ELA is fun, effective, and designed for your individual pace. Course work and activities are designed to prepare you as quickly as possible for university and college work. Our classes focus on your needs through the guidance of expert instructors. You will quickly gain skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as increased confidence and knowledge about culture. Homework assignments, quizzes, exams, and class participation will help you learn and also prepare you as a future university student.
Our program consists of five levels plus two (2) Foundation levels for students with little or no English experience:
- Foundation 1 - Low Beginner
- Foundation 2 - Beginner
- Level 1 - High Beginner
- Level 2 - Low Intermediate
- Level 3 - Intermediate
- Level 4 - High Intermediate
- Level 5 - Advanced
Each level focuses on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as pronunciation, and grammar. Each course in these levels integrates two or more of these skills.
The courses in our program are:
- Foundation: Oral Communication, Reading, Writing, Structure/Grammar, Elective
- Level 1: Oral Communication, Reading, Reading/Writing, Structure/Grammar, Elective
- Level 2: Oral Communication, Reading, Reading/Writing, Structure/Grammar, Elective
- Level 3: Oral Communication, Listening/Reading/Note Taking, Reading/Writing/Study Skills, Structure/Grammar, Elective
- Level 4: Oral Communication, Listening/Reading/Note Taking, Reading/Writing/Study Skills, Structure/Grammar, Elective
- Level 5: Oral Communication, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Structure/Grammar, Elective
All courses require students to complete homework assignments, quizzes, exams, and participate for a final grade. Additionally, courses such as Oral Communication require that students do oral presentations. Writing courses require students to keep a writing journal.
English Language Lab
Classroom instruction, out of class assignments and extracurricular activities are reinforced, augmented, and provided additional practice through students’ use of our state of the art computer assisted language lab. The English Language Lab is anchored by two substantial educational software programs: Rosetta Stone and Tell Me More by Auralog. These two programs provide language learning instruction and support in reading, writing, grammar, speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Additionally, all media related items from the ESL program, such as CD’s and DVD’s, that accompany student textbooks are available for use in the English Language Lab. A wide variety of approved language learning websites and web based activities are also accessible in the lab. Students are required to attend the English Language Lab in the completion of specialized assignments for a minimum of three (3) of individual study in addition to two (2) hours per week of instructor lead study for a total of five (5) hours per week.
TICE uses the Michigan English Placement Test (EPT) to place students. The placement test includes the following sections:
- Reading Comprehension
- Written essay
The test is multiple-choice except for the writing section. In the writing section, you will choose from two topics to write an essay. After completing the written exam and essay, your scores will be reviewed. You will be placed in the appropriate level based on your performance. The test lasts about two hours.
Upon completion of the program, international students are eligible to apply for entrance into undergraduate and graduate programs at Arkansas State University with no further English proficiency examination, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. provided they meet the following:
- Completion of the final level of the program with 80% or higher proficiency for undergraduate admission.
- Completion of the final level of the program with 90% or higher proficiency and receive a passing grade.
Students must also meet any additional admissions requirements required by the program of study in which they desire to enroll.