English as a Second Language (ESL)
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program aims to help non-native English students improve their English language abilities and to equip them with English proficiency at an academic level, allowing them to be successful in their studies and careers.
By offering students the opportunity to study English, UoPeople prepares our students for the international job market, as well as providing them with an essential tool for building their professional experience.
The program is comprised of eight levels of proficiency, and students who attain the highest level of proficiency will take the Oxford Test of English to prove their competency in English.
This is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program that is designed to improve English-language proficiency. Similar to our other programs, students will be asked to pay an assessment fee of $120 at the end of each course; however, the University may provide scholarships to students who are unable to pay this fee.
The goal of the English as a Second Language program is to provide non-native English speakers with a graduated series of language courses that culminate in the demonstration of English proficiency skills to support career development or further study in English.
The knowledge and skills acquired by students who complete the education program equips them to study at a university level in English. Upon the completion of the program, students will be able to apply to any academic degree program and continue their studies towards a higher degree.
Language and communication skills create many opportunities for students and graduates reaching beyond the University. The program also gives the non-native English student population an excellent opportunity to participate and engage with students worldwide, further enriching diversity and opening doors to future international employment opportunities.
The English as a Second Language program is comprised of 8 different levels of proficiency. The first 2 levels are available only to students who wish to study in the Arabic Division and are taught in a mix of Arabic and English.
Students who wish to study in the English Division must provide an approved English test score or take the Duolingo placement test. Then, we will determine their English proficiency level and place each student at the relevant level according to their test score. As such, students may not need to go through all levels of the program.
Each course serves as a prerequisite for the following course. Students may move on to the next level after successfully completing their current level. A grade of a “C” or better is considered a passing grade for courses 1-7. A grade of a “B-” or better is considered a passing grade for course 8.
Students may repeat each course up to 3 times, with the exception of course number 8 (ENGL 0008 Intermediate English 2 (EAP)) which may be repeated twice.
The ESL program is a non-degree program, so it will not count toward a students’ total credits for earning a degree. However, it will give students the chance to continue their studies towards earning a degree at UoPeople.
This program was designed specifically for non-English speakers to equip them with the skills necessary to study at a university level in English.
The objective of the English as a Second Language program is to improve the English language skills of the non-native English speaker. The ESL classes teach different English language skills, according to the English ability of the students, interest, and needs.
Students are assigned a level that corresponds to their individual needs. All programs teach the following: grammar, reading, comprehension, writing, and vocabulary.
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If students would like to study in the ESL program, they must be 16 years old or older and provide a valid English test score taken from one of the following:
– TOEFL IBT
– TOEFL PBT
Those unable to provide a valid English test score have the option of taking a Duolingo placement test as part of the application process, or opt to begin the ESL program at Level 3.
The ESL Program does not provide transferable academic credit and is excluded from the student recognition for GPA achievements (i.e., President’s List, Dean’s List, Honor’s List).
The skills learned from the English as a Second Language program create language and communication skills that can lead to many opportunities for students and graduates reaching beyond the University.
By offering students the opportunity to study towards a degree in the English language, we are preparing our students for the international job market, as well as providing them with an essential tool for building their professional careers.
Discover more about how the ESL program can open new doors for students, not only creating new career opportunities but creating a better understanding between cultures and enriching personal lives by reading our blog.
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Students may repeat each course up to 3 times, with the exception of course number 8 (ENGL 0008 Intermediate English 2 (EAP) which may be repeated twice.
A grade of a “C” or better is considered a passing grade for courses 1-7. A grade of a “B-” or better is considered a passing grade for course 8.
Given that the ESL program is a non-accredited non-degree program, it is excluded from the student recognition for GPA achievements (i.e., President’s List, Dean’s List, Honor’s List).
The ESL is a non-degree program, therefore graduation documents, including diplomas and certificates are not issued for this program. Nevertheless, students will be able to download a letter of completion for each completed course in the UoPeople Portal, for their personal records.
To complete the ESL Program at University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a device with a reliable internet connection. Most of the learning materials that students will be dealing with in their UoPeople courses are compatible with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Office.
How many levels are there in the ESL program?
The English as a Second Language program consists of eight levels (courses) that become more difficult as the student progresses. The first two levels are only for those studying ESL in the Arabic Division.
What is the duration of the study for each level?
The study period for one level extends to 9 weeks, equivalent to the duration of one term at the University of The People.
What language is used in teaching?
Courses are taught in English.
Is ESL equivalent to TOFEL or IELTS?
English language courses help you improve your language level in general, and help you reach academic English proficiency, but these courses are not designed to prepare you for or replace a particular test.
Do you have to be an existing UoPeople student to enroll in ESL courses?
No! The ESL program is open to any individual who is 16 years or older and would like to improve their English skills.
Does ESL help me improve my English writing skills?
Yes, this program helps you acquire English communication skills, including writing for academic purposes.
What is the ESL fee, will the payment be at each level?
Each level of the English as a Second Language program is equivalent to one course. Like any undergraduate course, the exam evaluation fee for each course is $120, if you can’t afford this fee, please contact your Academic Advisor.
Can I get a certificate for this course when I finish it as an English course?
Yes! Students who have completed courses will receive a completion letter. Please note that the English as a Second Language program does not carry credit hours.
Is ESL sufficient proof of knowledge of English for companies to recognize?
UoPeople cannot guarantee that its applicants or hours approved by other academic institutions, or employers, will be accepted, as this is determined by each individual institution or company. If you are looking to join another institution, you should consult and verify the receiving institution in relation to its admission requirements.
The English language courses are designed to help you improve the level of English in general and help you reach the academic level of English. Language and communication skills can create many opportunities for students and graduates in the international labor market.