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English Language Program

English Language Program: 736 Clock Hours

The English Language Program is an intensive academic English as a Second Language program designed for students who have not yet met the English Language requirements for enrolling in a degree program.  this program, upon satisfactory completion will permit the waiver of the language test score requirement at United States University, allowing the student to commence a degree program.  Students will also be awarded a certificate of competency.

Program Goals

  • Encourage and increase the students’ exposure to English in order to further develop their academic and communicative competence.
  • Help students adapt to any number of rhetorical situations.
  • Prepare students for additional tasks found in the academic setting.
  • Incorporate writing, speaking, listening and reading skills in class activities in order to provide an opportunity for students to practice and improve their overall English language skills.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop critical language competency, such as listening, reading, speaking, and writing, at the college level.
  • Master the foundational aspects of producing simple and complex sentences.
  • Develop their academic identity and understand the expectations of the university.
  • Gain a wide repertoire of appropriate methods and techniques for learning English in the academic setting.
  • Understand how to conduct research and apply research writing skills.

Program Specific Admission Requirements 
Present qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score:  minimum of 32 TOEFL or 4.5 IELTS

Testing and Placement
After taking the ELP placement examination, students will be placed into their courses according to the strength of their language skills. Approximate placement is based on TOEFL/IELTS score (actual placement dependent on ELP Placement Exam)

Modality and Schedule

  • Onground delivery
  • 8 week sessions
  • Monday through Thursday, plus 4 Friday activity sessions*
  • Course Total Hours: 184 hours (22 per week, 2 per Friday session)
  • Program Total Hours: 736

*Off-campus guided activities


Course and Exam Equivalencies

Level 1 2 3 4 Admission to USU Programs
TOEFL (IBT) Entry Level Score: 32
Entry Level Score: 35
Entry Level Score: 46
Entry Level Score: 57
Entry Level Score:
61 or above
IELTS Entry Level Score: 4.5
Entry Level Score: 5
Entry Level Score: 5.5
Entry Level Score: 5.5
(Listening and reading above 6)
Entry Level Score:
6 or above


Completion Requirements

  • Pass the ELP final assessment. Students must qualify for the final assessment through participation scores in the ELP 95 course.
  • At each level, students must maintain satisfactory participation in their course along with passing each level’s assessment exam in order to proceed to the next level.