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International freshmen who do not meet minimum college-readiness test scores are required to take placement testing in Reading and Writing. Non-native English speakers will take the Accuplacer ESL assessment while international native English speakers will use Accuplacer. Accuplacer ESL assesses students in two subject areas: Reading and Writing.

Each subject area has two assessments:

Reading

  • Reading Skills (20 multiple choice questions): Measures the student's English ability through comprehension of short passages
  • Sentence Meaning  (20 multiple choice questions):  Measures how well students understand the meaning of sentences in English

Writing

  • Language Use (20 multiple choice questions): Measures the student's proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences 
  • WritePlacer (Open-Ended Essay): Measures the student's ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success; scores are based on the student's ability to express, organize, and support thier opinions and ideas.

Who is required to take placement testing? International students who have a:

  • Reading ACT score below 20 and English ACT score below 18

             -or-

  • TOEFL score below 100 or any TOEFL sub-score below 20.

 The rubric for the EAP placement test can be found here

 

ESL 120 - Reading for Academic Purposes

This course cultivates skills to improve academic reading performance for non-native speakers of English enrolled in American university classes. Special attention is given to cross-disciplinary academic reading, reading rates and speeds, effective research methods, documentation and essay exams skills. This course is designed to raise students’ reading skills so they can participate in academic settings with competencies similar to their native-speaker peers.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. comprehend academic vocabulary, academic texts, and various forms of assessment from exams, exercises, and reports,
  2. synthesize, quote, summarize and paraphrase academic texts using correct documentation style sheets,
  3. organize, develop, revise, and edit during essay exams,
  4. practice and demonstrate effective group interaction skills as they apply to written and oral communication in academic settings.

ESL 130 - Writing for Academic Purposes

This course cultivates skills to improve academic writing performance for non-native speakers of English enrolled in American university classes. Special attention is given to cross-disciplinary research, collaboration, the writing process, content organization and development, editing and proofreading. This course is designed to raise students’ writing skills so they can participate in academic settings with competencies similar to their native-speaker peers.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. produce academic texts using the writing process and write substantial in-class texts during essay exams and drafting sessions,
  2. apply UK specific resources like the writing center, Blackboard and other aids,
  3. revise proficiently improving style, proofreading and editing,
  4. write reviews, reports, proposals, persuasive essays and essay exams with similar competencies to native speaker peers.

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