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International students studying at Eastern University through our early college initiatives are either exempted from English preparation (by IELTS or TOEFL score) or are placed into our Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program. Placement is based on the student’s English proficiency. Students with an 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 30-36 credits). Students who require additional English preparation will enter our intensive English program (IESL). These students can expect to earn 24 credits towards their undergraduate program before successfully completing the IESL program.

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

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

A. Program Contours:
The IESL program includes two elements: (1) Intensive English instruction; 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 native English speakers. The sequence includes 12 credit hours in four courses throughout the program (Total: 12 credits):

  • ENGL106 - Intermediate English as a Second Language (3.0)
  • ENGL107 - Intermediate English as a Second Language (3.0)
  • ENGL201 - Advanced English as a Second Language (3.0)
  • INST216B - Heritage of the US Culture (3.0)

Thus, students who successfully complete the entire sequence in one academic year will receive ~24 undergraduate credits. This is the advantage of our program: students earn significant academic credits while they are advancing in their English fluency.

2. The Bilingual sequence* is taught by instructors fluent in both Mandarin and English. The sequence includes four courses: two in religion, one in math, and one in the social sciences (Total: 12 credits):

  • BIBL101B - History and Philosophy of Ancient Judaism (3.0)
  • MATH140B - College Algebra (3.0)
  • BIBL102B - History and Philosophy of Early Christianity (3.0)
  • PSYC100B - Introduction to Psychology (3.0)

Thus, students who successfully complete the entire sequence in one academic year will receive ~24 semester credits.

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 term. Regardless of how long individual students need to complete each/all of the IESL levels, they will have the opportunity to earn ~24 undergraduate college credits.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
12.0 credits are awarded upon successful completion of Level 2, so students are working to earn these 12 credits during their entire time in the IESL program. ENGL106, ENGL107, ENGL201, INST216B
BIBL101 - History and Philosophy of Ancient Judaism (3.0)
or
BIBL102 - History and Philosophy of Early Christianity (3.0)
 
MATH140 - College Algebra (3.0)
BIBL101 - History and Philosophy of Ancient Judaism (3.0)
or
BIBL102 - History and Philosophy of Early Christianity (3.0)
 
PSYC100 - Introduction to Psychology (3.0)

* Availability of Bilingual courses is dependent on enrolled number of students. At least 5 students must be enrolled for the course to be promised. Courses will less than 5 students will be dependent on the willingness to the Bilingual instructor and will be determined within the first week of semester classes. Note: Bilingual courses will be reassessed for the 2019-2020 cycle dependent upon CAS departments decisions of renewal or dismissal

** Students should expect to need two semesters in order to complete one IESL Level and must pass both with an average GPA particular to each Level as well as the SPT score particular to each Level