English as a Second Language
Based on the results of the English placement tests international students take when they arrive on campus, they are placed either in traditional English classes or in one of two ESL courses. Students placed in traditional English classes may also be recommended for Writing Workshop, depending on the quality of their writing sample. Outside support for all ELLs is also available through individual meetings with ESL instructors and a trained staff of Writing Center student tutors. Those students who take ESL usually also take U.S. History for International Students. The goal of the ESL program is to assist English Language Learners (ELL) 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.