Program Overview

ESLA was founded in 1982 to teach students English. We are one of the oldest ESL schools in Los Angeles, California, and have been serving international students for over 30 years.

Our schools offer a rare combination:

  • A world-class curriculum: Our school was founded by an educator, and our curriculum was developed by a Harvard graduate. Our Academic Director has a doctorate in educational management, and our faculty is committed to helping students learn.
  • An affordable price: As educators, we believe strongly in keeping English study affordable. Our prices are well below those of comparable programs, and represent a great value to our students.

If you want to learn English, this is the school for you.

We offer two types of programs for students:

1. ESL For students who want to learn English
2. TOEFL or IELTS Preparation For students who want to study for the TOEFL or IELTS exams

You can choose any of our programs that works for your needs and schedule:

  1. ESL Programs
    1. ESL for Students
      1. Morning ESL
      2. Afternoon ESL
      3. Intensive ESL
    2. ESL for Tourists
      1. Morning ESL for Tourists
      2. Afternoon ESL for Tourists
  2. TOEFL or IELTS Preparation Programs

1. ESL Programs

a. ESL for Students

When you start in our ESL program, we’ll give you a test to identify your English ability.  Then we’ll place you into one of seven levels (ESL Level 1 – 6, or English for Academic Purposes).

  • Then every day, you will take a class with students at the same level as you.
  • You will also get to choose two separate elective classes, to round out your ESL education.

You can choose to study in the morning or the afternoon:

  • Morning ESL: 4 hours in the morning, 5 days a week
  • Afternoon ESL: ~5 hours in the afternoon, 4 days a week.

Either way, you’ll get the 20 hours of education a week that you need to learn English and maintain your F1 visa status.

One nice thing about Afternoon ESL classes: because the afternoon classes are each a bit longer, we’re able to finish them up in just four days a week.  That means that if you take our Afternoon ESL classes, you will have a three-day weekend that you can use to explore LA, Orange County or other regions of the US.

We also offer an Intensive ESL program which includes our entire Morning ESL program + 2 afternoon electives.

  • Intensive ESL: Morning ESL program (5 days a week) + 2 afternoon electives (4 days a week)

Here are the exact schedules and tuition for all three of our ESL programs:

Program Classes Schedule Tuition
Morning ESL One ESL class per day, plus two electives Study in the morning, from 9:00 am to 12:50 pm, Monday – Friday $600/month
Afternoon ESL One ESL class per day, plus two electives Study in the afternoons, from 1:45 pm to 6:35 pm, Monday – Thursday.

Fridays are off.

$500/month
Intensive ESL One ESL class per day, plus four electives Study Monday-Thursday, from 9:00 am to 4:05 pm (with a 55-minute break for lunch at 12:50 pm).

On Friday, you will study from 9:00 am – 12:50 pm and then have Friday afternoon off.

$800/month

Please note: currently, the Rowland Heights Afternoon ESL program starts a little earlier than the Afternoon ESL program on other campuses, and goes from 11 am to 4:05 pm.  Starting this fall though, all three campuses will be on the same afternoon schedule, with Afternoon ESL classes starting at 1:45 pm.

b. ESL for Tourists

If you are on a Tourist visa, you are only allowed to study 18 hours a week (or less).  So for students on a Tourist visa, we have created a special option that offers 3 – 3 1/2 hours of instruction a day (for a total of 14-15 hours a week).  This program will keep you safely under the 18 hours a week limit.

Here are the exact schedules and tuition for both of our ESL for Tourists programs:

Program Classes Schedule Tuition
Morning ESL for Tourists One ESL class per day, plus one elective Study in the morning, from 10:00 am to 12:50 pm. Monday – Friday $450/month
Afternoon ESL for Tourists One ESL class per day, plus one elective Study in the afternoon, from 3:00 – 6:35 pm. Monday -Thursday $375/month

2. TOEFL or IELTS Preparation Program

a. TOEFL or IELTS Preparation

ESLA also offers a TOEFL or IELTS Preparation program to help students prepare for the TOEFL or the IELTS.

ESLA is an authorized center where you can take the official TOEFL test.  You can also use our computer lab to take free practice TOEFL tests offered by ESLA.

All new TOEFL or IELTS Preparation students are given a test to identify their English language ability.  In order to qualify for the Test Preparation program, students must test into ESL Level 5 or above.

b. Intensive TOEFL or IELTS Preparation

For students who want to spend an entire day preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS, we have combined our TOEFL or IELTS Preparation program and ESL electives into a longer and more intensive program.  Students take classes in the morning and early afternoon on Monday – Thursday (with a break for lunch), and then have a half day of classes on Friday.

Here are the exact schedules and tuition for all four of our TOEFL or IELTS Preparation programs:

Program Classes Schedule Tuition
Morning TOEFL Preparation 4 hours of TOEFL preparation a day

Available at all 3 campuses

Study from 9:00 am to 12:50 pm, Monday – Friday. $700/month
Morning IELTS Preparation 4 hours of IELTS preparation a day

Available at LA and Irvine campus

Study from 9:00 am to 12:50 pm, Monday – Friday. $700/month
Afternoon IELTS Preparation ~5 hours of IELTS preparation a day

Available at Rowland Heights campus only

Study from 1:45 to 6:35 pm, Monday – Thursday. $700/month
Intensive TOEFL or IELTS Preparation 4 hours of TOEFL or IELTS preparation a day

Two ESL electives in the afternoon.

Available at LA and Irvine campus

Prepare for the TOEFL or IELTS in the morning, from 9:00 am to 12:50 pm.

Take a 55-minute break for lunch.

Then practice English with two ESL electives in the afternoon on Monday – Thursday, from 1:45 pm to 4:05 pm.

On Friday, you will study from 9:00 am – 12:50 pm and then have Friday afternoon off.

$880/month
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