The Intensive English for Academic Purpose Program at Madonna University is designed to support the needs of non-native speakers of English that wish to pursue a degree from an American University. ESL students will improve in all language skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing in comfortable classrooms equipped with the latest technology, with face to face instruction supplemented by online based learning and practice.
As the focus of the program is on academic English, you will learn academic skills essential to your study in the U.S. These skills include:
Madonna’s ESL Program is committed to providing the best instruction in ESL that will lead to successful completion of a degree program at Madonna University.
Students with no TOEFL scores can take an English placement test upon arrival on campus to determine their English proficiency skills.
The following dates are available for the placement test for Winter 2021 term:
ESL Placement Testing | Fall 2019-2020
|12/04/2020||Friday||9am - 1pm||TBD|
- Registration required in advance. To register, email email@example.com.
- Fee: $25, payable at the Student Accounts Office. Bring your receipt and a photo ID to the testing session.
When I chose to study abroad, I was faced with many different challenges, especially with speaking English. I attended the ESL program and I learned the academic skills which were very helpful to prepare for academic studies at Madonna. While I attended the ESL program, I was able to enhance my grammar, writing, vocabulary, and communication skills. Also, the program helped me expand my sights of different cultures and customs and idiomatic uses of English. After I have gone through the ESL program, I was able to be on the Deans’ list every semester earning a nursing degree, what prepared to be a professional nurse at Samsung Medical center in Seoul, South Korea.
Felipe Bianchi Ferreira Guimaraes, Brazil, International Business and Economics
I chose International Business as my major because I wish to increase my understanding of global markets and various regions and cultures of the world. Before starting my major, I needed to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. This program was the best thing that happened in my life. I created a real family; all the professors and students helped me to achieve my goals. I will always be thankful to the ESL Program because it prepared me to be a confident English speaker. Madonna University is a good institution that is helping me develop my skills. The professors in the ESL Program are very dedicated and supportive, motivating and encouraging students to give their best all the time.
Jesus A., Mexico, Mechanical Engineering
I came to this country without knowing the language or having any idea of this country’s customs or culture outside of American movies. It took a lot of hard work and self-discipline to learn not only how to survive but to thrive. I earned my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, I did not stop there; I started pursuing my Master degree in Mechanical Engineering shortly after I graduated. Today, I work as an entry-level Hybrid Engineer for the Ford Motor Company. Through many uncomfortable experiences and with the help of my teachers and family, I was able to learn English, to the point where I could live and work comfortably here in United States.
Do I need TOEFL to be admitted to Madonna University?
No, but in that case you must take M.U.’s institutional English Placement Test on campus to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language. Based on the test results, you are placed in courses commensurate with your English proficiency levels.
Are ESL courses offered year round?
ESL courses are part of the academic calendar. They meet during fall and winter semesters for 16 weeks. Each class meets twice a week for 2 hours. American Culture and Language Immersion meets for 4 hours on Fridays.
Are ESL courses “for credit”?
The credits of 4000 advanced level ESL courses (a total of 19 semester hours of ESL course work) may count as electives toward the 120 hours necessary for a baccalaureate degree. ALL ESL course grades are calculated into the overall Madonna University grade point average.
How many ESL courses do I have to take?
It depends on the placement test results. Students have an opportunity to test out of the Intensive ESL Program at the end of each semester. Occasionally, students are exempted from ESL courses because their level is equal to a TOEFL iBT score of 70/120 (undergraduate) or 80/120 (graduate) and a TWE of 5.
Are ESL classes Pass/Fail?
No, the same grading policy applies to ESL as to other courses.
Do you provide tutoring?
Yes, the Writing Center and the Center for Personalized Instruction provide individual tutoring.
Do I need a writing test?
Yes. If you plan to take the TOEFL, you must also register for the TWE (Test of Written English). If you take the M.U. placement test, a written test will be included. If you take the TOEFL without the TWE, you will be tested for your writing proficiency at Madonna University.
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