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Description of ESLP

The Longwood University’s English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) is an intensive, year-round program of English instruction.  The program provides non-credit academic instruction to international students who plan to pursue a degree at either Longwood or another institution of higher learning as well as to non-native English speakers who want to improve their English skills to achieve their own professional and/or personal goals.

ESLP courses are offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels and build a foundation necessary for higher learning in the academic classroom.  ESL class sessions are seven weeks long in Fall 1 and 2 and Spring 1 and 2; the summer session is ten weeks long.  New students can enter the program at the beginning of each of these five sessions (August, October, January, March and May).   

The curriculum of each level is designed to set a foundation for understanding and success in the academic tasks students will face in the university.  The courses build on each level of learning to enhance the ability to read critically, to discuss effectively, and to present ideas in correct, coherent and effective writing.

Some of the academic skills that students need in the academic environment and which this program will strengthen are:

  • critical thinking in listening, reading and writing
  • effective oral and written communication
  • skills and strategies for learning
  • fluency in speaking English and understanding it when spoken (as used in taking notes in class)
  • cultural awareness – students learning a new culture while sharing theirs with the Longwood community

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.