English as a Second Language
The goal of the ESL program is to assist English language learners to increase their fluency, comprehension and confidence in English, so they are able to use it comfortably and effectively in both academic and social situations. Students are prepared for the increased level of difficulty and quantity of reading and writing that is expected of them in traditional English classes. Based on application materials and the results of the English placement tests taken by international students when they arrive on campus, students are placed either in traditional English classes or in one of two ESL courses. Those students who take ESL usually also take U.S. History for International Students. Students placed in traditional English classes may also be recommended for Writing Workshop, based on their demonstrated writing ability. Outside support for all international students is also available through individual meetings with ESL teachers and a trained staff of Writing Center student tutors.
Advanced English as a Second Language is a two-class program providing a transition to either Superior ESL or traditional English classes. A student in Advanced ESL will take two ESL classes each day, one in Language and Structure, the other in Literature and Analysis.
Superior English as a Second Language is a two-class program providing a transition between ESL and traditional English classes. A student in Superior ESL will take two ESL classes each day, one in Language and Structure and the other in Literature and Analysis. Superior ESL provides an increase in the quantity of reading and writing, as well as raises the level of difficulty of reading and expectations of writing.