Academic English Program

AEP is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program designed to assist students master reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  The program provides students with effective English language instruction and the skills necessary for academic success. In addition, the program prepares students for standardized testing essential for university entrance.

Each term students take both a reading/writing and a listening/speaking course. The courses are intense and designed to improve essential skills in English communication.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the program are able to:

  • Participate and interact in core classes
  • Read and understand academic passages
  • Write research essays
  • Evaluate and respond creatively to other writers
  • Use academic language and vocabulary
  • Understand and take notes on lectures
  • Prepare and give presentations

Program Features:

  • Rapid learning methods
  • Authentic reading passages
  • Topic-based projects
  • Academic writing
  • Effective grammar instruction
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Interactive lessons
Nelson Center complies with the Common European Framework of Reference for language proficiency (CEFR). Academic courses begin at the B1 level and progress to the C2 level. Currently, A1 and A2 levels are in the process of development.

Program Details

  • If students start at Level 2, they will study for four terms
  • Each term is eight weeks
  • Students take two courses per term
  • Terms typically begin in August, October, January, March
  • Passing mark is 70% average score

What students are saying

Thank you for fall semester!

“You are very great teacher! I was really encouraged by your words and attitude toward students. I finished all classes because of your encouragement! Thank you”

I am so happy that I have taken this online course.

“Really, I am so happy that I have taken this online course. It is very useful and interesting. This course has a good influence on me, I became more confident in myself, especially after the quiz’s results”.

Thank you for the detailed information

Thank you for the detailed information. This truly helps and now I have a better understanding of structuring my essay.


We offer students a cost effective plan for mastering English skills. With no hidden fees, they pay a flat fee of US$1,350* for the entire 32 week program, or US$225 per course. If you represent a school, visit Nelson Center for Schools.

*The total fee is adjusted for students beginning at a higher level.