher and has been teaching in the English as a Second Language Program at Auburn University Montgomery since March 2011. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from AUM, where she has recently completed a Master of Liberal Arts in English. After months of research and writing, Emily’s completed Master’s thesis-Communicative Language Teaching: Answering Korean Needs in Montgomery, Alabama-will be released this year. She has received various awards such as the 2011 Chancellor’s Scholar in the School of Liberal Arts and the 2011 Outstanding Student in the Department of English and Philosophy. Emily has a passion for the English language, which she enjoys sharing as an instructor and the ESL Book Club faculty sponsor. When she is not teaching, Emily enjoys reading classic literature, writing short fiction, and traveling to new places.

Placement Test

Placement test dates – Friday, August 10, from
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in classroom 1 on the 7th floor of the Library Tower. Test is free of charge.

Why the placement test is important:

It’s important that the course you register for helps improve your English. We recommend that each student take a placement test so that our office can accurately register you in the course which you will benefit the most from. The placement test is our way of helping you! It is free.

Proficiency Levels

Open to individuals 16 years of age and older, Auburn Montgomery’s ESL Program ensures that each student begins at the proper level and reaches their goal of fully learning the English language.

All ESL students first take a placement test to help us determine their current skill level and identify the coursework they need. Courses are taught at five proficiency levels: Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. Once your proficiency is determined, an advisor will meet you to help you select your courses. ESL classes normally have eight to 14 students and are held throughout the year in eight-week terms. You may begin at the start of any eight-week term.

Students are placed in different levels based on their scores on the English Placement Test and their speaking abilities.

Level One Beginning
Level Two Low Intermediate
Level Three Intermediate
Level Four High Intermediate
Level Five Advanced

Greetings from the Director

Summer is almost over, and we are ready for the fall semester.
We want each and every one of you to succeed in your academic, professional, and personal goals by receiving high-quality English language training.
We offer around 20 ESL courses, most of which start on August 16. The Intensive English Program and the ESL Community Program offer day-time, evening, and weekend classes for young adults and adults. Also, I am proud to announce that AUM is now an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Center. You will be able to take the IELTS here in Montgomery on Saturdays starting August 25.If you have any questions about the ESL programs at AUM, please contact our office at (334) 244-3131 or esl@aum.edu or check out our website www.aum.edu/eslWe look forward to seeing you in the program this fall! 

Gokhan Alkanat, Ph.D.


Hello world!

Welcome to the AUM ESL’s blog.  Stay up to date with all that’s happening in AUM ESL’s:

– Intensive English Program

– ESL Community Program

-Language and Culture Institute

-TESOL Certificate Program

-IELTS Testing Center

The ESL Administration, Staff, and Instructors