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NOVA's American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) teaches ESL to students from all over the world.

The ACLI is part of NOVA's Office of Workforce Development. We offer classes at most NOVA campuses and centers and at some workplaces in Northern Virginia.

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed to prepare students for college at NOVA or at other American colleges and universities. The IEP program also helps many students achieve their goals of language proficiency for self-improvement. IEP is offered at seven levels, from Intro to High Intermediate. Many IEP students have F-1 student visas. F-1 students must take two intensive classes to fulfill their visa requirements of full-time study. Other students may enroll in IEP full-time or part-time according to their academic and self-improvement goals. 

Part-Time Program

The Part-Time Program is designed to help students improve their English proficiency to allow them to better deal with daily interactions and/or to improve their career readiness. Many of our Part-Time students are immigrants who live and work in Northern Virginia or are visitors to the area. 

Part-Time ESL Courses

The Part-Time ESL courses are designed to help students improve their communication with others and to build pre-academic language in preparation to enter NOVA’s College ESL Program. Part-Time ESL is offered at five levels, from Low Beginning to Low Intermediate.

Part Time Career Readiness Courses

The Part-Time Career Readiness courses are designed to help students improve their work-related skills in English or in preparation to enter NOVA Workforce’s Certificate Programs in healthcare, information technology, and business. Part-Time Career Readiness is offered at three levels, from High Beginning to Intermediate.

Support ESL Courses

The Support ESL courses are designed to help students improve their English proficiency in discrete areas, such as pronunciation, grammar, and online learning through Blackboard and Accuplacer preparation. Both ACLI and Workforce Credential students can take a support class as a stand-alone class or in conjunction with their other classes. Support ESL is offered in multi-level classes at six levels, from Low Beginning to High Intermediate.

Specialty ESL & Test Preparation Courses

Specialty ESL courses focus on particular aspects of language and include TOEFL Preparation and Contemporary Issues & Current Events. These courses are popular not only with local residents but also with international students and au pairs. Specialty classes are from Low Intermediate to High Intermediate levels. 

Customized Contract ESL Training

The ACLI also customizes ESL classes for the workplace. Contact our Business Development Group at 703.323.3281 or via email NOVA_CustomizedTraining@nvcc.edu to learn more about these opportunities.

Placement Testing

Before you enroll, you must take a placement test. Contact the campus at which you wish to study to find out more.