(Brea | United States )

American English Language School

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451 West Lambert Road, Suite 210 , Brea (view map)
96% (11 reviews)

About American English Language School

American English Language School (AELS) is a language school in Brea on the border of Los Angeles and Orange County. Founded in 2008, AELS is accredited by the CEA and has since made every effort to find the most effective educational methods with the goal of providing the highest quality and most rewarding English-language learning experience for students.

All of our classes are taught by native English speakers and are centered around having a small number of students (a maximum of 8 per teacher). This allows our classes to be conversation-oriented, requiring active participation from all students and allowing teachers to provide immediate feedback. We also help students throughout their English language school process, from school applications to receiving F-1 visas and navigating local life. Last, the affordable tuition at AELS provides the most reasonable and economical choice for students, as compared to other academic institutions’ hefty tuition fees and medium to large class sizes.

AELS offers courses in ESL (English as a Second Language), TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation, Citizenship/Naturalization Test preparation, journal writing, book club, summer youth programs for international students, and more. Each quarter, we also host a Culture Week, where students will gain authentic speaking and listening experience through a discussion of American media and pop culture as well as personal experience garnered from guided field trips to local theaters, college campuses, local events, and museums.

The safety of our students is one of our main concerns. This is why all of our prospective teachers must get fingerprinted and obtain clearance from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before being hired. We request a background check from the DOJ which will inform us of any active arrests or convictions. This process enables us to protect our students, staff, and administration from unnecessary danger and focus on providing students with a great education!

AELS instructors are native English speakers with English-related degrees or TESOL certifications (teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) with extensive ESL training and experience. All instructors at AELS have at least a B.A. or B.S. degree from a fully accredited four-year university. AELS instructors are patient, sincere, kind, attentive and most importantly, have a passion for teaching.

America English Language School is accredited by the CEA (Commission on English Language Accreditation) and certified by the SEVP/SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) and BPPE (Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education). In addition, it is a certified TOEFL iBT and OPIC testing center and issues I-20 forms.


  • Literature
  • Historical sightseeing
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • On campus events
  • Film
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)


  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language

Additional Services

  • Visa support
  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Facilities for students with disabilities
  • Student counselling

Work and Further Studies

  • Work experience / internship with local companies
  • Student legally permitted to work / earn money during course


General English

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This course is for students aged: 18-70

Class Sizes: One-to-One, Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Levels: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Basic

Location Type: Town/City

ESL Levels Basic - Level 5 (20 hours/week)

The ESL program at AELS consists of 6 levels, from Basic to Level 5. The final goal of the ESL program is to be able to communicate comfortably in all areas of English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will improve their grammar and conversational skills. They take a placement test to determine which course level they will start with, and each level takes 3 months to complete. At the end of each level, students will need to take the level test again to see how they've progressed in speaking, listening, and reading. If you have passed satisfactorily, you will move on to the next level. Once you have completed the highest level (Level 5), you will receive a certificate of completion proving that you have completed the ESL program at AELS.

Reading, Writing, Grammar

AELS conducts reading and writing activities at each level. Students will become more familiar with English sentence structure and will be able to read easily and expand their vocabulary through the level-appropriate reading passages. The writing activities will allow them to write their own sentences starting with simple sentences and progressing to formatted essays. In addition, students will learn many English idioms through this process and will be able to use complex grammar rules, which will help them to speak English accurately and more naturally.


AELS offers a variety of thematic and contextual conversation activities to practice speaking and listening skills that are used in real life. All classes focus on conversations between instructors and students. Instructors maximize learning efficiency by giving prompt feedback through constant dialogue with the students and correction of pronunciation and word choice. Through this process, students will practice speaking confidently and gain more listening practice through constant conversation. This is only possible with a small number of students in each class, something that AELS is proud to offer.

Course Goals

Basic Goal: Students will begin to communicate basic needs in a variety of real-life/survival situations.
Level 1 Goal: Students will begin to develop the necessary language competence needed to successfully function in survival and social environments.
Level 2 Goal: Students will achieve the necessary language competence needed to successfully function in survival and social environments.
Level 3 Goal: Students will begin to develop competence to live and work effectively in the U.S.
Level 4 Goal: Students will develop competence to live and work in the U.S. with some difficulty in order to function in most common environments.
Level 5 Goal: Students will develop competence to live and work in the U.S. with sufficient proficiency in order to function in most common environments.

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 18-70

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students

Exams and Prep offered: TOEIC, TOEFL

Levels: Upper Intermediate, Advanced

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City

At American English Language School, we offer test preparation classes for the TOEIC and TOEFL tests as well as American Citizenship Test. Each class has an average of 5-6 students per class, and a maximum of 8 students.


Our TOEFL program is a 12-week intensive course that reviews the structure of the test, all four skill areas (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), and useful techniques to help you achieve your desired score. We work on one skill area each day on Mondays-Thursdays and finish the week with a practice exam that includes all four skill areas on Fridays.


Our TOEIC program is a 12-week intensive course (20 hours per week) that gives students an overview of the test along with ample opportunities to practice test-taking strategies for both tests: the Listening and Reading Test, and the Speaking and Writing Test. Since the Listening and Reading Test is the more popular of the two, we will spend 8 weeks focusing on that test and an additional 4 weeks focusing on the Speaking and Writing Test.

Students will need to either complete Level 5 of our ESL program or prove sufficient English skill by taking our placement test and scoring at or above the score our Level 5 students are expected to achieve by the end of the program. At the end of the 12-week TOEFL or TOEIC class, students will be prepared to take the TOEFL or TOEIC exam. These courses may be repeated.

American Citizenship Test

In this 40-hour class, students will learn how to fill out their Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) and discuss their answers in a mock interview format in order to prepare for the spoken section of the test. Each student will complete a full mock interview at least twice. They will also practice reading and writing sentences in English to fulfill the reading and writing requirements. Finally, students will study all 100 Civics Questions and take practice tests on the information.

English Pathway Programs

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This course is for students aged: 18-70

Class Sizes: One-to-One, Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students

Levels: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Basic

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Since 2008, American English Language School has maintained an upstanding reputation of helping students reach a high level of English proficiency. As a result, we have formed special agreements called Memorandums of Understanding with accredited colleges and universities across the U.S. which allow us to set up a College Pathway Program for international students who hope to continue their education in America after completing our ESL program.

These agreements allow students who have completed Level 5 of our ESL program (the highest of 6 levels) to be accepted to these schools without taking the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test. These colleges and universities may also issue a Conditional Letter of Acceptance (CLA) to students planning on attending their school upon completing our ESL program. Schools accept these Level 5 students because they recognize the completion of our ESL program to be equivalent or superior to scoring a passing grade on the TOEFL in order to transfer to their college.

Students attend American English Language School for much less money than most college ESL programs and get a more personalized and in-depth English learning experience. Enroll in our intensive English classes to improve your English more quickly, and you will be GUARANTEED admission to any college or university in our list of partner schools! Transferring to college as an international student has never been easier and stress-free!

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 4-18

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk

Seasonal Course: August, July, June

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Large, 11-20 students

Youth Summer Program

Our youth summer program is a 10-week course that will immerse students in American culture. They will learn about American history, education, and famous landmarks while also going over reading, writing, and grammar. Students will have an hour lunch break at a nearby park where they can eat, play, and socialize. After lunch, students will either have a presentation, science, or a cooking class. Our presentation class is a fun way for students to practice their English speaking skills while showing what they've learned. They will also have fun learning about science and eating delicious and creative foods in cooking.


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Amazing English Program!

I was looking for a program that would help me improve my English skills. I knew that it would take a lot of work; however, I also needed guidance to ensure that I was focusing on my weaknesses. I came to American English Language School and was immediately greeted by friendly faculty. They understood what I was looking for in an English class and was able to accommodate my learning needs. My instructors are very knowledgeable and answer any questions I have.
One of my biggest concerns was speaking. My instructor was aware of this and provided me with daily practice and tools to help me improve.

I highly recommend American English Language School!

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