English as a Second Language International
ESLI is the original Pathway Program into the universities degree programs. No TOEFL or IELTS required. Upon completing our program, ESLI universities guarantee placement to academically qualified students.
Students do not need to take GMAT or GRE exams at the time of application for acceptance into the graduate programs. Instead, ESLI affiliated universities allow students to take the exams at the end of the Pre-University level of the ESLI program.
Substantial scholarships are available to academically qualified students once they enter the degree program. These are available every spring and fall terms, and in some cases in the summer term.
As an ESLI student you will have full access to all the facilities and activities of the university. Each school offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the university culture, and feel at home at social and sporting events.
The ESLI language centers are designed to prepare students from non-English speaking countries to successfully enter and study at North American universities.
Conditionally accepted students will study English as a Second Language courses full time (25 hours per week) until successful completion of the pre-University-level-4 ESLI courses. ESLI students pay WKU student fees and have access to all University services and events. Upon successful completion of the highest-level ESLI, conditionally admitted students who have fulfilled all requirements for final admission will be able to enroll in WKU credit-bearing courses and begin their degree program of study.
The courses offered during the ESLi program are:
Listening: Using a variety of sources, students learn effective listening skills that they can implement both inside and outside the classroom.
Speaking / Pronunciation: Students gain confidence speaking in a variety of situations: casual conversations, formal dialogue, class presentations, etc.
Reading: Through in class reading exercises and a personalized reading program, students learn to read for pleasure and for university studies. Exposure to a wide variety of texts provides students with opportunities to find and select their own materials as well as develop some personal preferences.
Composition: Through guided practice students learn writing skills from basic paragraphs through the process of researching, organizing, and composing research papers. Confidence in self and peer evaluation is encouraged. Students also learn word-processing skills to prepare for university writing assignments.
Vocabulary: Students develop a vocabulary base appropriate for everyday conversations and classroom situations. In addition, they learn methods for long-term building and retaining functional vocabulary.
Grammar: Students are encouraged to learn grammar through use. Grammar instruction is provided within the context of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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