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English as a Second Language (ESL) Program


Build your English language skills at a university with global reach

Franklin University has a strong history of providing English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that are effective and convenient. Our program has helped thousands of students over the course of the past two decades build the skills necessary for academic success.

Franklin’s ESL program was designed to help degree-seeking students master the language skills necessary for reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the classroom environment.

The ESL program is open to anyone who has completed secondary school (or the equivalent) and has received beginning-level training in English. Your course-level placement (Intermediate, High Intermediate, or Advanced) is based upon the results of oral and written Franklin University tests, in addition to your TOEFL or IELTS scores. You will also be assessed for placement into a two-course sequence in pronunciation.

College credit is available for Advanced-level courses, which meet the University’s requirements for College Writing and Speech Communication, or Interpersonal Communication - and upon completion of the courses; you can enroll directly into your degree program.

Benefits to Students

  • Learn English-language skills designed specifically to support your academic success
  • Experienced faculty create a professional classroom environment
  • Small class sizes ensure personal attention
  • Free placement testing, academic support, and tutoring
  • Full-time study at Franklin’s Main Campus during the day allows for evening flexibility
  • Earn college credit through Advanced-level ESL courses
  • Enroll in your degree program upon completion of the ESL program

ESL Courses & Curriculum

Level II: Intermediate

  • ESL 050 - Intermediate Reading and Writing (8)
  • ESL 051 - Intermediate Listening and Speaking (4)
  • ESL 045 - Intermediate Pronunciation (2)

ESL 050

INTERMEDIATE READING & WRITING

Prerequisite(s): Minimum 430 TOEFL (117 computer score) and appropriate score on a written placement test.

Through discussion, peer editing, small group work and individual assignments, students will improve their ability to read academic prose and to produce coherent, unified and grammatically correct paragraphs and short essays. This course is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis and carries institutional credit but does not count toward degree requirements.

ESL 051

INTERMEDIATE LISTENING & SPEAKING

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on an oral placement test.

This course is designed to help intermediate-level ESL students improve their understanding of colloquial and formal English, and to increase their vocabulary. Classes will consist of student presentations, short lectures, discussions, role-playing and vocabulary building. This course is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis and carries institutional credit but does not count toward degree requirements.

ESL 045

INTERMEDIATE PRONUNCIATION

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on the placement test. The course must be taken the first trimester the student is enrolled and must be repeated the next trimester(s) if it is not passed.

This course is designed to address the pronunciation, articulation, intonation and fluency of ESL students identified through the placement process as having intermediate levels of these skills. The course will also address communication strategies to reinforce meaning. This course is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis and carries institutional credit but does not count toward degree requirements.

Level III: High-Intermediate

  • ESL 060 - High-Intermediate Reading and Writing (8)
  • ESL 061 - High-Intermediate Listening and Speaking (4)
  • ESL 090 - Advanced Pronunciation (2)

ESL 060

HIGH-INTERMEDIATE READING & WRITING

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s): Intermediate Reading & Writing (ESL 050); or minimum 470 TOEFL (150 computer score) or equivalent MTELP score and appropriate score on a written placement test. 

Students will improve reading comprehension of popular and academic writings; and pre-writing, writing and editing skills will be applied to multi-paragraph essays. To learn these skills, students will hear lectures, read student and professional essays, and participate in individual and group activities. This course is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis and carries institutional credit but does not count toward degree requirements.

ESL 061

HIGH-INTERMEDIATE LISTENING & SPEAKING

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s): Intermediate Listening &Speaking (ESL 051) or appropriate score on an oral placement test.

By listening to other classmates, tapes, guest speakers and media, students will improve listening comprehension and note-taking. Through group and individual activities, students will also work on presentation skills and vocabulary development. This course is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis and carries institutional credit but does not count toward degree requirements.

ESL 090

ADVANCED PRONUNCIATION

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on the placement test or a grade of “P” in Intermediate Pronunciation (ESL 045). Students placed into this course must take it the first trimester they are enrolled; students placed into Intermediate Pronunciation (ESL 045) must take this course the trimester immediately following their passing the lower-level course. 

This course is designed to address the pronunciation, articulation and fluency of ESL students identified through the placement process as having advanced levels of these skills. In addition, this course will emphasize rate, volume, stress and repair strategies. This course is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis and carries institutional credit but does not count toward degree requirements.

Level IV: Advanced

  • ESL 120 - Advanced Reading and Writing (6)
  • ESL 125 - Advanced Listening and Speaking (6)

ESL 120

ADVANCED READING & WRITING

Prerequisite(s): High-Intermediate Reading & Writing (ESL 060); or minimum 500 TOEFL (173 computer score) or equivalent MTELP score and appropriate score on a written placement test. 

This course is equivalent to College Writing (WRIT 120).This writing course is designed to help students improve their ability to successfully complete the work required in many college courses. Students learn how to read, respond to, and analyze various kinds of writing. They also study methods of gathering, synthesizing and documenting information. The course emphasizes elements of good writing such as unity, coherence, clarity and appropriate grammar and mechanics.

ESL 125

ADVANCED LISTENING & SPEAKING

Prerequisite(s): High-Intermediate Listening &Speaking (ESL 061) or appropriate score on an oral placement test. This course is equivalent to Speech Communication (SPCH 100).

A basic public speaking course intended to improve the student’s ability to think critically, communicate orally and develop clear pronunciation. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before class members, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing, listening and participating in a group project.

ESL Program Admission Requirements

The ESL Program accepts students who have completed secondary school (or equivalent)
and have received beginning instruction in English. The following scores are required:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • 45 for internet-based
  • 133 for computer-based
    OR
  • 450 for paper-based
 
  • 4.5 - 5.0


Students who enter with an intermediate level of proficiency should be aware that more than one trimester of English will be necessary to bring them to the college level. ESL courses may be required before other courses can be taken.

Placement is determined by Franklin’s written and oral tests, in addition to the TOEFL or
IELTS scores. For students transferring from other U.S. institutions, Franklin testing results
will be used for placement (no TOEFL or IELTS is required).

Program Leadership

Keith Groff, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts, Sciences 
& Technology

Dean Groff, a Fulbright Fellow Scholar, leads the College of Arts, Sciences & Technology. Dr. Groff has held several leadership positions at the University. Prior to his appointment at Franklin, Dr. Groff taught intermediate and advanced levels of Applied Linguistics and ESL at The Ohio State University, Boise State University, Eastern Oregon State University, and Harvard University, as well as teacher training in ESL at universities in Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, and Hungary. He also has served as a consultant in ESL for the Idaho State Department of Education.

   

Michael Klingler, M.A., Department Chair, Humanities &
Communication Arts

Currently the Department Chair for Humanities and Communication Arts, Klingler also serves as the Lead Faculty for Learning Strategies and English as a Second Language at Franklin. He earned an M.A. in TESOL from The Ohio State University, completing more than 60 hours in the study of second-languages acquisition, methodology, and ESL writing, research, and practice.

   

Phyllis Duryee, M.A., Lead Faculty, Global Issues

Duryee has nearly 20 years of experience at Franklin University and serves as the Lead Faculty for Global Issues. Prior to coming to Franklin, she earned an M.A. in TESOL from The Ohio State University and was the Director of the English Language Institute at George Mason University. She serves on the boards of several international organizations and has traveled throughout the world.

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