English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The English as a Second Language program provides international students with an opportunity to learn English for academic purposes through intensive English instruction and weekly enhancement activities for students preparing for admission to undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Instruction is also offered to those students who wish solely to improve their English language skills. Students are placed in 4 different skill area classes: oral communications, reading, writing and grammar.

Course objectives are academically oriented with the aim of preparing students to function at the university level. In addition, students are given opportunities for social and cultural experiences designed to assist with their cultural transition.

Dedicated to student success, the English as a Second Language program places students at their level of English proficiency. Students are expected to take a placement exam when entering the university. Placement test scores determine what level a student is placed into. Students are placed into 1 of 3 different proficiency levels: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Every student is scheduled for a class in each of the 4 skill areas.

Students enrolled in ESL courses will be allowed no more than three (3) attempts to successfully complete each course. Students who are unsuccessful after the second attempt of a course will be assigned an academic standing hold and be placed on academic probation. Students who are unsuccessful after the third attempt of a course will be academically dismissed.

ESL Course Requirements:

ESL1110Beginner Level Oral Communication for Academic Purposes3
ESL1120Beginner Level Grammar for Academic Purposes3
ESL1130Beginner Level Reading for Academic Purposes3
ESL1140Beginner Level Writing for Academic Purposes6
ESL1210Intermediate Level Oral Communication for Academic Purposes3
ESL1220Intermediate Level Grammar for Academic Purposes3
ESL1230Intermediate Level Reading for Academic Purposes3
ESL1240Intermediate Level Writing for Academic Purposes6
ESL1310Advanced Level Oral Communication for Academic Purposes3
ESL1320Advanced Level Grammar for Academic Purposes3
ESL1330Advanced Level Reading for Academic Purposes3
ESL1340Advanced Level Writing for Academic Purposes6
Total Credits45.0