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Structure and Curriculum

The curriculum of Eastern University IESL Program focuses on the individual language needs and objectives of each ESL student enrolled in the program. When students enroll in IESL program at Eastern, they take a placement exam that includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar to determine the appropriate language levels for student placements.

Eastern University IESL program is structured in three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced. Each level is composed of three sub-levels which allow the student to progress according to individual ability. A student usually completes one level in one term with three terms available annually. Students, if accepted to the College of Arts and Sciences prior to completion of IESL, can receive 12 undergraduate credits upon successful completion of IESL for ENGL 101, 102, 201 and INST 216. Students in the advanced level may be able to take ESL courses concurrently with academic coursework in their degree program, depending on the student’s level of performance. Concurrent coursework will be approved on an individual basis.

Level Number of Weeks Number of Seat Hours Per Week Areas Concurrent Study
1- Low Elementary 5 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar No
Elementary 5 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar No
High Elementary 4 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar No
2- Low Intermediate 5 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar No
Intermediate 5 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar No
High Intermediate 4 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar No
3- Low Advanced 5 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar General Education or Core Courses
Advanced 5 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar General Education or Core Courses
High Advanced 4 25 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Grammar Academic Courses in Major or Degree Program

Each Eastern University IESL course is graded on a collection of assignments and exams according to rubrics stated in the course syllabus. To pass from level one to level two, the student must obtain a combined grade average of all subjects  of at least 77% as well as a satisfactory attendance record. To pass from level two to level three, the student must obtain a combined grade average of 80% as well as a satisfactory attendance record. The IESL faculty and Coordinator may consider case by case exceptions or special remediation.   To successfully complete level three, an undergraduate student must obtain at least a “B” (85% to 87%) in all four core subjects. The graduate student must obtain at least a “B+“ (87% to 90%) in all four core subjects. Failure to attain the minimum required scores in all four core subjects will result in the student having to repeat the advanced level. If the student obtains the minimum score in at least two core subjects, he/she may be considered for the supplemental level (3-S). In Level 3-S, the student repeats the core courses in which he/she failed to meet the minimum requirement, or instructor-recommended alternatives, and then takes concurrent courses (one or two classes) in the College of Arts and Sciences. To be approved for Level 3-S, the student must already be conditionally admitted to the degree program. The IESL faculty and Coordinator will grant approval for Level 3-S on a case by case basis in cooperation with academic advisers from the degree program.

Full-time students who pass each level receive a certificate of level completion and are qualified to take classes at the next level during the following session.  Students who successfully complete the advanced level, and hence the IESL program, receive a certificate of program completion, which satisfies the Eastern University English proficiency requirements for entering Eastern University undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Students pre-accepted to the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible for 12 undergraduate credits upon successful completion of IESL.

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