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ESL Curriculum

Purpose of the Program

The English as Second Language (ESL) program is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English to read, write, speak and listen to spoken English at a level that enables them to succeed in college level courses that are taught in English.

Program Description

The ESL program provides intensive English instruction and a cultural, social, and academic orientation to the United States. Instruction emphasizes spoken and written English crucial to college and university study in the U.S. Grammar, writing, reading, listening, comprehension, pronunciation, and conversation skills are taught each day at all levels. Students receive 20 hours of instruction per week. IRUS’s ESL program is an educational service solely to provide English instruction to students whose native language is not English, and that offers instruction that is nondegree granting, nonvocational, and is not represented to lead to, or offered for the purpose of preparing a student for employment in any occupation or job title.

ESL Program Modules

We have six levels of instruction module which are 24 weeks in length each level: Beginning (I, II), Intermediate (I, II), and Advanced (I, II). Module levels may be repeated until a student reaches their desired proficiency level in that respective area. A placement test will determine student’s level of English and which class students should take. Full-time students study between 20 hours a week.

Class Schedule: Mon - Fri., 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Admission Requirements

IRUS has an open door admission policy. Any person 18 years of age or older who holds a high school diploma or equivalent can take advantage of our academic opportunities.
1) Complete an admission application.
2) Provide documentation of the level of educational attainment reached: high school and/or
     postsecondary education.
3) Pay the non-refundable international student application fee of $200.00.
4) Take the ESL Placement Test