Intensive Academic English Program

Since 1985, Towson University’s English Language Center (ELC) has offered state-of-the art academic language instruction to students representing more than 80 countries. New students will be assessed and placed into one of six levels designed to develop skills for academic success.

ELC students in class

 

 


 

Levels of Proficiency

Level

Description

Beginner Level
1 & 2

Students with beginner level English will build a strong foundation to succeed in the next levels.

Level 3 -5  Pre-undergraduate 

English for Academic Purposes courses

Students must complete level 3,4, and 5 with a grade of B or higher in each course.
Successful completion of level 5 meets the English language proficiency requirement for undergraduate studies at Towson University.

Grad 1 (Level 6) and Grad 2 (Level 7) 

Pre-graduate English for Academic Purposes courses 
Students must complete Grad 1 and Grad 2 with a grade of B or higher in each course.
Successful completion of Grad 2 meets the English language proficiency requirement for graduate studies at Towson University.
*Each Level is approximately equal to one 16-week semester, or 10-week sessions over the summer. Classes run Monday-Thursday (fall and spring) and Monday - Friday (summer) 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 15 
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 15

Why Study in the Towson University English Language Center?

INTEGRATED CORE SKILLS CLASSES

  • reading/vocabulary + writing/grammar and listening/vocabulary + speaking/grammar
  • research writing and graduate communication skills for level 5 and 6

SMALL CLASS SIZES 

  • averaging only 12-15 students
  • opportunities to speak, work in small groups, and apply skills in real-life language learning situations

CONVERSATION PARTNER PROGRAM

  • offers practice with native English speakers.

TOWSON ELC COLLABORATE

  • creates opportunities to develop intercultural communication skills. 
  • highly qualified experienced teachers make learning English exciting, challenging, and fun 

Schedule: Levels 1 through 5 

WEEK DAY 9 - 11:15 A.M. 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. 1 - 3:15 P.M.
Monday L/V+S/G Lunch R/V+W/G
Tuesday L/V+S/G Lunch R/V+W/G
Wednesday L/V+S/G ELC collaborate R/V+W/G
Thursday L/V+S/G Lunch R/V+W/G
  • L/V + S/G = listening / vocabulary and speaking / grammar
  • R/V+W/G = reading / vocabulary and writing / grammar

Course Components

Levels 1-5 are designed to prepare students to reach English Language proficiency levels to be successful in undergraduate study at a US university. Towson University's "Conditional Admission" program allows students to complete Level 5 instead of submitting an English Language proficiency test.

Full-time F-1 students  must take two blocks of core integrated classes per semester for a minimum of 18 hours of instruction per week.

Schedule: Levels Grad 1 (Level 6) and Grad 2 (Level 7)

DAY 9 - 11:15 A.M. 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. 1 - 3:15 P.M.
Monday L/S/G + graduate communication skills Lunch R/W/G + Research writing
Tuesday L/S/G + graduate communication skills Lunch R/W/G + Research writing
Wednesday L/S/G + graduate communication skills ELC collaborate R/W/G + Research writing
Thursday L/S/G + graduate communication skills Lunch R/W/G + Research writing
  • L/S/G = listening / speaking / grammar
  • R/W/G = reading / writing / grammar

COURSE COMPONENTS

Grad 1 and Grad 2 are designed to prepare students to reach English Language proficiency levels to be successful in graduate study at a US university. Towson University's "Provisional Admission" program allows students to complete Grad Level 2 instead of submitting an English Language proficiency test.

Full-time F-1 students must take two blocks of core integrated classes plus complete an Independent Research Capstone Project on a topic relevant to their academic program of choice. Minimum number of content hours will be 18.

Course Dates 2019-2020

TERM / YEAR ORIENTATION AND PLACEMENT TESTING FIRST AND LAST DAY OF CLASS ADD/DROP
Fall 2019 Aug. 20 - 23 Aug. 26 - Dec. 7 Sept. 4
Spring 2020 Jan. 21 - 24 Jan. 27 - May 12 Feb. 4
Summer 2020 May 21 - 22 May 26 - Aug. 4 June 1

Fall 2020

Aug 25 - 28 Aug 31 - Dec 14 Sep 8

ADD/DROP DATE

Add/drop date is the LAST day a student on an F 1 Visa can begin classes at the ELC. Students will be marked absent for days missed from the class start date. Students on F 1 Visas must maintain 80% attendance throughout each semester. Therefore, do your best to avoid a late start date. Students will need to have a valid excuse for beginning the semester after the official start date. 

HOLIDAYS (NO CLASS) 

  • Fall 2019: Labor Day, September 2; Thanksgiving, November 27 to  Dec 1
  • Spring 2020: Spring Break, March 15 to 22
  • Summer 2020: Independence Day, July 3
  • Fall 2020: Labor Day Monday, September 7: Thanksgiving November 25-29