Established in 1990


English as a Second Language Certificate Program

(Austin Campus)

ESL Achieve TOEFL is a bridge program for international students who are accepted into an academic program at THSU contingent of meeting the TOEFL requirement. The University accepts candidates for admission three (3) times per year, in January, May, and September.  ESL Achieve TOEFL does not award semester credit hours, but awards a Certificate of Completion.

2 Trimesters (15 weeks per trimester)
  • Classes meet 2 times a day. 3 hours each session. 4 days per week. Full-time.
  • Monday through Thursday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon /  1:15 PM to 4:15 PM
  • 24 clock hours of instruction for 15 weeks / 360 contact hours per trimester (2 trimesters) /  720 contact hours total for completion of the program.
  • Develop desired level of English language proficiency through intensive instruction and practice in all language skill areas (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Grammar).
  • Develop the academic skills necessary to be successful on the TOEFL examination and in the American university classroom.
  • Adapt successfully to American life and culture and become full participants in their community.

TOEFL (iBT): 32 or IELTS: 4.0

Meeting all the admissions requirement for the academic program the students intend to study at THSU (after the ESL program).

TrimesterCourse Name

Clock Hours

First Trimester




Language Assessment and Comprehensive Review


Second Trimester




Intensive TOEFL Preparation





 L-801 – Language Assessment and Comprehensive Review (360 Hours)

This introductory course to the ESL Achieve TOEFL curriculum is designed for non-native High Beginner – Low Intermediate speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 32 – 44 (or an IELTS score of 4.0-4.5).  The purpose of this course is to establish a foundation of basic English grammar, vocabulary and skills necessary for daily life, as well as preliminary academic skills that will prepare the student for further study in academic English.  The 15-week course provides initial assessment of the student’s deficiency in English language comprehension of vocabulary, word usage, grammar and pronunciation, and assessment of the student’s reading comprehension and writing skills.  The course enables each student to develop a plan of study and learning strategies that is intended to advance the student toward the TOEFL levels desired for completion of the curriculum within two trimesters.  Prerequisite:  None.


L-802 – Intensive TOEFL Preparation (360 Hours)

The second course in the ESL Achieve TOEFL curriculum is designed for Low Intermediate to Intermediate speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 45 – 59 (IELTS score of 5.0 – 5.5).  This course builds upon the foundation, strategies and skills developed in the introductory course.  The primary focus of the course is to develop foundational academic English competencies in the following areas:  Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, TOEFL Testing Strategies and Key Vocabulary, which are intended to equip the student to enter an academic degree program at the university level.  The course also continues to introduce aspects of American culture and language necessary for daily life and the acculturation process.  Prerequisite:  None.

Students must have an overall grade of 70% or higher to pass a course and move on to the next level.  Students who score less than 70% must retake the course. A course may be retaken only one time.

Regular attendance in class is required for all students, and the instructor takes attendance twice daily. 

Certificate of Completion is awarded to each student upon completion of 2 trimesters of instruction in the ESL Achieve TOEFL curriculum and the achievement of a minimum score of 50 in the TOEFL Internet-based test or 5.5 in the IELTS test.

$5,670 per trimester.