YES! Online

Your English Success: YES! Online

Improve your English from home by joining the
3-week, non-credit certificate courses offered via YES! Online
by The University of Alabama (UA) English Language Institute (ELI).

Can anyone take these courses?
Is it easy to enroll?
Is the technology easy to use?

YES! We’re committed to making your English learning successful!

YES! Online: Basic Information

  • Two hours of Zoom class meetings per week
  • Two additional hours per week with activities and tutoring
  • Personal attention and feedback
  • Experienced teachers who have master’s degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • A certificate upon successful completion of the course
    Receive a 10% tuition discount when you enroll in the ELI’s Intensive English Program within 6 months after taking a YES! Online course.


    How to Begin

    1. Choose the best course(s) for you. No test is required!

    2. Register and pay online. (See costs below.)

    3. Receive a welcome email with instructions.

    4. Complete a technology check before you begin.

    5. Meet your instructor and join your class!

    The teachers are absolutely amazing. They are great people and their teaching methods effectively increase my interest in learning English.  
    Jing from China

    YES! Online: Fall 2021 Courses

    When you choose your course(s), be sure to consider the time zone. All courses are listed in US Central Standard Time (CST, which is GMT-5). You can use the Time Zone Converter link. Enter Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the location.


    August 23 – September 10, 2021

    How to Write an Academic Essay

    Intermediate or Advanced Level

    Mondays and Wednesdays
    8:00 to 9:00 am (CST)

    American Humor

    Intermediate or Advanced Level

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    8:00 to 9:00 am (CST)

    Conversations about US Life and Culture

    Intermediate or Advanced Level

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    6:00 to 7:00 pm (CST)


    Course Descriptions

    Click on the course name below to learn more about each course.

    This course is designed to develop your academic writing skills. You will learn how to organize and write a basic 5 paragraph essay. You will also learn different introduction and conclusion techniques that will make your writing more sophisticated. You will have the opportunity to write your own essay and will receive feedback on how to improve it.

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 to 10:00 am (CST)

    This course is designed to develop discussion/speaking skills in English. We will talk about different aspects of life and culture in the United States such as politics, sports, music, literature, and education. We will have reading and listening activities to accompany the classes. Let’s learn about the US together and share our thoughts and opinions.

    Tuesday and Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm (CST)

    This course is designed to develop your speaking and listening skills using humor. You will learn about different types of jokes, styles of humor, and see examples. You will learn vocabulary and intonational skills to develop your humor in English. The small class size will give you many opportunities to practice and receive feedback.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 to 9:00 am (CST)


    To register, click on the payment link. Complete the registration and payment form that appears on the new page. Please see the Registration Instructions if you have any questions.

    YES! Online Course Registration and Payment


    ELI is one of the best English courses – you have people that can support you, that can answer your questions, and if you have any concerns you can always come to them. 
    Amaro from Brazil

    Details and Pricing

    You must have a stable internet connection (broadband wired or wireless, 3G or 4G/LTE) to join the courses.

    Each course costs $200 + a $25 processing fee. (US dollars)

    The courses include 12 hours over 3 weeks as follows:

    • 2 hours of class meetings per week
    • 1 hour of additional course activities per week
    • 1 hour of tutoring and feedback per week

    You will receive a Certificate of Completion if you attend each class meeting and participate. (Participants do not receive academic credit for these courses.)

    To register, click on the course name under Registration below and complete the registration and payment form. You will be taken to a new webpage when you click on the link.

    If you have questions, please contact the ELI office.

    Payment Policies

    • You must complete registration and payment 1 week before the first class meeting.
    • After you register, you will receive an email with instructions for checking technology and accessing the class data. If you do not receive the email within 24 hours of registering, please contact the ELI immediately.
    • If you decide not to take the class after registering, you must request a refund at least 12 hours before the first class meeting.
      • You can receive a refund of the course fee ($200 US dollars).
      • You cannot receive a refund of the processing fee ($25 US dollars).
      • You cannot receive a refund after the class begins.

    YES! Online: Course Dates

    • January 18 – February 5, 2021
    • February 8 – 26, 2021
    • March 15 – April 2, 2021
    • April 5 – 23, 2021
    • May 10 – 28, 2021
    • June 28 – July 16, 2021
    • August 23 –September 10, 2021
    • September 13 – October 1, 2021
    • October 18 – November 5, 2021
    • November 8 – December 3, 2021 (No class Nov. 25 because of US holiday)


    We are glad that you are interested in improving your English success via YES! Online.

    Please contact us if you have any questions; we look forward to meeting you!