English as Second Language (ESL) | Webster University

English as Second Language (ESL)


ESL Program Overview

The ESL program at Webster University- St. Louis consists of three levels - Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced/Bridge Level. The Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels are Full-Program, ESL - only. However, the ESL program in St. Louis uses a sustained content-based approach, which means that every ESL student in Full Program ESL attends one undergraduate content course. Assignments and skills-work in all levels of the ESL program reflect the topics and assignments of typical American university coursework, and for Full Program students, they specifically relate to the undergraduate content course assignments

Dates for the ESL Placement Exam »

Enrollment Options

Enrollment options are designed to meet the needs of ESL students at varying levels of English proficiency. Students are placed according to their scores on the Webster University Placement Tests.

Full Program

Intermediate Level (ESLG 2000.01)
Students have 21 clock hours of ESL instruction at the Intermediate level and earn 9 credit hours of elective credit (undergraduate students only). In addition, students attend ISTL 1000: Introduction to International Studies, the undergraduate class that provides content for ESL class instruction.

Upper Intermediate Level (ESLG 4000.01)
Students have 21 clock hours of ESL instruction at the Upper Intermediate level and earn 9 credit hours of elective credit (undergraduate students only). In addition, students attend ISTL 1000: Introduction to International Studies, the undergraduate class that provides content for ESL class instruction, or they do independent content study.

Bridge Program

Students take 6 credit hours of ESL instruction (6 clock hours - 3 credit hours per term) (undergraduates), or 6 credit hours (6 clock hours) per term (graduate) at the same time as the coursework for their undergraduate or graduate degree. These 6 credit hours include:

ESLG 4000.06: Research Writing
ESLG 4050.01: ESL Seminar

ESL Seminar
Students who wish to refine specific English language skills in such areas as citation, pronunciation, academic writing, or standardized testing may enroll in one- or two-credit individual instruction seminars.

ESL Course Content

Full program levels include six ESL courses per semester. The core courses are:

Reading
Writing
Grammar

Those courses are offered every semester. Other skills alternate semesters or are offered during the summer term. These courses include:

Pronunciation
Oral Presentation
Cultural Keywords
Study Skills
Academic Vocabulary

The seminar in TOEFL, IELTS and testing skills (ESLG 4070) is offered only during the summer term and is not a part of the full program curriculum.

ESL Tuition/Fees 2017-2018

ESL Tuition/Fees 2017-2018

Undergraduate

Full Program (Intermediate/Upper Intermediate):

  • Students are registered for and earn 9 ESL undergraduate elective credits per level per term.
  • Students attend 20 hours of ESL coursework and 3 hours of an undergraduate content course per week.
  • Students who attend two terms or more will pay a flat fee of $13, 450 per semester (2 terms).
  • Individual ESL classes are $565/credit hour. One individual class = $1695
  • This figure does not include living expenses, fees, mandatory health insurance, or books and supplies.

BRIDGE Program: (Advanced)

  • Students are registered for and earn 6 ESL undergraduate elective credits per level per term.
  • Students enroll in ESL for two terms, taking one ESL class per term at the same time as one or two degree program classes per term or semester.
  • Students who attend two terms or more will pay a flat fee of $13, 450 per semester (2 terms).
  • Individual ESL credits are $565/credit hour.
  • This figure does not include living expenses, fees, mandatory health insurance, or books and supplies.

Graduate

Full Program (Intermediate/Upper Intermediate): 9 credits per level per term

  • Students attend 20 hours of ESL coursework and 3 hours of and undergraduate content course per week.
  • Students enroll in nine credits of ESL for 8 weeks (at $350/credit hour, for a total of $3150
  • This figure does not include living expenses, fees, mandatory health insurance, or books and supplies.

BRIDGE Program: 6 credits (one term)

  • Students enroll in ESL for one term, taking two ESL classes and one graduate class during the Bridge term
  • ESL tuition-only is $1050 per class. Total = $2100.00 for both ESL courses.
  • Graduate fees will be charged at the regular graduate tuition rate.

 

Enrollment Process


Students who wish to study ESL at Webster University should start the admissions process with our international admissions team.

Students who wish to study ESL only can apply as non-degree seeking students. When students are filling out the non-degree application, when for the level of interest, click on "Undergraduate study" (ESL courses are undergraduate level courses). Then choose the St. Louis campus. For the term, choose "other". When it asks for courses, write "ESL study full time only."

Students who wish to continue after ESL as undergraduate students should follow the steps for admission for regular international undergraduate students.

Students who wish to continue studying as graduate students after ESL should follow the steps for admission for regular international graduate students.

Special note for students without the required TOEFL/IELTS score:

It is possible to gain admission for ESL study only without a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students without a standardized test can contact the ESL Coordinator directly via email or by phone to discuss their language learning history and determine if the ESL program is the right fit for them.

Because Webster’s ESL program starts at the intermediate level, we can not accommodate beginning level students at this time.


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