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ESL Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs consist of two different programs with different requirements:


(1) English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Program
(2) English as a Second Language (ESL) Spoken English Program for International Graduate Assistants

 

 


 

(1) English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Program


Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Who takes ESL courses?

What ESL courses are required?

When are students required to take ESL courses?

Where can students find more information?

Why are ESL courses important?

Which LSU faculty members are associated with ESL?

 

 

 

Who takes ESL courses?

 

Undergraduate and graduate international students
Your first language is NOT English

You are seeking a degree at LSU**

You are an exchange student***

 

You will take a standardized test (a.k.a. Michigan test) in order to be exempted from written English classes or to be placed into English courses.  The Michigan test involves both an objective and a written portion.  You will take this test promptly following International Student Orientation.  See the International Services Office, http://www.oip.lsu.edu/iso/ for details on international student orientation and other important information for first-time international LSU students.

 

 

**Graduate students with degrees from American Universities in the United States do NOT need to take the Michigan test or our ESL composition classes. Please bring a copy of your transcript to the International Student Orientation.
**Undergraduate students who attended for 4 years (and graduated from) an American high school in the United States do NOT need to take the Michigan test or our ESL composition classes.
***Exchange students are NOT required to take our ESL classes, but if they wish to enroll, THEY MUST take the Michigan test to ensure proper placement into appropriate courses.

 

 

What ESL courses are required?

 

ENGL 1004 and ENGL 1005 are required courses (equivalent to ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000 for native speaker students)

 

Course Descriptions:
ENGL 0004 English Composition: (5 credit hours) For international students whose diagnostic tests indicate the need for intensive work in basic writing skills. Pass-no credit grading. Not for degree credit. Required during the first semester of residence for all international students (graduate, undergraduate, and transfer students) who are not excused on the basis of the placement examination required of every new international student.

 

ENGL 1004 English Composition (3 credit hours) Prereq.: ENGL 0004 or placement by department. For international students. Same as ENGL 1000/1001, with emphasis on usage and idiom problems specific to international students. Required during the first semester of residence for all international students (graduate, undergraduate, and transfer students) who demonstrate on the placement examination need for work in English, but not at the intensive level of English 0004.

Graduate students graded pass-no credit.

ENGL 1005 English Composition (3 credit hours) Prereq.: ENGL 1004 or placement by department. For international students. Same as ENGL 2000, with continued work on problems specific to international students. Graduate students graded pass-no credit.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING COMPETENCY:
LSU graduates will conduct research-based inquiry, including articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original discourse.

 

ENGL 1004 COURSE GOALS:
Learn to position oneself as a writer and researcher within an academic community
Learn to read critically and analyze other writers’ work
Produce college-level essays characterized by organization, unity, specific support, appropriate word choice, standard usage, and correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics
Collaborate with peers to create papers and improve writing
Learn to revise and edit

ENGL 1005 COURSE GOALS:
Develop advanced grammar, diction, usage, and idiom skills.
Learn to position oneself as a writer and researcher within an academic community
Learn to read critically and summarize academic writing
Learn to argue effectively and properly document sources in a research paper.

 

Graduate Students must earn at least an 80% B in both ENGL 1004 and ENGL 1005 to pass (they receive a “P,” not a letter grade).  Failing a course does not impact the graduate student’s GPA.

 

Undergraduate students earn letter grades and their GPA is affected by their grades in the courses.

 

 

When are students required to take ESL courses?

 

Students must consecutively complete ENGL 1004 and ENGL 1005 in their first year of study. If they do not pass the course (earn an “F” as an undergraduate or an “NC” as a graduate student), they must re-take the course the next semester.
Registration information is provided at International Student Orientation

 

 

Where can students find more information?

 

The ESL office is located in Allen Hall, 260-J
Our coordinator is Ms. Gloria Gladman
The email address is gsmith1@lsu.edu
The office phone is 225-578-3041

 

 

Why are ESL courses important?

 

English composition courses are vital for students’ academic and professional growth.
Our focus in ESL composition courses is improving international students’ grammar, research, and writing skills.

 

Further Information:
For further information or if you have questions that are not answered by reading this page, you may contact our office (see above).

 

 

Which LSU faculty members are associated with ESL?


Christina Collins

Alison Grifa

Gloria Gladman

Tracy Wories



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(2) English as a Second Language (ESL) Spoken English Program for International Graduate Assistants

 

Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the oral proficiency requirement for international graduate students?

How are students evaluated?

What tests provide possible exemption from the oral proficiency requirement?

Who takes the Oral Interview?

What if I have a U.S. degree already?

What if I have been a teaching assistant at another U.S. university?

What is the Spoken English course?

When are students required to take Spoken English for International Graduate Assistants

Where can I find out more information about the oral proficiency requirement?

 

What is the oral proficiency requirement for international graduate students*?
To comply with Louisiana state mandate, the Graduate School requires oral proficiency evaluation and certification of international graduate students* on TA2 or TA3 assistantships.
 

* Includes those from all countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Puerto Rico, Viet Nam, etc., as well as naturalized citizens, U.S. residents, and those whose first language is not English.  

 

 

How are students evaluated?
A 30-minute, one-on-one, oral interview by Spoken English Program faculty will determine possible exemption from or placement in English 1051, the spoken English course.


Oral interviews take place on site and in person before each semester begins.  [See the International Services Office website for important information directed to first-time LSU international students].

 

 

What tests provide possible exemption from the oral proficiency requirement?
The 30-minute Oral Interview offers possible exemption from/placement in English 1051.  No other test is accepted.

 

 

Who takes the Oral Interview*?

*Students should first consult their departments and/or terms of their offers of assistantship for specific information regarding type of assistantship and any departmental oral proficiency requirement.   

  • Graduate students offered teaching assistantships (TA2 and TA3) must take the Oral Interview to have their spoken English comprehensibility evaluated and certified before they can assist with or teach a class or laboratory.  
  • Graduate assistants on any kind of assistantship (TA1, TA2, TA3, RA, and SA) from some specific colleges at LSU must also take the Oral Interview.   For example, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences requires oral proficiency evaluation of international graduate students on any kind assistantship (TA1, TA2, TA3, RA, and SA).  
  • Graduate students whose departments ask for or require evaluation of their spoken English and/or listening comprehension should ask for the Oral Interview.   For example, the Department of Mathematics also requires oral proficiency evaluation of all its international graduate students.

 

 

What if I have a U.S. degree already?
Those assistants with U.S. degrees still must take the Oral Interview.

 

 

What if I have already been a teaching assistant at another U.S. university?
Those with prior experience as teaching assistants must still take the Oral Interview.

 

 

What is the Spoken English course?
English 1051, the spoken English course, is a three-credit hour course graded Pass/No Credit (P/NC).  It does not affect a student’s grade point average (GPA), but it does count toward the course hours required for full-time student status.  English 1051 may be repeated for credit if necessary.

 

 

English 1051 Course Description:
The goals of English 1051 are to develop and improve general spoken English skills (pronunciation, stress, intonation, and rhythm), overall comprehensibility, and interaction skills by having students make needs assessments and participate in various tasks and activities designed to develop useful communication strategies.  Goals also include students’ learning how to help undergraduate students develop critical thinking skills by posing high-level thinking questions based on their technical presentations and getting the undergraduates to interact while answering questions.


A major component of the course is three videotaped oral presentations which require explaining, defining, or describing technical terms, concepts, principles, or processes from students’ fields of study, as well as interacting with an undergraduate audience by asking and answering high-level thinking questions based on the content of the technical presentations.  


Equally important to speaking ability are overall listening comprehension and ability to interact verbally in a clear, comprehensible, and effective manner both during the technical presentation and in spontaneous situations, for example, when asking and answering questions.

 

 

When are students required to take English 1051?
Graduate students on TA2 or TA3 assistantships whose oral interview results place them in the course must enroll the first semester of their teaching assistantship, as do any other students whose colleges or departments request/require their enrollment.

 

 

Where can I find out more information about the oral proficiency requirement?
Elin Epperson is Coordinator of the Spoken English for International Graduate Assistants
Email: eeppers@lsu.edu
Office: 4 Allen Hall
Telephone: 225-578-2822

 



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