Juniata's Intensive English Program offers a high quality education. The instructors are highly experienced and certified in Teaching English as a Second Language. All of them have lived and worked in other countries and understand the transition process that international students experience when studying in a new country.

Admission and Placement

Prospective students must be a minimum of 18 years old. A minimum official TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Academic PTE score is required for admission to the IEP, as we do not offer beginner courses. It is the student's responsibility to make sure official test scores are sent to Juniata College. Under no circumstance will any student be admitted without official test scores.

If you wish to enter Juniata College as a degree seeking student, you must apply directly through the enrollment office. Contact Mr. Rylan Good, the Associate Dean of Admission, for details. You will not have to re-apply to the IEP if you need ESL courses.

Upon arrival at Juniata, all international students with a TOEFL score below 80 (or the equivalent IELTS/Pearson Academic PTE) will be tested and placed into courses according to their English proficiency level. The Intensive English Program offers academic English courses at two levels:

  • High-Intermediate
  • Advanced

All international students who are non-native speakers of English and do not meet the minimum English proficiency test scores will be tested to determine their English proficiency upon arrival. Students who have "English-Conditional" admittance will be enrolled in appropriate ESL courses and will need to progress through the ESL program according to the current IEP policy. Students who have been accepted based on non-conditional admission standards may still request English language testing and support through ESL courses and/or tutoring.

Advancement

As all ESL courses carry Juniata College credit which can be applied toward graduation requirements, the IEP follows Juniata’s policies regarding academic advancement which allows students with a passing grade of 60% or higher to move to the next level. As language skills are vital to academic success, however, every effort should be made by students in their ESL courses to achieve the highest level of skills and knowledge possible as this will provide the foundation for all future academic courses.

To view the full policy, please refer to the Juniata Student Manual.

Courses

The program encourages English fluency, both in class and outside of class, through projects, surveys and interviews with Americans. You must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester. This is a full-time load, as IEP courses give credit which can be used for graduation requirements. You will focus on developing language skills and building self-confidence in using English. The courses emphasize:

  • Strengthening speaking ability through discussions with international and American students, staff and faculty, and interviews with local people
  • Practicing listening to and understanding academic lectures in real university classes
  • Developing university-level writing and research skills
  • Expanding vocabulary and increasing reading speed
  • Developing the self-confidence to use English in a professional or U.S. university setting
  • Interacting with American culture and the expectations at a U.S. college/university

Tutors are available for students who need extra help. Tutors are often Juniata students who are in training to become teachers.

Full Course Listing:

(Note: Not all courses are offered each semester)

ESL-100   English Writing and Composition (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is gaining fluency and confidence in written communication and becoming comfortable as writers. The process of writing multiple drafts through revision will be applied to weekly one-page reaction papers and three longer essays.

ESL-101   Listening and Speaking (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is developing English for academic and social situations. Students will improve their speaking and listening abilities in the classroom through group and pair activities, pronunciation practice, and project work. Opportunities to interact with native English speakers outside of the classroom are presented and encouraged through surveys, interviews, a listening log and informal conversation. Students will also be required to participate in the Conversation Partner Program.

ESL-102   Reading and Study Skills (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is building reading skills and strategies needed to understand and discuss short articles as well as longer reading assignments. These skills include improving reading rate, building comprehension, and expanding student's vocabulary. This course also focuses on developing the skills required for success in the classroom: managing time effectively, adjusting learning styles, producing spoken and written summaries, note-taking, etc.

ESL-103   Grammar in Use-Level 1 (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is using acceptable and appropriate grammar with speaking and listening. Students will review grammatical structures of the English language through dialogues, interviews and short presentations. Grammar will be presented as a system to help students understand the patterns of the language.

ESL-117A   J.C.U.P(jc) (Summer; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) This course will introduce the reading and writing skills important to success as a college student in a North American academic context. Students will learn to critically analyze reading text, and synthesize information into writing assignments while applying research and revision skills. Strategies to improve your reading rate and comprehension, management of time and answering exam questions will be included. Students that register for this course are planning on attending Juniata College.

ESL-117B   J.C.U.P.(Non-JC) (Summer; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) This course will introduce the reading and writing skills important to success as a college student in a North American academic context. Students will learn to critically analyze reading text, and synthesize information into writing assignments while applying research and revision skills. Strategies to improve your reading rate and comprehension, management of time and answering exam questions will be included. Students who register for this course will not be attending Juniata College.

ESL-118A   Crossing Cultures(JC) (Summer; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) This course focuses on cultural learning-an ongoing process of communicating and interacting with individuals from other cultural backgrounds. Students will become more aware of themselves as cultural beings and learn about intercultural phenomena that will help them to interact in culture different from their own. The culture and expectations of the American college/university system will also be discussed. Students registering for this course are planning on attending Juniata College.

ESL-118B   Crossing Cultures(Non-JC) (Summer; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) This course focuses on cultural learning-an ongoing process of communicating and interacting with individuals from other cultural backgrounds. Students will become more aware of themselves as cultural beings and learn about intercultural phenomena that will help them to interact in culture different from their own. The culture and expectations of the American college/university system will also be discussed. Students registering for this course are not planning on attending Juniata College.

ESL-119A   Communicating English(JC) (Summer; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) Students will improve ability to understand English and build confidence and fluency in speaking. Examine conversational strategies such as how to begin and end a conversation, active listening, participation in a class discussion and norms of turn-taking in a conversation. Students will survey local people and give a formal oral presentation as part of a group community research project. Students registering for this course are planning on attending Juniata College.

ESL-119B   Communicating English(Non JC) (Summer; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) Students will improve ability to understand English and build confidence and fluency in speaking. Examine conversational strategies such as how to begin and end a conversation, active listening, participation in a class discussion and norms of turn-taking in a conversation. Students will survey local people and give a formal oral presentation as part of a group community research project. Students registering for this course are not planning on attending Juniata College.

ESL-150   Academic Writing (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is developing writing fluency, as well as helping students find their own writing styles. Students will explore and apply the writing process, including brainstorming, organizing, writing drafts, proofreading, and revising. In and out of class activities will include reviewing and analyzing their own writing as well as that of their classmates, organizing a portfolio, and writing three main essays exploring different academic writing forms.

ESL-151   Conversation and Discussion (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is learning and strengthening the skills of conversation and discussion often used on the campuses of North American colleges and universities. Students will more fully develop awareness of different academic and social situations which will require different levels of politeness and personal attention. Activities will include a reflective listening journal, note taking, and in-class presentations/speeches.

ESL-152   Reading and Vocabulary Development (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is developing specific strategies for improving reading comprehension and rate by using authentic materials: media and college-related texts. Vocabulary development will be an important component of the class, so that the students are better able to understand complex written information. Through on-campus interviews and discussion groups, students will understand the norms and expectations of the U.S. academic environment.

ESL-153   Grammar in Use-Level II (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is improving knowledge and use of written grammar as it applies to North American colleges and universities. Through the student's writings various grammatical structures will be explicitly examined, practiced, and applied. Although the focus of the course is grammar in writing, spoken grammar will also be covered through class discussions.

ESL-155   Clear Speech (Either Semester; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) The focus of this course is improving English pronunciation with an introduction to U.S. accent variations and other factors influencing cross-cultural communication. Students will identify individual pronunciation features such as specific sounds, stress, intonation, rhythm, etc. Students will work to achieve greater comfort and clarity with spoken English.

ESL-170   Academic Writing II (Fall & Spring; All Years; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this course is on improving academic writing skills needed to write more structured and complex essays in English. This course will guide students from more formulaic writing to more comprehensive writing by developing skills to express arguments clearly and with strong support. Timed-writings and peer-evaluations are strong components of the course as well.

ESL-192   Advanced ESL Reading (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) ESL 192 Advanced ESL Reading is an integrated skills content-based course designed to strengthen the development of college level reading skills to allow students to successfully navigate readings in academic courses. Students will work with an authentic textbook and supplemental materials to explore various text modes, strategies of understanding, and methods of meaning negotiation. Pre-requisites: ESL152 or permission.

ESL-199   Special Topics (Either Semester; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) The IEP can offer special courses based on student and program needs.

ESL-200   America: Nation of Immigrants (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this content-based course is exploring American values and the changing influences of different immigrant groups to America. The language focus is applying reading and writing skills, developing group interaction skills, and improving listening and speaking skills. Students also broaden their understanding of American culture by participating in a weekly volunteer project and by working with American reading partners.

ESL-201   Egg to Ancestor: a Study of Culture (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits) The focus of this content-based course is exploring life stages beginning with birth and ending with death as these ideas relate to the student's own and other cultures. Through the content, students will study and practice a wide variety of English language learning topics. American reading partners enrich the student's cultural understanding.

ESL-211   Advanced Listening and Speaking Seminar (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; CS) The focus of this course is developing high-level listening and speaking skills which are important to participating in North American college classrooms. This course is linked with a course in another academic department and students earn credits for both courses by completing all assignments for both courses. In ESL211, students will focus on improving group discussion, oral presentation, and pronunciation skills drawing on vocabulary and content of the linked course. Students will register for both courses and earn three credits for each course. Corequisite: One course in another academic department to be announced each semester.

ESL-212   Advanced College Reading: Mockingbirds Abound (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; CW) The focus of this course is exploring racism and discrimination in the deep south of the US from slavery to the 1960s. Students refine and practice reading skills and strategies necessary to understand authentic texts of increasing complexity. These skills include improving reading rate, applying new vocabulary in short weekly essay quizzes, and analyzing materials critically. Students read one novel and submit weekly written critical analyses on related articles, films, and lectures. They also participate in a book club with native English speakers which they regularly reflect upon in a written journal.

ESL-250   College Writing (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; CW) The focus of this course is to enable students to write proficiently and confidently at a high level equal to American college students. Students will complete four essays which represent those most frequently written by college students. They will learn specific organizational strategies and elements of style which match North American academic expectations. Multiple revisions will be complemented by conferences with the instructor, Writing Center tutors, and peer-editing.

ESL-299   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) The IEP can offer special courses based on student and program needs.