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Available at: Chestnut Hill College > Boston Commons

A truly international university entrance examination, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organizations across the world. Our academic IELTS Preparation program will ensure that you have the skills needed to move to the next level of your education and training – whether in the US or overseas.

Our program is offered at the FLS Boston Commons campus, the perfect environment to keep your academic motivation high. The center is in the heart of Boston, America’s education capitol, with easy access to such inspiring institutions as Harvard University, MIT, University of Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music and many more.

Our intensive program includes a total of 36 teacher-led lessons per week: 18 lessons of integrated study to improve all English skills; 12 lessons devoted to specific IELTS strategies and skills and 6 lessons of Academic Workshops for additional language practice and skill development.

Students work with an experienced instructor to hone their ability in the IELTS skills of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Practice exams allow instructors to analyze students’ abilities and familiarize students with the test format and strategies.

Please note that students must possess an English fluency of FLS Level 9 or better to enter the IELTS Program.

Program Features

All Intensive English Program students enjoy these exceptional features:

  • Eighteen levels of study from low beginner to high advanced.
  • Small class sizes of 15 or less, guaranteeing individual attention from your teacher.
  • Core Class emphasizing the four key language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • IELTS Preparation class featuring practice tests, analytics, and concentrated practice in reading comprehension, writing, and advanced listening skills.
  • Lab-style Academic Workshop offering a range of academic options each week, including Pronunciation Clinics, Conversation Clubs, Homework Labs, Computer Labs, and more.
  • Our exclusive English Everywhere program with weekly Hot Sheets, involving your host family, activity guides and FLS staff in your learning process.
  • Weekly English tests and individualized progress reports every four weeks.
  • Language Extension Day (LED) activities once per term, encouraging students to use English in new settings and contexts.
  • Access to computer libraries and labs at Boston Commons.
  • Readers to increase reading comprehension and understanding of American culture.
  • Access to numerous free activities and specially priced excursions.
  • Certificate of Completion upon successful graduation from each level.
  • Articulation agreements with numerous colleges allowing admission without a TOEFL score based on completion of the designated FLS level.
  • Personalized counseling and academic assistance.