"I do have a lot of wonderful memories of CWU, where my American life all started. The quality of the ESL program was (I am very sure it is now also)very high and I consider myself very fortunate to learn English in a such a nice environment, with excellent teachers and classmates. If anybody asked me where to learn English, I would definitely recommend CWU."
Our program has five levels. Most students enter our program at Level 2 or higher. Sometimes Level 1 has a very small number of students . In that case, we may make a special schedule for Level 1 students. Level 5 is our highest level.
You will have opportunities to develop your reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar skills in each course and at each level. Teachers often take students on field trips or create out-of-the class opportunities and assignments.
There are four kinds of classes. For Levels 1-4, we have an Oral Communication class that teaches listening and speaking skills, a Block class which focuses on reading, writing and grammar skills, and an elective class. The elective classes may include TOEFL Preparation, TOEIC Preparation, English through Movies or TV, Film-making, Vocabulary/idioms, Speaking Workshop, Business Communication, and Living in the USA.
For Level Five, we offer the visitation class in place of oral communication. In this class you attend an undergraduate CWU class as a visitor and you meet once a week with one of the UESL Program's teachers to discuss what you are learning. This helps you prepare for entering an undergraduate program at an American university.
Examples of Class Schedules students take:
- Level 2 Oral Communication 2, Block 2, and Living in the USA , Speaking Workshop
- Level 3 Oral Communication 3, Block 3, and an elective class
- Level 4 Oral Communication 4, Block 4, and an elective class
- Level 5 Block 5, an elective class, and a visitation class
Follow this link to see samples of student work from different classes in UESL Program.
You will take a test after you arrive at CWU. This test helps us decide what level in our program is best for you. If necessary, you can be placed in different levels for your Oral Communication class and your Block class.
You can view some samples of our Student Writing here:
Advice to New Students by Jason, Taiwan
Advice for New UESL Students by Emika Takida, Japan
Advice for New ESL Students by Andy, China
Advice to Students with Families by Sahar Al-Shehri, Saudi Arabia
A Letter for a New Student by Sean, Taiwan
Do You Want to Study Abroad? by Norah Alzahrani, Saudi Arabia
Ellensburg is safe and peaceful by Natalie, China
Essay about Ellensburg by Bader Alanazi, Saudi Arabia
Everyone Can Succeed if We Study in the CWU ESL Program by Jungyung Jang, Korea
How You Can Find a Good ESL Program by Ahmed Alzahrani, Saudi Arabia
Imagine by Huijin, Korea
Jin's Essay by Mijin, Korea
Max's Essay by Max, Taiwan
Reasons to study in Ellensburg by Rick, Taiwan
Reasons to study English in Ellensburg by Hochul, Korea
Reasons to study English in Ellensburg by Kasumi, Japan
Reasons to Study English in Ellensburg by Miku Okubo, Japan
The Best Advantage by Hassan Bujayli, Saudi Arabia
To study in Ellensburg by Hsia-Chih, Taiwan
Why People Study English in Ellensburg by Rian Takamoto, Japan
Why Should People Study English in Ellensburg? by Asako Tanaka, Japan