English as a Second Language Session Information

The ESL Center is an intensive language program that functions in eight-week terms that go all year round. This means that during a full year (January-December), there are five total terms. Also the program offers four levels, but the levels for which there is the most demand will be the levels we open. For example, the center typically runs levels A2, B1, and B2 regularly.

Each level consists of reading, writing, conversation, and main courses. Each level offers six (6) credit hours total, so if two terms are taken (August-October and October-December) during a standard academic semester, then the total number of enrollment hours will be twelve (12). International students must enroll in a minimum of twelve credit hours in order to meet immigration requirements. 

When students first arrive, they will be required to take a placement exam, which is a thorough and complex exam with various language questions that determines the level at which students should begin. This exam is modeled after a few language proficiency exams that most universities use for testing, but it is arranged by the FHSU ESL Center personnel for all international students applying to FHSU. Also, ESL students are required to take an exit examination, which is must like the placement exam; however, this exam is to measure students’ overall language competency and proficiency to estimate their preparedness for the university setting. 

Schedule of Sessions:    
1st 8 weeks: August-October    
2nd 8 weeks: October-December
3rd 8 weeks: January-March
4th 8 weeks: March-May
5th 8 weeks: June-July
Levels of Instruction:     
A1: Elementary
A2: Pre-Intermediate
B1: Intermediate
B2: Upper-Intermediate
C1: Advanced


Session Application Deadline  Latest Arrival Date Placement Exam Classes Begin
June 2014                     April 1, 2014   
May 27, 2014 May 27 &
May 28, 2014     
June 2, 2014
August 2014 June 1, 2014 August 5, 2014 August 14, 2014 August 18, 2014
October 2014 August 15, 2014 October 6, 2014 October 9, 2014       October 13, 2014
January 2015 October 15, 2015 January 12, 2015      January 15, 2015 January 20, 2015
March 2015 January 15, 2015 March 18. 2015                    March 23, 2015 March 24, 2015
June 2015          
April 1, 2015 May 25, 2015 May 27 &
May 28, 2015
June 1, 2015


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