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Welcome to the English Language Program   

VCU's English Language Program offers full- and part-time intensive ESL instruction (22 hours/week) as well as exposure to the rich cultural diversity in Virginia. We serve students who want to learn English for a variety of academic, professional, and personal reasons.

Our program prepares students in six primary ESL skill areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation and grammar.

Moreover, the English Language Program enhances student success by offering specialized skills courses (Level 2 students) and advanced-level academic preparation courses (Level 3).

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The VCU English Language Program offers numerous advantages for speakers at all levels including:

  • All ELP courses are taught by ESL professionals who hold an MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics, or graduate coursework in a related field with a TESOL emphasis/focus/certificate
  • We accept conditional admission without an iBT or IELTS score
  • Average class size of 12 students
  • Three levels of instruction:  Beginner (Level 1), Intermediate (Level 2), and Advanced (Level 3)
  • ELP offers a tutoring center and computer lab to help students improve their skills
  • ELP students may enroll in VCU courses depending on English fluency
  • Short-term programs designed specifically to meet the needs of students and professionals
  • Curriculum which features academic preparation courses based on future studies or career choices
  • Activities for students to practice language skills learned in the classroom within local and United States culture