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English as a Second Language

Chair: Udambor Bumandalai
Phone: (435) 283-7443

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The ESL Department provides an intensive English program designed for non-native English speakers whose English language skills are not yet developed enough to read, write, take notes and examinations, or do other college-level work in English. Most ESL students complete the program in one or two semesters.

Students in the ESL Program attend classes five to six hours a day for five days a week. ESL courses instruct students in basic to advanced levels of academic English skills such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The ESL Department also offers subjects which will help students to live and study at an American college.

Unless students have submitted a TOEFL score of 500, 173 CBT, 63 iBT (with a minimum of 15 in each section) or higher before arrival on campus, they are required to take the ESL Departmental Placement Exam at an additional cost of $25.00.  This is a one-time placement exam.  Students may not take it multiple times.  The score on this exam will determine where students will begin their studies.

After taking the Placement Exam, students are placed in one  of four different levels.  Students who earn a score of 88 or better on the placement exam will be admitted into regular academic courses and will need to take only ESL 1051 as a prerequisite for ENGL 1010.  Students may challenge ESL 1051 by taking a written essay exam that is graded by three ESL faculty members.  Students must pass this with an 85% or better by at least two of the three raters.


  • Writing: Students will be able to write clearly and effectively to succeed in regular academic courses.
  • Reading: Students will be able to read effectively to obtain information to succeed in regular academic courses.
  • Communication: Students will be able to communicate effectively in classes and with instructors to succeed in regular academic courses.
  • Culture: Students will have a cultural awareness of the differences between their own home culture's instructional style and American classroom culture to be able to succeed in regular academic courses.
  • Grammar: Students will be familiar with the English tense system and be able to produce grammatically comprehensible discourse.