The mission of the ESL Institute is to serve current and prospective international students and community members by offering a diversified and high quality English language program for those students wanting to improve their English language skills.
The ESL Institute office and classrooms are located in the McReynolds building on the Austin Peay State University campus.
Class size is small to provide students with personalized attention and opportunities to improve their learning skills. Depending on enrollment, classes may be divided into different levels, such as beginning, intermediate or advanced.
Instructors at the ESL Institute have taught English in the U.S. and abroad. All have strong backgrounds in education – most with Master’s degrees and concentrations in English, language and/or education – and extensive experience in teaching English to non-English speakers. In addition, most instructors have also experienced the learning of a language other than English.
Students have access to university computer labs as well as state-of-the-art SmartBoard technology utilized by trained instructors in the classroom. All students in the Intensive English program will able able to receive and APSU student ID card. In addition, full-time students who have paid the optional APSU Program Services Fee (PSF) will receive full access to other University facilities and services such as athletic events and the recreation center.
Our students experience American culture daily in many ways, and the Institute organizes at least one cultural activity trip each semester. Past excursions have included the Nashville Zoo, Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland (in Memphis TN), and several regional destinations which highlight the history of Clarksville and the surrounding area.
ESL students will also have the opportunity to participate in campus activities provided by APSU’s Study Abroad and International Exchange department, the Bridge Program and the International Student Organization (ISO).