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English Language Program

Curriculum

Academic Preparatory Program

ELP offers three levels of study – Level 1 (beginners), Level 2 (intermediate), and Level 3 (Advanced). Following successful completion of Level 3 coursework, you will receive an ELP Certificate and be able to begin your studies at VCU if you have received conditional admission.

  • Level 1: Core curriculum consists of 22 hours of ESL instruction per week for the Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks). You will take 12 hours of Written Communication, 10 hours of Oral Communication, and four hours of Conversation Skills.
  • Levels 2 and 3: Core curriculum consists of 22 hours of ESL instruction per week for the Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks). You will take eight hours of Written Communication, eight hours of Oral Communication, and three hours of a skills course or an academic preparation course. 

ELP offers three levels of study – Level 1 (beginners), Level 2 (intermediate), and Level 3 (Advanced). Following successful completion of Level 3 coursework, you will receive an ELP Certificate and be able to begin your studies at VCU if you have received conditional admission.

  • Level 1: Core curriculum consists of 22 hours of ESL instruction per week for the Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks). You will take 12 hours of Written Communication, 10 hours of Oral Communication, and four hours of Conversation Skills.
  • Levels 2 and 3: Core curriculum consists of 22 hours of ESL instruction per week for the Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks). You will take eight hours of Written Communication, eight hours of Oral Communication, and three hours of a skills course or an academic preparation course. 

Summer programs

ELP offers students three options of study in the summer:

  • Complete Summer Term: Students are encouraged to study in the ELP 12-week Summer term. This longer session offers students more course choices and an effective means by which to learn English language skills.
  • Summer 1: Students may enroll in courses during the first 8-week ELP Summer term. Instruction is held in May-June.
  • Summer 2: Student may enroll in courses during the second 8-week ELP Summer term. Instruction is held in July-August.

Graduate English Program

In Fall I and Spring I, ELP offers advanced English courses that are specifically designed for graduate students. These courses include Level 3 Written and Oral Communication for Graduate Students, as well as the Advanced English Track for students who complete Level 3. Special courses include test preparation and courses that focus on graduate-level oral and written communication skills. 

Custom short-term programs

We currently offer a wide variety of short-term programs. Please contact English Language Program Associate Director Dr. Emily Ferlis (ferlisec@vcu.edu) if you are interested in developing a custom English program. 

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