Adult Education & Literacy

Adult ESL

The Austin ISD Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program is a collaboration between AISD and the Austin Community College (ACC). The Program is funded through the Texas Workforce Commission and has been in operation for over 30 years.   

The AISD AEL Program offers free ESL classes for adults ages 19 and up to learn basic English and to support their goals for: 1) personal growth; 2) career advancement; and 3) to increase their campus engagement in support of their child’s educational journey within AISD. 

Experienced and passionate teachers lead students through activities to help them build and improve their skills in writing, reading, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. No matter their goals, our program creates an open and safe environment for adults to learn, practice, and progress in their learning. 

Our Mission

The AEL program operates with the foundational principle that language should never be a barrier that prevents one from reaching their life goals. Students that are enrolled in and attend our ESL classes not only increase their command and use of the English language, but they are also better equipped to engage with school staff, PTA’s and others on behalf of their children's educational pursuits.

Who Can Enroll

Classes are Free but all students are asked to comply with the following: 

  • Must be at least 19 years old on date of enrollment
  • Must provide/upload a “photo” government-issued ID (may be from any country or US state) 
  • Must have an email and phone number
  • May NOT be in the US on an F1 or B1 Visa 
  • Must attend at least 2 out of every 3 days weekly 
  • Must attend all registration and orientation activities
  • Must attend every day during the first week of classes
  • Must agree to comply with all the class all guidelines as set by the class instructor
  • Must agree to participate in all assessment sessions

Flexible Class Options

AEL Students have the option to learn in-person in a classroom or virtually through Zoom. Classes are also offered several days a week in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Fall 2023 Classes

Thank you for your interest in our classes. Right now, registration is closed and is scheduled to reopen in the fall. If you would like to receive updates about our Fall 2023 class and registration schedule, please contact Nicole Haynes, Program Coordinator, or fill out this form to receive notifications.

AEL Program Staff

Nicole Haynes—Program Coordinator
Letty Green—Program Specialist
Algie Williams—Program Clerk

Contact Us

Nicole Haynes