ESL Program Features

The academic curriculum focuses on all areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar/structure, and culture. Overall, we focus on speaking and listening skills, while also strengthening skills in the other areas. Test Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS) is an important part of our program. There are 4 levels of courses, and we plan to add a 5th level soon as our international student numbers are increasing. There are 20 hours of class per week.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening is an important aspect of improving both fluency and accuracy. Pronunciation is a special focus and individual attention is given to each student. Oral presentations are required and students are expected to work with Power Point. There are discussions and many conversation topics in this course.

Test Preparation/Grammar

The focus is on grammar, structure, and getting students prepared for the TOEFL and IELTS exams, depending on which level the students place into. Practice tests and quizzes are given so that students can see their strengths and weaknesses. Parts of the course are often held in the computer lab. Since UNCW uses the iBT system, we also focus on TOEFL speaking and listening tasks, as well as skills specific to the IELTS. Students who are at a lower level have a course in Grammar to strengthen basic skills.

Reading and Vocabulary Development

This course focuses on reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Students will actively read, relate what is read to their own experience, and then discuss it either verbally or in writing. Students will learn a variety of methods for vocabulary development, by using different types of dictionaries and study skills.

Writing Skills

Depending on the level of the student, this course goes into various writing skills: from beginning sentence constructions to academic essay writing that students would need when they attend degree classes in an American university. The higher levels of this course also address TOEFL Writing. Students also read samples of literature to base their writing tasks on.

Additional Features

  • Classes meet daily, Monday - Friday
  • On some Saturdays or weekday evenings we offer excursions which are also covered by the program cost
  • International Student Health Insurance is not covered by the program cost
  • Semester Break trips, usually cost between $200-$300, depending on the destination and number of participants

Sample Class schedule

Fall 2016 course schedule

MONDAY-THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Time

L2

L3

L4

1

9:00-9:50

Reading Comprehension

Grammar

Academic Writing

class 1

2

10:00-10:50

Speaking & Listening

Academic Writing

Reading Comprehension

class 2

3

11:00-11:50

Academic Writing

Reading Comprehension

Speaking & Listening

class 3

L

11:50-1:00

LUNCH

4

1:00-1:50

Grammar

Speaking & Listening

University Preparation

class 4

5

2:00-2:50

Elective

Elective

Elective

(end early - no elective)

50 minutes x 24 classes = 20 hours/week

ESL Staff

Your friendly teachers are waiting for you!

(From left to right: David Graber, Linsey Honaker, Program Director Maike Walbrecht, Kahla Nelson, Julia Bland, and Carmen Kerl)