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ESL Program

The ESL Program at IU South Bend provides support classes for non-native speakers of English. ‪Before enrolling in any ESL course work, a student must meet the University's English language proficiency standard for admission and be formally admitted in degree or non-degree status. ESL course work at IU South Bend is designed to support language skills development while students pursue other academic goals. As such, students enrolled in ESL course work may enroll in other course work towards fulfillment of degree and non-degree academic requirements.‬

Admission to IU South Bend

Non-native speakers of English applying for admission to IU South Bend should contact the Office of International Student Services for information regarding admissions requirements.

ESL Placement Exams

Students who are admitted to IU South Bend through the Office of International Student Services are required to take ESL Placement Exams. The purpose of the ESL Placement Exams is to determine to what extent students are linguistically prepared for university work. Students requiring additional instruction are placed into ESL courses. Exam dates are given to students who are admitted to the university.

The ESL Placement Exam has two parts, given on the same day. The ESL Placement Written Exam measures academic reading and writing. Students write an essay in response to the ideas in a reading (a few paragraphs) from a university textbook. Students have 75 minutes to read the paragraphs, then plan, write and proofread an essay. The readings contain topics to which everyone can relate. There is a choice of two readings, but students only write one response. Dictionaries are permitted but no other documents are allowed. During the ESL Placement Oral Interview, students converse with an interviewer for about 15 minutes about a topic with which the students are familiar. The interviewer may ask questions or make comments during the conversation.

Results of the ESL Placement Exams are made available to staff in the Office of International Student Services and to faculty and staff advisors. Results are also entered in OneStart and may be interpreted as follosw:

IUSBA Test Component Scores and ESL Course Equivalent

Institution

Test ID

Test Component

Score

ESL Course Equivalent

IUSBA

PLTSB

SBENG

15

ENG-W031/ESL




25

ENG-W130/ESL




55

G013




99

Student has taken ESL Placement Exams but is exempt from any SBENG requirement

IUSBA

PLTSB

SBORL

15

L100




55

G020




99

Student has taken ESL Placement Exams but is exempt from any SBORL requirement


Students taking the ESL Placement Exams may also be placed in the following non-ESL courses:

IUSBA Test Component and English Department Course Equivalent:

Institution

Test ID

Test Component

Score

Course Placement

IUSBA

PLTSB

SBENG

10

ENG-W031




20

ENG-W031 enhanced




30

ENG-W130




40

ENG-W131


Students should meet with their advisors to find out the results and schedule the required classes. Results of the ESL Placement Written Exam indicate placement into one of the following courses: ENG-W 031/ESL, ENG-W 130/ESL, ENG-W 130, ENG-W 131, ENG-G 013 or, in the case of some graduate students, exemption from the writing courses in the ESL Program. The ESL Placement Oral Interview indicates placement into one of the following course: LING-L 100, ENG-G 020 or exemption from the speaking courses provided through the ESL Program. The courses are described in greater detail below.

ESL Program Courses

The ESL Program offers the following composition courses for non-native speakers: ENG-W 031/ESL, ENG-W 130/ESL and ENG-G 013. For a complete description ENG-W 130 and ENG-W 131 (mentioned above), see the English department course list. The ENG-W 031/ESL and ENG-W 130/ESL courses offer instruction to students who need to develop the composition skills necessary for ENG-W 131, required for all undergraduate degrees at IU South Bend. Finally, a research-oriented ESL graduate-level composition course, similar to the undergraduate ENG-W 131 course, is available as ENG-G 013.

ENG-W 031/ESL PRE-COMPOSITION (4 cr.)
This course prepares ESL students for college writing at the ENG-W 130 ESL level by focusing on interpreting text and fundamental writing skills in an academic context. Students learn about the presentation of ideas, organization of ideas and revision of written work. Specific ESL writing issues are addressed. This course meets twice a week, with one class meeting in the computer lab.

ENG-W 130/ESL PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION (3 cr.)
In this course, ESL students focus on interpreting college-level readings and developing their ideas in relation to those texts in order to become well-prepared for ENG-W 131 (undergraduate students) or ENG-G 013 (graduate students). The course focuses on using summary, analysis, and synthesis to produce thoughtful, organized, theory-driven essays. Specific ESL writing issues are addressed. This course meets twice a week, with one class meeting in the computer lab.

ENG-G 013 ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (3 cr.)
This course is designed for graduate ESL students. Its purpose is to develop reading and writing skills necessary to complete graduate work. Assignments are completed using materials from the students’ academic disciplines. This course meets twice a week, with one class meeting in the computer lab.

Non-native speakers may also be placed into one the following language support classes: LING-L 100 or ENG-G 020. Undergraduate students who successfully complete LING-L 100 are not required to take ENG-G 020.

LING-L 100 ENGLISH LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT (4 cr.)
Non-native speakers of English develop skills in various aspects of English use, e.g. conversation, grammar, reading, and writing, with a focus on improving oral communication skills within the academic context. To this end, students may be required to lead small and/or large group discussions, give informal and/or formal presentations etc. May be repeated.

ENG-G 020 COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (4 cr.)

This course for international graduate students provides instruction on communication and presentation skills. The oral proficiency required to discuss and present academic materials is developed. Language skills and interaction skills are practiced while also focusing on students’ individual language needs.

Course Sequence

SBENG: Course Sequence for Undergraduate Students

 

ENG-W031/ESL

 

=>

 

ENG-W 130/ESL

=>

ENG-

W131



or



 

ENG-

W031

=>

 

ENG-

W130

=>

ENG-

W131

 

SBENG: Course Sequence for Graduate Students

 

ENG-W031/ESL

 

=>

 

ENG-W 130/ESL

=>

ENG-

G013



or



 

ENG-

W031

=>

 

ENG-

W130

=>

ENG-

G013



or



SBENG 99: Exempt from SBENG Requirement

 

SBORL: Course Sequence for Undergraduate Students

LING-L100

or

SBENG 99: Exempt from SBORL Requirement

 

SBORL: Course Sequence for Graduate Students

ENG-G020

or

SBENG 99: Exempt from SBORL Requirement


Automatic Enrollment in ESL Classes

The ESL course(s) into which the student is placed and subsequent courses in the course sequence are all required.  If a student thinks that he or she has been misplaced, the advisor or the student can contact the ESL Director to consider whether the student should seek an appeal.

ESL courses are designed as support courses. They help students become linguistically prepared for the demands of academic coursework at the university level. They prepare the students for the other (non-ESL) courses they will take while studying at IUSB. Therefore, incoming students who are placed into two ESL courses will be automatically enrolled in their prescribed ESL classes before classes begin. Students should work with their advisors to plan their schedule around their ESL courses.

ESL students will be automatically registered into their ESL classes until they are done with their ESL sequence. For example, a continuing student who passed W031/ESL will be pre-enrolled in W130/ESL.

Prerequisites for registration include placement exam results or a passing grade in the prior level. Continuing students will be enrolled in their next ESL classes before grades are assigned. However, if a student does not receive a passing grade or receives a “W-030” grade, the students will automatically be removed from the next level and they will be automatically pre-enrolled in the class they failed to pass.

Please be advised that all students must complete the prescribed ESL course sequence following assessment and before registering for W131 at IU South Bend. Requests to transfer in W031/ESL, W130/ESL, or W131 credit will not be honored until the full course sequence of ESL classes has been completed at IU South Bend.

Contact Information

For additional information about admission to IU South Bend, please contact the Office of International Student Services.

For additional information about the ESL Program, please contact the ESL Director:

Shawn Nichols-Boyle, Director
English as a Second Language Program
English Department
Indiana University South Bend
P. O. Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
574-520-4559
sfnichol@iusb.edu

 Writing Tutor Tips

The following documents have been developed by the ESL Committee of the English Department at IU South Bend as a resource for instructors and tutors working with ESL student writers:

Conference Interaction
The Local and the Global