Graduate Students without Instructional Duties
Graduate Students (Without Instructional Duties) Placement
Graduate students who will not have assistantships requiring instructional duties and who were required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB score for admission to the university will be placed into ESOL speaking/listening courses based on their submitted speaking section scores from the specific tests.
The table below indicates the outcomes based on iBT TOEFL or IELTS Speaking Scores.
Graduate Speaking/Listening Classes
iBT TOEFL Speaking Score
IELTS Speaking Score
23* and below
7 and below
24 and above
7.5 and above
*Students with TOEFL iBT scores below 19 and IELTS scores of 6.0 and below are recommended to enroll in ESOL 5030 before ESOL 5080.
Students who submitted TOEFL or MELAB scores without speaking scores will be scheduled to take an Oral Proficiency Examination during ISS Orientation. This examination consists of a short oral interview conducted by two trained ESOL staff members, and based on the outcome of this examination, students will either be placed into ESOL speaking classes or exempt.
All required ESOL courses will be added to students’ list of graduation requirements, and the university expects graduate students to complete ESOL courses within the recommended semesters of enrollment issued from the ESOL Program Office. All students will be reassessed during the first week of the semester that they enroll in their required courses to guarantee that they were appropriately placed.
Speaking/Listening Classes for Graduate Students without Instructional Duties:
- ESOL 5030: Intermediate Listening and Speaking
For non-native speakers of English. Students placed in this class focus on pronunciation: individual consonants and vowels, word and sentence stress, intonation, and rhythm. Emphasis is also placed on building vocabulary, listening strategies, and overall fluency.
- ESOL 5080: Advanced Listening and Speaking
For intermediate- to advanced-level non-native speakers of English. Focuses on building overall oral fluency, listening skills, presentation skills, pronunciation, oral grammar, and academic vocabulary. Admission is by placement. Graded S/U.