Accredited IESL Courses
The IESL Program offers intensive English instruction for academic purposes to prepare students for academic study. Applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to be considered. Conditional admission is offered to students interested in undergraduate study at the university but do not have the required English language test score.
- IESL courses are offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters are 14 weeks long. IESL courses follow the university calendar.
- IESL classes meet 18-24 hours per week and meet in university classrooms on campus. Instruction includes reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, and pronunciation.
- Placement tests include listening, vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension. Interviews are conducted to judge speaking fluency.
- Course levels are Intermediate I & II, Advanced I & II, Transitional, and Academic Support. At the Advanced level, students may enroll in English for math, science, engineering, or business. Advising for students is provided by both the IESL program and the academic departments.
- Attendance is mandatory as required by Michigan Tech and the Department of Homeland Security.
- Students register for courses as Michigan Tech students.
- Students receive evaluations of their progress at mid-term and at the end of the semester. Evaluation is based on quizzes, tests, reports, projects, and presentations.
- Students participate in a Conversation Partner program.
- Orientation and advising are provided.
- Student housing is available on campus.
Michigan Tech provides transportation for students from the Hancock, CMX airport to student housing on campus at designated times before the beginning of each semester.
Exit Competencies and Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to deliver a comprehensible oral presentation to an academic audience.
- Students will be able to identify main ideas and supporting details of academic lectures.
- Students will be able to formulate and respond to peer and faculty questions.
- Students will be able to participate actively and mediate communication breakdown in academic classroom discussions and small group settings.
- Students will be able to monitor speech features that contribute to comprehensibility.
- Students will be able to compose texts appropriate to various academic contexts.
- Students will be able to craft research papers of appropriate length (2000-3000 words).
- Students will be able to develop complex rhetorical modes coherently and cohesively.
- Students will be able to demonstrate language formality and conventions.
- Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of syntactical structures and correct syntax and mechanics errors.
- Students will be able to read and comprehend academic texts by applying text processing strategies.
- Students will be able to produce summaries that mirror the structure of texts and be able to paraphrase the main ideas of a text.
- Students will be able to read critically by identifying common types of support in arguments, common logical fallacies and opposing points of view.
- Students will be able to identify implied main ideas, author’s purpose, tone and targeted audience.
- Students will be able to infer the meaning of new vocabulary and figurative language using word forms, grammar, affixes, and contextual clues.
- Students will be able to locate relevant and reliable sources using library resources, online tools, and academic databases.
- Students will be able to incorporate and synthesize sources into writing and oral presentations by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing and documenting them in APA style to avoid plagiarism.
The ESL program offers a number of English language courses that range from intermediate to academic support.
Intermediate Level Courses
Intermediate I Level Courses
- ESL 0310 – Intermediate Reading I
- ESL 0311 – Intermediate Vocabulary I
- ESL 0320 – Intermediate Writing I
- ESL 0330 – Intermediate Listening and Speaking I
- ESL 0331 – Intermediate Pronunciation I
- ESL 0340 – Intermediate Communicative Grammar
Intermediate II Level Courses
- ESL 0350 – Intermediate Reading II
- ESL 0351 – Intermediate Vocabulary II
- ESL 0360 – Intermediate Writing II
- ESL 0370 – Intermediate Listening and Speaking II
- ESL 0371 – Intermediate Pronunciation II
- ESL 0380 – Intermediate Communicative Grammar II
- ESL 0399 – Intermediate Independent Study
Advanced Level Courses
Advanced I Level Courses
- ESL 0410 – Advanced Reading I
- ESL 0411 – Advanced Vocabulary I
- ESL 0420 – Advanced Writing I
- ESL 0430 – Advanced Listening and Speaking I
- ESL 0431 – Advanced Pronunciation I
- ESL 0440 – Advanced Communicative Grammar I
Advanced II Level Courses
- ESL 0450 – Advanced Reading II
- ESL 0451 – Advanced Vocabulary II
- ESL 0460 – Advanced Writing II
- ESL 0470 – Advanced Listening and Speaking II
- ESL 0471 – Advanced Pronunciation II
- ESL 0480 – Advanced Communicative Grammar II
- ESL 0499 – Advanced Independent Study
English for Specific Purposes
English for Specific Purposes Courses
- ESL 0390 – Intermediate Special Topics
- ESL 0412 – Advanced English for Business
- ESL 0413 – Advanced English for Engineering
- ESL 0414 – Advanced English for Math
- ESL 0415 – Advanced English for Science
- ESL 0490 – Advanced Special Topics
Transitional Level Courses
- ESL 0491 – Transitional Writing
- ESL 0492 – Transitional Listening and Speaking
- ESL 0493 – Transitional Reading and Vocabulary
Academic Support Level Courses (for Seniors or Graduate Students)
Academic Support Level Courses
- ESL 0520 – Academic Support Listening and Speaking
- ESL 0495 – TOEFL Preparation
- ESL 0560 – Research Writing I
- ESL 0560 – Research Writing II
- ESL 0590 – Academic Support Special Topics
- ESL 0599 – Academic Support Independent Study