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Description of ESLP

Longwood University’s English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) is an intensive program of study designed for students who need English for admission into American universities of for personal/professional reasons.

The ESLP curriculum at Longwood, called Focal Skills, consists of four modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Academic Preparation – and students focus on one skill, or module, at a time.

Listening Module

  • Listening is a fundamental skill needed in language learning in order to build on other skills.
  • As students watch movies with direction and explanations from the instructor, and listen to music, they practice listening to authentic language at the appropriate level.

Reading Module

  • Part 1 – Instructor and students read and discuss articles from authentic sources (i.e. USA Today) as the students learn to develop reading comprehension and critical thinking.
  • Part 2 – Each student chooses books to read, which allows him or her to build vocabulary and observe good writing formats.

Writing Module

  • With one-on-one guidance from the instructor, students explore topics of interest to them and develop their writing skills, including paragraph construction and grammar.

Academic Prep

  • Students learn how to apply their listening, reading, and writing skills as they prepare for an academic setting. 
  • The focus of academic prep is on note-taking, essay and research paper writing, developing study skills and giving presentations.

Examples of Electives offered

  • Grammar Workshop
  • Pronunciation
  • Creative Writing
  • American Culture
  • Keyboard
  • Advanced Listening Skills

Course Fees

To view the Course Fees, please click HERE for the PDF file.


Course Calendar

To view the 2015 Course Calendar, please click HERE.




  • In the News
  • Building Fluency Through Idioms
  • Academic Vocabulary  
  • Academic Listening Strategies
  • Typing/Keyboarding  
  • Pronunciation   
  • Grammar  
  • TOEFL Prep
  • Critical Thinking Skills
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