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The ESL Program assists non-native English-speaking ESL students to acquire, understand, and successfully use academic English at an American university. Students attain sufficient language proficiency and independent learning strategies to become successful participants in the La Sierra University community.

The ESL Program may also assist non-native English- speaking students to acquire, understand, and successfully use standard English for non-academic purposes.

The ESL Program is committed to sustaining instructional excellence through collaborative professional support, continuous monitoring of ELAC curricula and student services, and integration of appropriate educational technology and cultural excursions into learning and instruction.

The ESL Program, instructors, and coursework provide a broad range of excellent academic and cultural opportunities. These opportunities help students develop and demonstrate proficiency in the skills of reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening comprehension.

Five main levels of instruction (Basic, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expanded) meet each quarter during the academic year. Each 4-unit class meets 40 hours per quarter.

Instensive Programs

The ESL Intensive programs are designed for those who wish to enhance their English language verbal communication skills and desire to be exposed to American culture. The programs focus on increasing proficency in English language conversation, vocabulary, pronunciation, and listening. Learning takes place in the classroom and through exposure to American cultural experiences during a number of learning activities and local excursions.

Classes and activities are scheduled in various formats and in 2-8 week durations through the academic year, including summer quarter.

Mission Statement

The English Language & American Culture (ELAC) ESL Program assists non-native English-speaking ESL students to acquire, understand, and successfully use academic English at an American university and attain sufficient language proficiency and independent learning strategies to become successful participants in the La Sierra University community.