All students for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL test to determine their level of proficiency before enrolling at SAU. After receiving an international student’s TOEFL results, SAU admissions staff, the SAU registrar and Academic Student Connections staff confer about the information received to determine admission and eventual placement in initial courses at SAU. Students may request to see required TOEFL scores by contacting the admissions office (Heather Foster – ext.1697) or the ASC office (Heather LaClear – ext. 1480).
Numerous ESL courses have been authorized by SAU faculty to be taught, but only when a sufficient amount of students are enrolled. (See course list below.) Students may inquire as to the availability of courses.
Specialized help is available
Students whose primary language is something other than English may need assistance in fulfilling reading, writing, listening (note taking), or speaking requirements in any course. You are invited to meet with ASC personnel for assistance. Heather LaClear will work with you on your course adaptations.
ESL course descriptions (from catalog):
GES 130 – ESL Intermediate Topics (3): This course will offer a variety of intermediate topics allowing the students to focus on a particular area. The topics may vary by semester. (Currently not offered. Program under review.)
GES 131 – ESL Intermediate Foundations I (2-4): This integrated skills English course will focus on reading, writing, listening/speaking and grammar. The specific focus will be on reading strategies, presentation skills, summary writing, introduction to essay writing, and comprehension and analyzation of a variety of authentic texts. (Limited offering.)
GES 132 – Intermediate Grammar (2-3): This grammar course will focus on understanding and using complex grammatical structures. A detailed editing procedure for written work will be introduced and practiced throughout the semester. (Limited offering.)
GES 133 – Intermediate Reading (4): This reading course will emphasize reading strategies to understand the organization of a text and the content. Increasing reading speed will also be a major focus. (Limited offering.)
GES 134 – Intermediate Writing Workshop (1-4): This course will focus on the organization of writing at the sentence and paragraph level. Students will learn to write topical sentences and develop each topic within a paragraph through clear explanations and examples. Effective use of transition words will be emphasized and practiced. (Limited offering.)
GES 135 – Intermediate Listening and Speaking (1-4): This course will focus on developing each student’s ability to communicate fluently and accurately by integrating listening, speaking and pronunciation practice. Specific listening and speaking strategies that focus on the American culture as well as the expectations and requirements of the American classroom will be studied and practiced. (Limited offering.)
GES 136 – Intermediate Projects (3): Students will complete projects such as surveys, newsletters and a group presentation, as well as participate in American culture field trips. While researching for the group projects, there will be many opportunities to interact and communicate with Americans in the Spring Arbor/Jackson community. (Currently not offered. Program under review.)
GES 137 – Current Issues in American Culture (3): This course will provide the opportunity to learn modern, idiomatic English – especially as used in U.S. journalism – to fully understand the current events and issues in the host American culture. The student will focus on the five major social institutions as expressed in American culture. Students will also be exposed to the cultural elements by which those institutions are articulated such as art, movies, sports and leisure activities. (Currently not offered. Program under review.)
GES 140 – ESL Advanced Topics: This course will offer a variety of advanced topics allowing students to focus on a particular area. The topics will vary by semester. (Currently not offered. Program under review.)