ESL

The ESL Program

SLU-Madrid is an American-based university and, as such, English is the principal language used by professors, administration, and students.

Students whose first language is not English must make sure that their academic language abilities allow them to study successfully alongside first language speakers. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program prepares students whose first language is not English to reach the level of proficiency needed to succeed in Saint Louis University’s degree programs.

ESL Classes

The ESL 101/111 integrated skills classes are obligatory for all students in the ESL program, and provide specific preparation for the TOEFL exam.

The ESL 102/112 written Expression courses are obligatory for all students in the ESL program, and provide specific preparation for the TWE essay.

The ESL 100 focus classes are aimed to provide specific skills for ESL students, and may be subject-based (English through Nature, English through Business and Communications etc.) or skill-based (Intensive Grammar, English through reading etc.).

ESL Levels

The Advanced Intermediate Level (ESL 101)

Students with TOEFL PBT scores between 440 and 500 are required to take ESL 101 M01 and ESL 102 M01, and between 2 and 4 focus classes depending on their score.

Only students with TOEFL PBT scores above  480 (or equivalent) may take non-ESL classes that are not language-based (for example, MATH-120, ITM-200, and CMM-255), unless they are Spanish speakers, in which case they may choose to take one of the courses that we offer in that language.

The ESL 101 level is more or less equivalent to a high A2 or low B1 level as defined by the European Framework of Languages.

The Advanced Level (ESL 111)

Students with TOEFL PBT scores of over 500 are required to take ESL 111 M01 and ESL 112 M01, and between 0 and 2 focus classes depending on their level.

Students must speak to their advisor to see what non-ESL courses they may take.

The ESL 111 level is more or less equivalent to a high B1 or low B2 level as defined by the European Framework of Languages.

Grading and Academic Status

The ESL classes are graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U), and thus do not affect a student’s GPA, although they do appear on the academic transcript.

The academic norms of the university apply to ESL as to any other program at SLU - Madrid.

Students with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE score of 4.0 have fulfilled all language prerequisites for any course taught in English offered by Saint Louis University.

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