El Centro College’s main campus is located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas, just blocks away from museums, restaurants, financial firms, and the Arts District. Our centralized campus is easily accessible by DART public transportation system from all areas of Dallas. Full-time students receive a free DART pass and they do not have to worry about parking an automobile downtown.
The IELT was designed to allow students to seamlessly transition to a college level program after they complete their English language training. El Centro College offers a variety of
degree programs including nursing, fashion design and marketing, culinary arts, business, paralegal, STEM, teacher preparation, and many more. However, our program is not just for students seeking a college degree. Many students who have already completed a college program join our program to improve their English language skills in order to achieve professional goals.
El Centro College has many
such as the Learning Center for one-on-one tutoring, the library, the Wellness Center, and computer labs, including the
World Languages Lab. Excellent advisors available in the
Multicultural Center assist students in academic advising and other matters related to their educational journey. All of these services are offered at no additional cost to our students.
Classroom instruction is interactive and engaging so that students constantly use the skills they are learning throughout each class session. Our instructors have graduate level training and years of experience teaching English to speakers of other languages. They take a personal interest in their students, seeking to provide not only academic instruction, but personal encouragement. Academic materials including textbooks and online content have been thoughtfully selected so that students have excellent resources to assist them in improving their English language skills.
IELT students have opportunities to interact with native speakers and American culture on campus and in the larger Dallas community through various events and excursions each semester. The Multicultural Club, which is comprised of both F-1 international students and immigrant students, provides students with further opportunities to practice their English, engage in cultural exchange, and build leadership skills.
Students are promoted to the next level if they meet two criteria: a passing average for the level and a passing reading and writing average. When students successfully complete level 4 or obtain the required score on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment, they are eligible to enroll in college level courses.