The ESL Program is intended as an academic support for students in the Masters Degree programs. ESL classes are required of international students whose native language is not English and whose entering TOEFL score is below 550 (213 computer, 79 iBT) but at least 450 (157 computer, 45 iBT). Students whose TOEFL score is below 450 may not ordinarily matriculate into a degree program.
Currently the Seminary provides limited ESL support.
The ESL curriculum is structured into two levels: Intermediate and Advanced. The Intermediate level covers traditional ESL subjects of listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. The Advanced level teaches English for Academic Purposes, enabling students to read and comprehend academic English, write academic papers, and make oral presentations at the level required for seminary study.
Students are initially placed according to their TOEFL score:
|TOEFL Score at least
|450 (157 c, 45 iBT)
|500 (173 c, 61 iBT)
Students who score near 450 may also be required to take a Basic Skills course.
A Writing Test supplements the TOEFL for determining student placement in Writing classes.
Students who enter UTS at the Intermediate level of ESL can expect to complete ESL requirements in one year. Beginning in the second term, they can enroll in a limited number of seminary classes.
ESL Class size is restricted to 15 students for optimum learning. Classes are graded based on tests, homework, class participation and attendance. Students who receive the grade of C are normally required to repeat the class. ESL courses are non-credit and do not count towards the grade point average.
Registered students may audit ESL classes, but only those that are below the level in which they are currently enrolled. Additional classes, labs and tutorials may be offered for students who need additional ESL support.
Basic: additional instruction as required
ESL 0105 Basic Skills
Intermediate: courses as needed
ESL 0201 Intermediate Grammar, ESL 0202 Intermediate Listening/ Conversation, ESL 0203 Intermediate Reading, ESL 0204 Intermediate Writing, ESL 0205 Intermediate Skills
Advanced: courses as needed
ESL 0303 Advanced Reading and Grammar, ESL 0304 Advanced Writing, ESL 0512 Pronunciation