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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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Creative Writing
- American Culture
- Advanced Listening Skills