ESL Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL)




    The ESL program is offered to students who wish to learn and gain an understanding of the English language as it is used in the United States, either as a second or foreign language. The purpose of the English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) program is to enhance the English-language proficiency of students who have pre-existing vocational knowledge, training, or skills, but cannot use that knowledge, training, or skill because of their English-speaking deficiency. It aims to provide opportunities for English language development and to support the effort of each student to enhance his/her English communication skills. All components of the program are aimed to helping students increase their capacity for success in America and in the global society.

    The ESL courses are divided into three (3) levels according to student proficiency: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 All students are required to provide standardized English Proficiency test scores (TOEFL PBT/iBT, ITEP, IELTS, or PTE) for entrance or take the University-administered summative language assessment upon entrance and exit. The range of level placement (based on TOEFL PBT) is as follows:

      Level 1: Below 390

      Level 2: 391 – 440

      Level 3: 441 – 500

    Each level takes 1 quarter to complete, and the full course of study takes three (3) quarters to complete. Students who achieve a higher level through testing (TOEFL PBT/iBT, ITEP, IELTS, or PTE) will require less time to complete the program. Students will receive a certificate of completion of the highest level they have achieved. Classes are from Monday to Thursday for a total of 20 instruction hours per week.

    Level / #

    Course Description

    Level 1
    ES 111

    This course is designed for the student who is a non-native speaker of English Language as it is used in America through multi-media and field trips, as well as class work. The introductory level covers basic grammar and structure of conversational English. The focus is on pronunciation of words and the introduction of useful terms and concepts such as greetings, time, and dates. Various materials are used including audio tapes, videos, cartoons, and newspapers. Small classes insure access to assistance and the opportunity to progress individually.

    Level 2
    ES 121

    This course is designed for the student who is a non-native speaker of English, but has some command of the language. This level of study increases the student’s knowledge through field trips and the media, as well as reading, writing, and conversation. The focus of Level2 is on structural patterns, vocabulary building (including “street talk”), and intermediate complex sentences. Students are encouraged to experience only English during class as current events and cross-culture issues are explored. Various teaching materials are used such as: videos, newspapers, audio tapes, and computer programs.

    Level 3
    ES 131

    This course is designed for the student who is a non-native speaker of English that has moderate command of the language but wants to increase communications skills and articulation. This level of study brings the student into the areas of business, politics, and current world events. The student’s knowledge and skill is expanded through conversation, reading, and writing. Small classes afford the student the opportunity to explore cross culture issues, to promote understanding, and to increase fluency through field excursions and interactive exercise.