General Program Information

▼   Placement

When you enroll in Academic English/Pre-GPS classes at the English Language Center, you will be placed in classes based on your performance on the placement test. We use the Michigan English Proficiency Test. This test will assess your listening, reading, and grammar. You will also be asked to provide a writing sample and take a speaking test.

We have four levels of instruction:

  • Level One (CEFR A-1)
  • Level Two (CEFR A-2)
  • Level Three (CEFR B-1)
  • Level Four (CEFR B-2)
▼   Curriculum and Materials

Strong academics are important and the English Language Center at USA offers excellent academic preparation with faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and helping students reach their maximum potential. Our classes focus on academic vocabulary and skills you will need for success in university classes. 

Most classes are taught in a traditional “face-to-face” method with web enhancements that are managed through the SAKAI online platform. However, grammar classes are taught using a modified flipped approach.

The University of South Alabama encourages faculty to employ active learning methodologies in their classes to support student-centered learning, so ELC instructors use a variety of methods to enhance your learning experience.  You will have a mixture of lectures, group work, and independent practice that incorporates both face-to-face and online teaching/learning strategies.

A full list of our classes and textbooks is available here.

▼   Undergraduate University Admission Requirements

Many of the students in the English Language Center are improving their English with the goal of obtaining admission to a degree program at the University of South Alabama. International students must demonstrate proficiency in English to gain admission. Students applying for admission to undergraduate studies may demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Option One

Students can be recommended for admission to the University by the Director of the English Language Center if they meet the following program requirements:

Passing all level four ELC courses with a final grade of 70% or better.
Achieving a Michigan EPT score of 61 or better.


Option Two

TOEFL score of 61 or better (no subscore lower than 20) OR
ACT English subject score of 19 or better OR
SAT Reading score of 24 or better OR
A, B, or C on Advanced level English Examinations from the United Kingdom OR
IELTS Academic score of 5.5 or better (no subscore lower than 5.5) OR
iTEP Academic Plus score of 3.6 or better (no subscore lower than 3.6) OR
Pearsons (PTE Academic) score of 44 (no subscore lower than 44)

Students can also demonstrate English proficiency by completing the Global Path to Success (GPS) program. By enrolling in the GPS program, students continue to develop their English skills while enrolling in select University classes.

Note: Because it can take three (3) weeks or longer to receive TOEFL or IELTS scores, students are responsible for scheduling examination dates in time for the scores to arrive before the University's admission deadlines.  Please refer to the USA Bulletin for all admission policies and procedures that are applicable for the semester in which you are interested in applying.

The Student Services Coordinator, Justine Burbank, is available to assist students with scheduling of such tests. She can also help students with the application process.

See Immigration and International Admissions for the complete list of university admissions requirements.

 

▼   Graduate  University Admission Requirements


Students applying to a graduate degree program must demonstrate English proficiency as follows:

Minimum TOEFL score of 71 OR 
Minimum IELTS score of 6 OR
Minimum iTEP score 3.7 OR
Minimum Pearsons (PTE Academic) score 48

Students can also demonstrate English proficiency by completing the Global Path to Success (GPS) program. By enrolling in the GPS program, students continue to develop their English skills while enrolling in select University classes.


Please note that some programs may require higher scores to prove English proficiency. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit TOEFL results.

Note: Because it can take three (3) weeks or longer to receive TOEFL or IELTS scores, students are responsible for scheduling examination dates in time for the scores to arrive before the University's admission deadlines.  Please refer to the USA Bulletin for all admission policies and procedures that are applicable for the semester in which you are interested in applying.

The Student Services Coordinator, Justine Burbank, is available to assist students with scheduling of such tests. She can also help students with the application process.

See Immigration and International Admissions for the complete list of university admissions requirements.

▼   Global Path to Success  Admission Requirements

The Global Path to Success (GPS) program is an SEVP approved Pathway program. Students can satisfy the University's English proficiency requirements by completing the GPS program.

Students can enroll in the GPS program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Provide transcripts showing that they completed secondary school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency.

Students can demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency by:

  • Completing ELC level three in good standing with a final grade of 80% or better in all core classes AND earning a Michigan EPT score of 53 or better.
  • Completing ELC level four in good standing with a final grade of 70%.

You will find more information about the GPS program on the Global Path to Success page. Please click HERE to be directed to that information. 

▼   Class Times

Full-time students have twenty hours of instruction each week.

Class Schedule