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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)

Responsible Department
English as a Second Language
Effective Date
09/17/2015
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    Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to state the requirements for the delivery of a Program for English for Speakers of Other Languages at the University of North Georgia (“UNG” or “University”).

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    Definitions

    1. ESL — English for Speakers of Other Languages

    2. COMPASS — standardized instrument for placement used by the University System of Georgia at the time of the writing of this policy statement

    3. TOEFL — Test of English as a Foreign Language

    4. IELTS — International English Language Testing System
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    Statement

    1. The University recognizes that students whose native language is not English may need additional instruction in academic reading, writing, vocabulary, and oral/aural American English in order to succeed in college credit courses. UNG students can enroll in coursework to increase proficiency in these skill areas through the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, with ESL classes taught on the Gainesville campus.

    2. These classes are designed to prepare matriculated students for success in college credit courses by assisting bilingual and multilingual students to achieve advanced English skills; the program does not accept students who have little to no command of English.

    3. The UNG ESL Program also recognizes that second or additional (academic) language acquisition (1) is a linguistic, not developmental, concern and (2) is a skill or behavior that develops over time through instruction in and use of English in an academic setting.

    4. WAIVER OF ESL OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES –
      Bilingual or multilingual students with ESL course requirements may elect to waive their right to satisfy reading or English placement requirements through ESL course offerings and change to the Learning Support (LS) track. Students electing to waive this placement also relinquish all rights accorded bilingual and multilingual students as participants in the ESL Program for satisfying Reading and/or English placement requirements.

    5. TRANSFER POLICIES FOR ESL AND LEARNING SUPPORT STUDENTS -
      Students who complete Learning Support Math or ESL English or Reading courses at another USG institution are exempted from that/those area(s). Those students who begin ESL or Learning Support Math courses but do not complete them at another USG institution are placed in the equivalent courses at the University.

    6. The University policy for English proficiency for international students follows the University System of Georgia requirements.

      1. http://ung.edu/undergraduate-admissions/international-student.php
      2. http://www.usg.edu/academic_affairs_handbook/section3/C660
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    Procedures

    Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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