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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language program provides a challenging, caring, and supportive environment for high quality and comprehensive instruction in English at a reasonable cost and prepares students for success in academic classes. 

Curriculum Description

The curriculum for our English as a Second Language program is geared toward students whose English language ability ranges from high beginner to advanced. The goal of our curriculum is to create a program in which students are exposed to the language in manageable, yet progressive steps that advance their language learning without presenting information that is too difficult and overwhelming for their learning stage. The objectives are clear and measurable and will fully prepare the students for participating in academic and social situations. Each Spring and Fall semester consists of two eight-week terms, and each Summer semester consists of one eight-week term.

Levels
  • Level 1-high-beginner
  • Level 2-low-intermediate
  • Level 3-intermediate
  • Level 4-high-intermediate
  • Level 5-advanced

*UNA ESL does not offer classes at the beginner level. New students are expected to have basic knowledge of English even when beginning the program in level 1 classes. 

Typical Schedule 
  • 9:00-9:50 am Speaking
  • 10:00-10:50 am Grammar
  • 11:00-11:50 am Reading
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00-1:50 pm Listening
  • 2:00-2:50 pm Writing
  • 3:00-3:50 pm Computer Lab for Levels 1-3

*All classes meet Monday through Friday. 

Unique Benefits of UNA's English as a Second Language Program

  • All instructors possess a Master's degree in English or Education and a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certificate.
  • UNA ESL provides multiple level language training with the support of a designated computer lab.
  • The ESL classes have an average of 12 students per class.
  • Students from a variety of countries enroll in UNA's ESL program giving students more opportunities to practice English and learn about other cultures as well.
  • ESL students have access to all campus facilities, including a modern campus-wide computer network and computer labs, Academic Resource Center, library, state-of-the-art sports center, dining hall, medical clinic, residence halls, Career Planning and Placement Center, Guillot Student Center, and International Student Services.
  • The ESL program coordinates both English-only Conversation Partners and Dual-Language Conversation Partners. International students who participate have a chance to share their language and culture in addition to practicing English.
  • The University sponsors Friends of International Students Program which provides opportunities for international students to interact with American members of the Shoals community.
  • UNA has over 110 student organizations and associations reflecting a variety of interests, including international organizations, service organizations, social organizations, and academic organizations; these provide an excellent way to practice English, meet both students and faculty, and learn more about American culture.

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