ESL Credit Program
Credit Intermediate and Advanced Classes (Levels 2-4)
Classes emphasize vocabulary, reading, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking. These levels focus on preparing students for academic tasks such as writing essays, taking notes, reading textbooks, and making presentations to help with transition into their majors.
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Admission requirements for ESL credit program
Applicants who wish to apply to the ESL program must provide documentation of a minimum TOEFL score of 397 ITP, 30 IBT, 93 Computer- Based, or IELTS no less than 4.5
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Conditional acceptance may be available for applicants who do not meet minimum English proficiency requirements but are otherwise academically qualified for admission. An offer of conditional admission means that once you have met English proficiency requirements, have successfully passed Penn College's placement exams, and have shown sufficient financial guarantee, Penn College will re-evaluate your status for full admission to an academic program.
Applicants will receive a Penn College ESL Program Expectations and Procedures document, which will explain the policies of the program and important information. They will be expected to sign the document.
At the conclusion of the program, students must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 520 ITP (or equivalent) and meet minimum placement requirements to matriculate to an associate or baccalaureate major.
ESL credit program dates
Summer 2013 Semester (12 week semester)
- Application Deadline March 1
- ESL Orientation Day May 17
- Classes start May 20
- Classes end August 8
Fall 2013 Semester (16 week semester)
- Application Deadline June 1
- ESL Orientation Day August 16
- Classes start August 19
- Classes end December 14
Spring 2014 Semester (16 week semester)
- Application Deadline November 1
- ESL Orientation Day January 10
- Classes start January 13
- Classes end May 10
Unable to meet admission requirements for ESL credit program?
Noncredit Beginner and Pre-Intermediate Classes (Levels 0-1), for students who have no English proficiency or very weak proficiency, are also available.