ESL students in the UC

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Learning a new language

Mission Statement: The English as a Second Language (ESL) program strives to prepare non-native English speaking students with the academic and social language skills needed for success in an American university setting.

Goals: Our goal is to help international students be successful in their chosen fields of study by focusing on improving their English language proficiency, academic skills and understanding of American culture.

If you have any questions, contact:

Gail Lugo
ESL Director
Trine University
1 University Avenue
Angola, IN 46703
Phone: (260) 665-4854

Objectives of the Program

Upon exiting the ESL program, students should be able to:

  • read, write, understand and speak English at the college level;
  • recognize and respect cultural differences between their own cultures and those of others;
  • share their culture with the campus and local communities in an atmosphere of mutual respect;
  • communicate in English successfully in both formal and informal settings;
  • exhibit proper academic classroom etiquette; and
  • demonstrate successful study, time-management, and test-taking skills.

Best Path to Success

The fastest way to learn a foreign language is to give your best effort, maintain a positive attitude, and freely use the English language as often as possible! There is a lot to learn in a very short time, and the English Language Center instructors do all that they can to help students learn. Our faculty members are extremely interactive with students inside the classroom, highly accessible to students outside of the classroom, and wonderfully caring about students at all times. Nevertheless, language learning begins and ends with each student’s own individual effort. Thus, the most important way to successfully learn English is through hard work and determination.

Language Requirements for Admission

The language proficiency requirement to begin full-time studies at Trine University can be met in any of the following ways:

Undergraduate Students

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (United States): Internet-based: 71
IELTS - International English Language Testing System (United Kingdom): Band 6.0
TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication (United States): 750
STEP EIKEN - English proficiency test produced by the Society of Testing English Proficiency (Japan): Grade P-1

Graduate Students

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (United States): Internet-based: 79
IELTS - International English Language Testing System (United Kingdom): Band 6.5

Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet any of the above criteria or who do not submit language proficiency test scores, such as the TOEFL, will be considered only for conditional admission and will begin their studies in the English Language Center at our main campus in Angola, Ind. Upon arrival, these students will take an ESL placement test in order to determine their placement into one of the four levels of our ESL program.

Structure of the ESL Program

The ESL program is divided into four levels, with students in class approximately 25 hours per week. The emphasis at the lower levels is on the development of general English language skills. As students progress into the higher levels, the focus shifts to English for academic purposes, with the intent of preparing them for their eventual studies at Trine University. This shift in emphasis is illustrated in the following table: 

Focus of Instruction by Level:

  • General English
  • General English and some Academic English
  • Academic English and some General English
  • Academic English

ESL Course Schedule (Fall schedule coming soon)

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