English as a Second Language (ESL) Course Placement

Placement into ESL courses will be determined by individual sections of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores as listed below. Students will submit the overall test score for admission to Wilmington University.

 

Minimum Test Scores Required for Admission to Wilmington University

 

Minimum Overall Score

TOEFL iBT

46

IELTS Academic

5.5

PTE Academic

46

 

Placement for ESL 101 and 203 Grammar and Writing Courses

 

ESL 101 & 203

ESL 203

Waived

TOEFL iBT Writing Score

12-16

17-18

19+

IELTS Academic Writing Score

5.5 or below

6.0

6.5+

PTE Academic Writing Score

61 or below

62-74

75+

General Placement Assessments

WritePlacer score

0-2

3-5

6+

 

Placement for ESL 102 and 204 Vocabulary and Speech Courses

 

ESL 102 & 204

ESL 204

Waived

TOEFL iBT Speaking Score

12-16

17-18

19+

IELTS Academic Speaking Score

5.5 or below

6.0

6.5+

PTE Academic Speaking Score

45 or below

46-54

55+

General Placement Assessments

Listening score

79 or below

80-89

91-120

 

ESL Placement for Undergraduate Students

Students will be placed in specific courses as a result of the scores as listed above. Upon successful completion of ESL course(s), undergraduate international students will be placed into ENG 121.  Students will still be required to complete the general placement assessments for placement into their academic Math courses. If an undergraduate student has been found exempt from ESL courses upon admission, the student will be required to complete the general placement assessments for placement into their academic Math courses.

ESL Placement for Graduate Students

Students will be placed in specific courses as a result of the scores as listed above. Upon successful completion of ESL course(s), graduate international students will be placed program courses. If a graduate student has been found exempt upon admission, the student will be placed directly into program courses.

GENERAL PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS

Applicants OTHER THAN F-1 visa holders that do not submit a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam will be required to complete the general placement assessments for placement into ESL courses.

Exceptions to the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE:

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 and ENG 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

These policies are effective for applicants and accepted students after May 1, 2021.