About Our Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the UVU English as a Second Language program is to help non-native English-speaking students understand and successfully use academic English at an American university. To accomplish this goal, our faculty and coursework provide a broad range of excellent academic and social opportunities. These opportunities help students develop and show proficiency in the skills of reading, writing, grammar and listening/speaking.


UVU ESL Program Curriculum

Levels of Instruction

The UVU ESL Program has five levels of study. Classes focus on the language necessary to successfully study in an American college or university. Each level takes one 15-week semester (including summer) to complete. True beginning level students need five semesters to complete the program, while other students need less time depending on their previous exposure to English and their initial level of placement.

All ESL Program courses count toward a student's Grade Point Average (GPA) and appear on his or her transcripts. Levels 2 through 4 are credit bearing and level 4 students can apply up to 18 credits to fulfill the foreign language requirement for an associate or bachelor degree.

Course Descriptions and Goals

Basic Level:  ESL 0100, 010A, 010B, 010C

ESL 0100 Basic English Language Immersion
12:12:0 Fall, Spring
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For beginning ESL students, with little or no previous English experience. Integrates essential language tools and skills-reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary-needed to perform basic communicative tasks. Emphasizes building a learning community within the classroom. Includes lecture, discussion, collaborative class work, and outside experience with native English speakers.

ESL 010A Basic English Reading and Writing
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For beginning ESL students, with little or no previous English experience. Teaches basic competence and fluency in reading and writing. Focuses on reading fluently with meaningful comprehension and natural vocabulary acquisition. Covers paragraph writing on topics introduced in reading, using description, narration, and biography. Includes lecture, discussion, and outside experience with native English speakers. Completers should advance to high-beginning reading and writing level.

ESL 010B Basic English Listening/Speaking
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For beginning ESL students, with little or no previous English experience. Teaches basic survival skills in English-grammar pragmatics, accuracy, and listening, including proper pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm patterns. Includes lab, lecture, field trips, guest speakers, and outside experience with native English speakers. Completers should advance to high-beginning English level.

ESL 010C Basic English Vocabulary
2:2:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For beginning ESL students, with little or no previous English experience. Teaches a 1500-word vocabulary necessary for survival and academic needs. Explores vocabulary in context around relevant themes. Includes communicative practice and authentic language practice with native English speakers. Completers should advance to highbeginning English level.


Level 1:  ESL 0910, 0920, 0930, 0940

ESL 0910 Listening/Speaking Level I
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Introduces concepts of pronunciation, intonation, stress, and English phonics. Explores use of simple statements, questions, and commands on familiar topics. Introduces students to academic lectures and conversations. Includes weekly use of the UVU Language Lab where beginning conversation skills are emphasized and practiced.

ESL 0920 Reading Level I
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval

For students whose native language is other than English. Studies beginning vocabulary, word attack skills, English dictionary usage, and comprehension skills. Encourages reading for pleasure and for information. Introduces students to academic and job-related reading skills.

ESL 0930 Writing Level I
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Introduces English writing conventions including applied grammar and usage, word choice, style, organization, idea development, and technical accuracy. Introduces students to simple academic writing tasks. Includes weekly use of the LEC Computer Classroom where beginning writing skills are emphasized and practiced.

ESL 0940 Grammar Level I
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Introduces students to English usage, correct speech and writing forms and patterns, basic verb tenses and their related structures, and simple use of nouns, pronouns, adverbs, sentence connectives, descriptives, and related forms.


Level 11:  ESL 1210, 1220, 1230, 1240

ESL 1210 Listening/Speaking Level II
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies low-intermediate concepts of pronunciation intonation, stress, and English phonics. Expands use of simple statements, questions, and commands on familiar topics as well as academic lectures, and conversations. Includes weekly use of the UVU Language Lab where low-intermediate conversation skills are emphasized and practiced.

ESL 1220 Reading Level II
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies low-intermediate vocabulary, word attack skills, English dictionary usage, and comprehension skills. Encourages reading for pleasure and for information. Practices academic and job-related reading skills.

ESL 1230 Writing Level II
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies low-intermediate English writing conventions including applied grammar and usage, word choice, style, organization, idea development, and technical accuracy. Explores short academic writing tasks. Includes weekly use of the GA Computer Classroom where low-intermediate writing skills are emphasized and practiced.

ESL 1240 Grammar Level II
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies low-intermediate English usage, correct speech and writing forms and patterns, verb tenses and their related structures, and use of nouns, pronouns, adverbs, sentence connectives, descriptives, and related forms. Introduces modal auxiliaries, conditional sentence usage, phrases, and adjective clauses.


Level 111:  ESL 1310, 1320, 1330, 1340

ESL 1310 Listening/Speaking Level III
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies high-intermediate concepts of pronunciation, intonation, stress, and English phonics. Expands use of simple statements, questions, and commands on familiar topics as well as academic lectures. Emphasizes active participation in academic and social conversations. Includes weekly use of the UVU Language Lab where high-intermediate conversation skills are emphasized and practiced.

ESL 1320 Reading Level III
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies high-intermediate vocabulary, word attack skills, English dictionary usage, and comprehension skills. Encourages reading for pleasure and for information. Practices academic and job-related reading skills. Emphasizes extensive reading.

ESL 1330 Writing Level III
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies high-intermediate English writing conventions including applied grammar and usage, word choice, style, organization, idea development, and technical accuracy. Explores longer academic writing tasks. Includes weekly use of the LEC Computer Classroom where high-intermediate writing skills are emphasized and practiced.

ESL 1340 Grammar Level III
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies high-intermediate English usage, correct speech and writing forms and patterns, verb tenses and their related structures, and use of nouns, pronouns, adverbs, sentence connectives, descriptives, and related forms. Expands use of modal auxiliaries, conditional sentence usage, phrases and adjective clauses.


Level 1V:  ESL 2110, 2120, 2130, 2140

ESL 2110 Advanced Listening/Speaking Level IV
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies advanced concepts or pronunciation, intonation, stress, English phonics, critical thinking, and vocabulary. Provides opportunities for students to build confidence in public speaking. Emphasizes speaking and listening in advanced academic situations such as note-taking and participating in class discussions and debates. Includes weekly use of the UVU Language Lab where advanced conversation skills are emphasized and practiced. Satisfies AAS Humanities requirements.

ESL 2120 Advanced Reading/Vocabulary Level IV
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
is other than English. Using the English language, emphasizes developmental activities in finding stated main ideas and details, understanding inferred main ideas, skimming, scanning, recognizing patterns of organization and author’s purpose, interpreting literature, and using advanced level vocabulary. Includes lectures, group discussions, lab activities, and multimedia. Satisfies AAS Humanities requirements.

ESL 2130 Advanced Writing Level IV
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For international students whose native language is other than English. Using the English language, emphasizes developmental activities in essay organization, outlining, essay writing, editing and punctuation, and research paper writing. Includes lectures, small and large group activities, peer editing, and lab activities. Satisfies AAS Humanities requirements.

ESL 2140 Advanced Grammar Level IV
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): Department Approval
For students whose native language is other than English. Studies advanced English usage, correct speech and writing forms and patterns related to tense, time, parts of speech, modifiers, clauses, phrases, conditionals, active/passive voice, and modals. Emphasizes grammatical fluency in English speech and writing. Satisfies AAS Humanities requirements.

ESL 2150 Academic Skills – TOEFL
5:5:0 Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite(s): ESL 1310, ESL 1320; ESL 1330; ESL 1340
Focuses on the development and integration of the underlying language skills (academic reading, writing, listening, speaking) that are assessed on the TOEFL iBT. Teaches key reading and listening strategies. Provides opportunities for students to apply those strategies to academic tasks that involve the synthesis of information from a variety of written and oral sources. Develops students’ academic vocabulary. Provides opportunities to develop their test-taking skills and prepare them to pass the TOEFL iBT.