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ESL Daytime Program
The Felician University Daytime English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is designed for college or career bound students whose native language is not English. On your first day you are tested and placed into one of four levels of English instruction. Each level consists of 23 hours per week of teacher-led instruction, with each level lasting 16 weeks.
Basic (Level 1)
Gain confidence in the new language by building vocabulary and learning basic grammar and writing skills.
Intermediate (Level 2)
Begin to explore more complex grammar and vocabulary. Focus on academic topics and language to begin your adjustment to American university life.
High Intermediate (Level 3)
Gain exposure to academic English and start preparing for university entrance. The focus is on language acquisition while introducing you to the themes you will encounter when you begin university classes.
Advanced (Level 4)
Learn higher-level skills in reading, grammar and writing. You will be expected to speak with a high level of fluency and are exposed to more challenging vocabulary and texts with very few adaptations.
Improving your language skills
As an ESL student you will study reading, writing, listening/discussion and grammar in your core courses. In addition, you may choose from a variety of elective courses, such as “The New York Experience” and “American Culture Through Film.” While each level is tailored to students’ needs, the following provides a general description of each class.
- Acquire English, learn culture, and develop critical thinking skills while reading fiction and nonfiction texts.
- Build your vocabulary and strengthen your ability to think in English.
- Read short stories by famous American authors as well as nonfiction pieces selected for their universal appeal and high interest topics.
- Develop inference/analytical skills for college reading.
- Learn the mechanics of the perfect paragraph and the steps of the writing process, from sentence to essay to term paper.
- Learn how to focus and organize your writing.
- Develop the skills required for academic writing at the university level (higher levels).
Listening, Discussion and Pronunciation
- Listen to authentic recordings to build comprehension skills and discuss how the topics relate to your life in the U.S. and at home.
- Develop confidence in your academic conversation skills and cover the basics you will need to give presentations in English.
- Understand the different English accents.
- Learn how English grammar works at the sentence, paragraph and essay levels.
- Gain a deeper understanding of the English language, learn to use grammar in context and apply the knowledge to your speaking and writing.
- Learn, apply, and understand complex grammar.
Applying to an ESL Program
Applying to one of our English as a Second Language (ESL) programs is simple and convenient. Please follow the instructions and submit all documentation by the program deadline dates listed below.
- Online application form
- Non-refundable $30 application fee – pay online. Your application will not be considered without submission of the application fee.
- Copy of your passport information page
- For an I-20, please submit a bank statement(s) and a Financial and Sponsor Affidavit Form signed by your sponsor, whose name appears on the bank statement.
Start dates and application deadline dates
- Students are encouraged to begin the ESL Program at the beginning of each level, though they may start on any of the following dates. Dates in bold indicate the beginning of a new level. Students are required to register for a minimum of eight weeks in the fall and spring semesters and four weeks in the summer semester.
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SAMPLE FULL-TIME ESL SCHEDULE
Level Two/Monday - Thursday
9:00 - 10:10 a.m.
10:10 - 10:25 a.m.
10:25 - 11:35 a.m.
11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
12:35 - 1:45 p.m.
1:50 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday/Elective (e.g. American Culture or Pronunciation)