English as a Second Language (ESL) Course Placement

This ESL course cannot be used toward fulfillment of a degree program.

 

Placement into ESL courses will be determined by TOEFL test scores. Students will submit the overall test score as well as the scores for individual tests of:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

The minimum scores are required for possible placement:

 

ESL 101

ESL 102

ESL 203

ESL 204

TOEFL Test Scores

12-16*

12-16**

17-18*

17-18**

IELTS Test Scores

5.5*

5.5**

6*

6**

* Average of the reading and writing test scores will be used for placement.
** Average of the listening and speaking test scores will be used for placement.

Minimum Test Cut-Off Scores for Placement Directly Into Program Coursework

 

Overall Score

Individual Test Scores

TOEFL Test Scores

79+

19+

IELTS Test Scores

6.5+

6.5+

Placement in specific courses as a result of test scores will be determined by an International Admissions advisor. Upon successful completion of ESL course(s), undergraduate international students will be placed into ENG 121. Students are required to complete the general ACCUPLACER testing for placement into their academic math courses. If an undergraduate student has been found exempt upon admission, the student will be placed into ENG 121.

Exceptions to the TOEFL or IELTS: Students may be exempt from submitting test scores if one or more of the following requirements are met:

  • Students who have graduated from a U.S. accredited high school with the university approved SAT scores.
  • Students who have successfully completed ENG 121/122 or equivalent at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Students who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. accredited college or university, or for citizens of the identified countries whose native language is also English.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

ESL 101: Intermediate Grammar and Writing

This course will emphasize the fundamentals of academic writing and grammar skills with emphasis on the needs of non-native speakers of English. Students will receive instruction and practice in effective paragraph and essay writing, decoding text, grammar usage, and writing mechanics. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".

ESL 102: Intermediate Vocabulary and Speech

This course will emphasize vocabulary-building elements and verbal communication with an emphasis on the academic needs of a non-native English speaker. Students will receive instruction and practice in listening and decoding skills. Students will improve pronunciation and speech fluency through short, in-class presentations and conversation. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".

ESL 203: Advanced Grammar and Writing

This course is designed to improve students’ writing skills by providing instruction and practice in the process of writing a research paper.  Students will learn how to search for and evaluate information to determine its reliability. Students will also learn about the writing process, features of research writing, developing content, and expressing themselves in comprehensible and grammatical language.  The course will emphasize the proper use and formatting of sources according to APA style guidelines.  It will also identify the most common grammatical and mechanical errors made by ESL students while providing opportunities to correct these errors through instruction and practice. The minimum passing grade is a “B”.

ESL 204: Advanced Vocabulary and Speech

This course will emphasize advanced vocabulary-building elements and verbal communication, with an emphasis on non-native speakers’ student needs. Students will be required to expand their speaking and vocabulary skills learned in ESL 102 and apply these skills to selected presentation assignments. Students will improve decoding, reading, pronunciation and speech fluency skills. Students will also learn basic research and citation (APA, current edition) skills in preparing for their presentations using various multimedia technologies. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".

These policies are effective for applicants and accepted students after April 1, 2017.

These courses cannot be used toward fulfillment of a degree program.