The Early College Program for International Students from China

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International students studying at Eastern University through our early college initiative are either exempted from English preparation (by IELTS or TOEFL score) or are placed in our Intensive English as a Second Language Program (IESL). Placement is based on the student's English proficiency. Students with adequate English proficiency test score will move directly into Eastern's English‐based BA/BS programs and will receive a full year of full‐time instruction and academic credit (usually between 30 and 36 credits). Students who require additional English preparation will enter our intensive English program (IESL). These students can expect to earn 30 or more credits during their first year if they enter with level‐three English proficiency and 25 credits during their first year if they enter with level-two English proficiency.

The Intensive English for Second Language Program (IESL) with Bilingual Sequence

The aim of this program is to help international students acquire English competence while advancing them toward their degree objectives at the same time.

A. Program Contours:

The Intensive English as a Second Language program (IESL) includes two elements: (1) Intensive English Instruction with bilingual support; and (2) Bilingual Instruction. Students with advanced English do not complete the entire program but proceed into the University’s standard English‐based BA/BS programs.

1. The Intensive English sequence includes three levels of English and is taught by a native English speaker and supervised by a native Chinese speaker. The sequence includes 12 credit hours in four courses (Total: 12 credits):

  • ENGL 101 Elementary English as a Second language 3.0
  • ENGL 102 Intermediate English as a Second Language 3.0
  • ENGL 201 Advanced English as a Second Language 3.0
  • INST 216 Heritage of the U.S. Culture 3.0

2. The Bilingual sequence is taught by an instructor fluent in both Mandarin and English. The sequence includes four courses in religion, math and science (Total: 13 credits):

  • BIBL 101 – History and Philosophy of Ancient Judaism  3.0
  • MATH 140 – College Algebra 3.0
  • BIBL 102 – History and Philosophy of Early Christianity 3.0
  • CHEM 118 – Chemistry (with Lab) 4.0

Thus, students who complete the entire sequence in one academic year will receive 25 semester credits.  This is the advantage of our program: students earn significant academic credits while they are advancing in their English fluency.

B. Program Schedule:
Student programs depend on their English placement, but all students receive both English instruction and at least one bilingual course in their first academic term. The following scenarios are based on the incoming student’s English proficiency:

OPTION 1: Student scores as advanced proficiency in the placement test, and enters IESL in Level 3 in the fall semester. In this case, only one term of IESL is needed before entering the English-based undergraduate courses.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Upon successful completion of Level 3, the student is awarded 12 credits for ENGL 101, ENGL 102,  ENGL 201 and INST 216. 
Additionally, the student takes classes in the bilingual sequence
BIBL 102 History and Philosophy of Early Christianity 3.0 credits
MATH 140 College Algebra 3.0 credits
Total credits awarded in the fall term  are 18.0
The student enters English-based courses to be selected according to the student’s major area of study for 12 to 18 credits. The student may take the bilingual courses if desired. (BIBL 101 and CHEM 118)
The student can earn a total of 30 to 36 credits in the first year.

OPTION 2: Student scores as intermediate proficiency in the placement test, and enters IESL in Level 2 in the fall semester. In this case, two terms of IESL are needed before entering English-based undergraduate courses.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
12.0 credits are awarded at successful completion of Level 3, so student is working to earn these 12 credits in both fall and spring.     ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 201 and INST 216
BIBL 102 History and Philosophy of Early Christianity 3.0 credits
MATH 140 College Algebra 3.0 credits
Only 6.0 credits are awarded in the fall term, but student advances in English proficiency
BIBL 101 History and Philosophy of Ancient Judaism 3.0 credits
CHEM 118 Chemistry (with lab) 4.0 credits
Total credits awarded in the spring term are 19.0, for a total of 25 credits in the first year.

OPTION 3: Student scores as beginner proficiency in the placement test, and enters IESL in Level 1. The student will need at least 3 terms of IESL before entering English-based undergraduate courses. Schedule is similar to option 2 except they will need a summer term before or after to complete IESL.  In this case, the student would earn 6.0 credits for the bilingual courses in the fall and 7.0 credits for the bilingual courses in the spring. The remaining 12 credits for ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 201 and INST 216 would not be awarded until successful completion of IESL.

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