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. The program currently offers A2, B1, and B2.

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 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

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