English as a Second Language (ESL)

Marietta College offers a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program that helps international students to succeed in college courses and interact with American students.

All international students must take the English placement test during the International Student Orientation. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for more information about orientation. Students interested in applying to Marietta can consult the International student admission page for more information on testing.

 

English language proficiency includes the following components:

 

ESL

 

English Language Proficiency Resources

 

Levels of ESL Courses

There are different levels of ESL courses for international students who need or want help with English as a Second Language.

  • For students with a high proficiency, we offer support courses that they may elect to take; these courses help with English that students need in their academic courses as they get used to studying in America.
  • For students who need more help, we offer courses at the high intermediate and intermediate levels to suit their needs.

Level

Proficiency

Courses

Credits

Support

Advanced

Support Seminar: ESL 291

Advanced Composition and Grammar:
ESL 292

1

Bridge

High Intermediate

Speaking/Listening: ESL 201

Reading/Writing: ESL 202

3

Intensive

Intermediate

Intensive English: ESL 101 and/or 102

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

click to expandESL 101 Intensive English

Intensive ESL to prepare students for academic work in English and survival skills in the U.S. Lower intermediate level reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar.

Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Director
Credit: 9 Hours

click to expandESL 102 Intensive English

Intensive ESL to prepare students for academic work in English and for interaction with Americans. Intermediate level reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar.

Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Director
Credit: 9 Hours

click to expandESL 201 Speaking and Listening (Bridge Level)

Speaking and listening necessary for survival in the U.S. and for comprehension and oral participation in academic work. Pronunciation, fluency, note-taking skills, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural conventions of oral communication in an academic setting.

Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Director
Credit: 3 Hours

click to expandESL 202 Reading and Writing (Bridge Level)

Academic reading and writing including note-taking and summary skills, vocabulary building, grammatical accuracy, and organization and coherence at the sentence and paragraph level.

Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Director
Credit: 3 Hours

click to expandESL 291 Support Seminar for International Students

Interpreting a syllabus, planning a study schedule, reading academic material accurately and efficiently, understanding and completing assignments as directed, understanding exam formats and questions. Based on courses in which students are currently enrolled.

Prerequisite: Permission of ESL Director
Credit: 1 Hour

click to expandESL 292 Advanced Composition and Grammar (Support Level)

Advanced work on grammatical accuracy, extending the productive range of grammatical structures, organization and coherence, and vocabulary at the paragraph and essay level.

Prerequisite: Permission of the ESL Director
Credit: 3 Hours