English as a Second Language

The Programs

ESL Achieve TOEFL 

ESL Achieve TOEFL is the intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Texas Health and Science University. It is a resident certificate program, which does not award semester credit hours, but awards a Certificate of Completion.  The University accepts candidates for admission three (3) times per year, in January, May, and September.  Our ESL students are expected to progress through the program within two trimesters each of 15 weeks of instruction.  Initial assessment of English language proficiency is required for admission to the course of study with the TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) – Test of English as a Foreign Language standardized examination.

The classroom curriculum is flexible to accommodate the varied learning styles and pace of each student admitted to the program, while meeting the demands of all of students in the program.  All classes are taught by experienced teachers who possess certification in ESL and/or TEFL.  Classes meet twice daily, for 3 hours each session, four days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:15 P.M. to 4:15 P.M., for a total of 24 clock hours of instruction for 15 weeks or 360 contact hours per trimester for two trimesters or 720 contact hours for completion of the program.

The THSU ESL(English as a Second Language) Program is based on and designed from best practices research as defined by the US Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), which publishes frameworks for ESL programs.  Our vision is in sync with the Department’s view which details that successful programs be designed to be flexible, innovative, accountable, and taught by qualified Instructors.

Living the American Experience

Living the American Experience is a three-trimester, intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program which intends to enable students whose native language is not English to communicate competently and confidently with American students and professors, business leaders, industry, and the public because of the effectiveness of their reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language.  The program is a resident certificate program which does not award semester credit hours, but awards a Certificate of Completion.

The University accepts candidates for admission three (3) times per year, in January, May, and September.  Our Living the American Experience students are expected to progress through the program within three (3) trimesters each of 15 weeks of instruction.  Initial assessment of English language proficiency is required for admission to the course of study with the TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) – Test of English as a Foreign Language standardized examination.

The classroom curriculum is flexible to accommodate the varied learning styles and pace of each student admitted to the program, while meeting the demands of all of students in the program.  All classes are taught by experience teachers who possess certification in ESL and/or TEFL.  Classes meet twice daily, for 3 hours each session, four days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:15 P.M. to 4:15 P.M., for a total of 24 clock hours of instruction for 15 weeks or 360 contact hours per trimester for three trimesters or 1080 contact hours for completion of the program.

Course Descriptions – ESL Achieve TOEFL Program

 L-801 – Language Assessment and Comprehensive Review (360 Hours)

This introductory course to the ESL Achieve TOEFL curriculum is designed for non-native High Beginner to Low Intermediate speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 32 – 44 (or an IELTS score of 4.0-4.5).  The purpose of this course is to establish a foundation of basic English grammar, vocabulary and skills necessary for daily life, as well as preliminary academic skills that will prepare the student for further study in academic English.  The 15-week course provides initial assessment of the student’s deficiency in English language comprehension of vocabulary, word usage, grammar and pronunciation, and assessment of the student’s reading comprehension and writing skills.  The course enables each student to develop a plan of study and learning strategies that is intended to advance the student toward the TOEFL levels desired for completion of the curriculum within two trimesters. 

Prerequisite:  None.

L-802 – Intensive TOEFL Preparation (360 Hours)

The second course in the ESL Achieve TOEFL curriculum is designed for Low Intermediate to Intermediate speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 45 – 59 (IELTS score of 5.0 – 5.5).  This course builds upon the foundation, strategies and skills developed in the introductory course.  The primary focus of the course is to develop foundational academic English competencies in the following areas:  Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, TOEFL Testing Strategies and Key Vocabulary, which are intended to equip the student to enter an academic degree program at the university level.  The course also continues to introduce aspects of American culture and language necessary for daily life and the acculturation process.

Prerequisite:  None.

Course Descriptions – Living the American Experience Program

L-901 – Language Assessment and Comprehensive Review (360 Hours)

This introductory course to the Living the American Experience curriculum is designed for nonnative High Beginner to Low Intermediate speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 32 – 44 (or an IELTS score of 4.0-4.5).  The purpose of this course is to establish a foundation of basic English grammar, vocabulary and skills necessary for daily life, as well as preliminary academic skills that will prepare the student for further study in academic English.  The 15-week course provides initial assessment of the student’s deficiency in English language comprehension of vocabulary, word usage, grammar and pronunciation, and assessment of the student’s reading comprehension and writing skills.  The course enables each student to develop a plan of study and learning strategies that is intended to advance the student toward the TOEFL levels desired for completion of the curriculum within two trimesters. 

Prerequisite:  None.

L-902 – Intensive TOEFL Preparation (360 Hours)

The second course in the Living the American Experience curriculum is designed for Low Intermediate to Intermediate speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 45 – 59 (IELTS score of 5.0 – 5.5).  This course builds upon the foundation, strategies and skills developed in the introductory course.  The primary focus of the course is to develop foundational academic English competencies in the following areas:  Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, TOEFL Testing Strategies and Key Vocabulary, which are intended to equip the student to enter an academic degree program at the university level.  The course also continues to introduce aspects of American culture and language necessary for daily life and the acculturation process.

Prerequisite:  None.

 L-903 – The American Experience (360 Hours)

This capstone course in the Living the American Experience program is designed for Upper Intermediate to Advanced non-native speakers of English who score in the following range on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 60 – 86 (IELTS score of 6.0 – 6.5. The 15-week course is designed for students that wish to further develop their academic English skills while also achieving a greater understanding of American culture.  The course focuses on advanced Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, and the American Experience in culture and academic climate through the study of history, politics, idioms, and American media and entertainment sources (i.e. music, radio, television, film and news), all of which are intended to equip the student to communicate competently with American students and professors, business leaders, industry, and the public with empathy, compassion, and integrity.

Prerequisite:  None.