English as a Second Language

Abilene Christian University offers an excellent education in a safe environment for its 4,600 students who come from more than 60 nations. International students feel welcome at ACU and excel academically because they receive personal attention from highly skilled professors and have access to the newest technology.

The ACU Institute of Intensive English provides up to 20 hours of ESL instruction per week. Our goal is to get you ready for regular ACU courses, not just pass the TOEFL.

We offer a highly experienced faculty and small classes. We'll help you with college preparatory reading and vocabulary, composition, grammar, speaking skills, and research writing, and we provide additional activities through our international student programs. Your classes are in the same building with many American students' classes, so you'll be
able to meet native speakers easily.

Most important, we are genuinely concerned with your progress. We understand your goals, and we want to help you reach a high level of English proficiency as quickly as possible.

We can help you learn English!

ESL course offerings include the following groupings:

Program Overview

The Institute of Intensive English (IIE) provides semester-long English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the low-intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced levels. The IIE curriculum is designed to prepare students for ACU credit courses and consists of grammar, reading, composition and oral/aural communication courses at each of the three levels (except that the oral/aural communication course is omitted at the Advanced level).

The low-intermediate and high-intermediate blocks consist of 16 credit hours per semester (20 class hours per week). The advanced ESL block consists of 12 credit hours per semester (15 class hours per week) plus enrollment in one regular or audit class. ESL students must enroll in all courses included in their assigned block of courses (one of the three levels listed) according to incoming ESL placement exam results at ACU. Students advance from their initial block by achieving passing grades in all courses of that block. Students earning a failing grade in even a single course of a given block must repeat that entire block. Permission to enroll in full-time developmental and regular credit courses is granted upon successful completion of the advanced ESL block. A particular TOEFL score is not required for ESL students who move from the ESL block into undergraduate courses upon completion of the advanced level. However, students wishing to enter graduate work must meet additional requirements, including a minimum TOEFL-ibt score of 80 (or commensurate score on the IELTS, IEKEN, PTE Academic, or CAE).


Low-Intermediate ESL Block

FLEN 021 Low-Intermediate Reading and Writing
Practice in reading and writing for academic purposes across a wide range of content including literature and academic subject areas. Emphasizes vocabulary.

FLEN 023 Low-Intermediate Oral Communication
Oral drills, pronunciation practice, guided conversations, and other activities designed to strengthen oral/aural skills in English.

FLEN 027 Low-Intermediate Grammar
Grammatical proficiency is improved through the examination of major sentence patterns and grammatical forms.

FLEN 029 Topics in Low-Intermediate ESL
English composition training based on various topics accessible to the ESL student at this level.
 

High-Intermediate ESL Block

FLEN 031 High-Intermediate Reading and Writing
Practice in reading and writing for academic purposes across a wide range of content including both literature and academic subject areas.

FLEN 033 High-Intermediate Oral Communication
Oral drills, pronunciation practice, guided conversations, speeches, class discussions, and other activities designed to strengthen oral/aural skills in English.

FLEN 037 High-Intermediate Grammar
Grammatical proficiency is improved through the examination of major sentence patterns and grammatical forms.

FLEN 039 Topics in High-Intermediate ESL
English composition training based on various topics accessible to the ESL student at this level.
 

Advanced ESL Block

FLEN 041 Advanced Reading and Writing

FLEN 047 Advanced Grammar
Special topics based upon communication needs of students in the course (e.g., Oral Presentation in the academic setting, research writing, advanced academic reading skills).

FLEN 049 Topics in Advanced ESL


New students may begin in:

  • Late August (Fall Semester - 16 weeks)
  • Mid January (Spring Semester - 16 weeks)
  • Mid May (Summer Semester - 13 weeks)


Benefits:

  • Learn English in a safe environment
  • Take classes in same building with Americans
  • Receive individual attention
  • Students who successfully complete all levels of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program may be automatically admitted to an undergraduate program.


Our low-cost tuition package includes:

  • Highly qualified faculty
  • Multiple levels
  • Small classes
  • 20 hours of ESL instruction per week
  • Access to all university facilities
  • Free tutoring
  • Activities, field trips, banquet

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.