Students who enter the IELS with a TOEFL iBT (or equivalent) score of 55 + and who wish to matriculate into a degree seeking Taylor program will take one semester of ESL courses, achieving the necessary TOEFL score, teacher recommendations, and GPA by time for registration for the following semester. Courses offered for advanced track students are:
• ESL091: The American Classroom (3 credits) required
Course Description: This course prepares advanced students for the university classroom through content based instruction that closely follows the curriculum format of Taylor University classrooms. Students will gain a broad perspective of historical, religious, and societal influences on American educational culture through lectures, class discussions, and practical assignments.
• ESL093: Advanced Academic Language Skills (3 credits) required
Course Description: This integrated skills course ensures that English Language Learners are equipped with the linguistic tools necessary to meet the demands of an American academic environment. Students will receive focused instruction and practice in advanced academic speaking, listening, reading, and writing through college-level books, lectures, film, and other forms of academic media.
• ESL066: Class Audit (3 credits) fall, winter, spring semester elective
Course Description: This course, to be taken in the semester immediately preceding admittance to a degree-seeking Taylor University program, gives students extended exposure to a Taylor University class of their choosing. Students will not only learn the content of the course, but will also gain insight into the linguistic and cultural demands of an American university.
• ESL061: Grammar Lab (2 credits) fall semester elective
Course Description: This course integrates classroom grammar instruction with meaningful noticing and production of level-appropriate grammar points.
• IAS171: American Pop Culture (2 credits) fall semester elective
Course Description: This course is designed to cause students to reflect on their home culture while learning through discussion, lectures, and experience key aspects of American pop culture.
• ESL067: Advanced Vocabulary (2 credits) spring semester elective
Course Description: This course prepares students to be life-long vocabulary learners though content-based lexical instruction and vocabulary skill-building practice.
• ESL068: American English Pronunciation (2 credits) spring semester elective
Course Description: This course focuses on improving both the accuracy and fluency of students spoken English through instruction and meaningfully contextualized practice in individual sounds, sound combinations, and intonation of English words, phrases, and sentences.
Advanced Track students who successfully complete the semester program will be eligible for full admission into a Taylor University degree seeking program.