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School of Languages

Introduction

Life University’s School of Languages expands the educational efforts of the university and equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ideas for living and working successfully in an international world of rapid social and technical change.

The School of Languages seeks to develop individuals through the promotion of learning by students and by faculty.  The transmission of knowledge is central to preparing students with the attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and leadership skills, enabling them to be a useful member of the global society.

The School of Languages intends to judge itself by the most demanding standards to attract people of great ability from all backgrounds and provide the infrastructure to support teaching, scholarship, and service for present and future generations.

ESL Certificate Programs

Overview

Life University ESL certificate programs range from the 100 through 300 levels. These ESL programs are components of the School of Languages and are designed to provide for the academic needs of the ESL students.  The Life University ESL programs lay a foundation for later study and helps prepare students to enter and succeed in their various fields of study.  Classes focus on the academic English skills students need to be successful at the university level.  Special emphasis is given to advanced listening, speaking and reading skills, as well as, complex English grammatical forms and structures, and academic composition.

Students who complete the ESL 300 program or receive a qualifying score in the ESL placement examination may enroll in the Life University TOEFL preparation program which prepares students to take the TOEFL exam.  Passing the TOEFL examination is essential to the continued success of foreign students.  This program reviews acquisition skills learned in previous ESL programs and provides students the knowledge of what to expect when taking the examination.  The Life University TOEFL preparation program is designed to help students effectively and successfully pass the TOEFL examination.

Furthermore, students who complete the ESL 300 program or receive a qualifying score in the ESL placement examination may opt to enroll in the Life University Business English certificate program.  This program allows students to learn business vocabulary, composition, listening, and speaking skills.  In addition to language skills, this program covers basic business courses and GMAT preparation.  This program prepares students to later enroll in other business programs since English is the universal language in the business world, the Business English program also helps build student confidence in their careers and gives them an advantage in the global job market.

 

ESL 100

32 quarter units

Certificate Requirements

•  Successfully complete 32 quarter units of ESL100 coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:
•  Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

Time Limit

The ESL100 program must be completed within 4 consecutive academic quarters from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

ESL 100 Courses

32 quarter units required

Complete all of the following courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

ESL  10

Beginning Grammar I

4/40

ESL  11

Beginning Grammar II

4/40

ESL  13

Beginning Writing I

4/40

ESL  14

Beginning Writing II

4/40

ESL  16

Beginning Reading I

4/40

ESL  17

Beginning Reading II

4/40

ESL  18

Beginning Oral Communication I

4/40

ESL  19

Beginning Oral Communication II

4/40

 

ESL 200

32 quarter units

Certificate Requirements

•  Successfully complete 32 quarter units of ESL200 coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:
•  Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

Time Limit

The ESL200 program must be completed within 4 consecutive academic quarters from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

ESL200 Courses

32 quarter units required

Complete all of the following courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

ESL  20

Intermediate Grammar I

4/40

ESL  21

Intermediate Grammar II

4/40

ESL  23

Intermediate Writing I

4/40

ESL  24

Intermediate Writing II

4/40

ESL  26

Intermediate Reading I

4/40

ESL  27

Intermediate Reading II

4/40

ESL  28

Intermediate Oral Communication I

4/40

ESL  29

Intermediate Oral Communication II

4/40

ESL 300

24 quarter units

Certificate Requirements

•  Successfully complete 24 quarter units of ESL300 coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:
•  Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

Time Limit

The ESL300 program must be completed within 3 consecutive academic quarters from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

 

ESL300 Courses

24 quarter units required

Complete all of the following courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

ESL  30

Advanced Reading and Composition I

4/40

ESL  31

Advanced Reading and Composition II

4/40

ESL  32

Advanced Reading and Composition III

4/40

ESL  33

Advanced Reading and Composition IV

4/40

ESL  34

Advanced Oral Communication I

4/40

ESL  35

Advanced Oral Communication II

4/40

 

TOEFL Preparation

16 quarter units

Certificate Requirements

•  Successfully complete 16 quarter units of TOEFL Preparation coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:
•  Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

Time Limit

The TOEFL program must be completed within 2 consecutive academic quarters from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

 

TOEFL Preparation Courses

16 quarter units required

Complete all of the following courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

TFL  81

Listening Practice

4/40

TFL  82

Topics in TOEFL and Reading Strategies

4/40

TFL  84

Writing for the TOEFL test

4/40

TFL  85

Grammar Review and Practice

4/40

 

Business English

36 quarter units

Certificate Requirements

Successfully complete 36 quarter units of Business English coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

Time Limit

The Business English program must be completed within 4 consecutive academic quarters from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

Business English Courses

36 quarter units required

Complete all of the following courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

BE91

Business Vocabulary and Idioms

4/40

BE92

Business Communications

4/40

BE93

Principles of Economics

4/40

BE94

Marketing

4/40

BE95

Case Analysis

4/40

BE96

Financial and Managerial Accounting Principles

4/40

BE97

Principles of Management

4/40

BE98

Business Planning and Implementation

4/40

BE99

GMAT Preparation

4/40

 

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The world-wide demand for teachers with training in TESOL is growing very rapidly and schools are in urgent need of English speakers with high-level language and teaching skills.
Upon completion of our courses, students will have a good working knowledge of the theories of language teaching and the ability to effectively present, explain, and teach the four basic language skills. They will learn effective teaching techniques; design high quality lesson plans and practice effective classroom management techniques.

Certificate Requirements
32 Quarter Units
Successfully complete 32 quarter units of TESOL coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

Our TESOL program consists of the following:
TSL 100

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

TES 10

Teaching and Learning

4/40

TES 20

Language Presentation

4/40

TES 30

Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary

4/40

TES 40

Teaching Listening and Speaking

4/40

 

TSL 200

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

TES 50

Teaching Reading and Writing

4/40

TES 60

Variations of Language Activities - Lesson Planning, Materials and Resources

4/40

TES 70

Effective Classroom Practice - Classroom Techniques and Management

4/40

TES 80

Student Assessment and Testing

4/40

*Students will engage in teaching practice in each phase of the program