Undergraduate Programs


You pore over the brochure, eyes widening at the range of undergraduate programs offered in English as a Second Language (ESL). As you navigate the complex landscape of higher education, you realize that these programs are crafted to meet your unique needs. Whether it's an intensive language immersion experience, a combination of language studies with cultural exploration, or a focus on academic English to prepare you for university studies, there is something that speaks to you. You recognize that the faculty are not only experts in their field but are also committed to supporting students like you in mastering English. Resources like language labs, one-on-one tutoring, and specialized workshops are at your fingertips. The programs are designed to not just teach you English but to empower you, opening doors to further education and professional opportunities. The decision ahead of you is exciting, filled with promise and potential.

UESL offers a program focusing on English language and academic skills for students who are already at an intermediate level* or above and who are ready to take their English to a higher level.

* In order to successfully participate in UESL courses, students should have at least an intermediate level of English. We recommend a minimum TOEIC of 500, TOEFL iBT 52, Duolingo 80, or equivalent

The UESL program includes 20 class hours per week. Classes focus on development of language and academic skills, along with promotion of cultural awareness. In addition to the many opportunities for using English offered by immersion in an English-speaking environment, students will develop their communication skills through interactions with CWU student classroom volunteers and during a weekly Conversation Corner activity with American and other international students.

Note: All students attending CWU are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19

Projected UESL Quarterly Curriculum through Summer 2023

Winter Quarter, 2023/Summer Quarter, 2023

  • ESL90C – Advanced Oral Communication
  • ESL90R – Advanced Reading Skills
  • ESL90W – Advanced Writing Skills
  • Students will also take an elective course (one or more of the following will be offered, depending on total enrollment):
    • ESL90A – Academic Skills
    • ESL90T – Test Preparation (advanced language study for TOEIC/TOEFL)

Spring Quarter, 2023/Fall Quarter 2023

  • ESL70C – Oral Communication Skills 3
  • ESL80C – Oral Communication  Skills 4
  • ESL90C – Oral Communication Skills 5*
  • ESL70R – Reading Skills and Vocabulary 3
  • ESL80R – Reading Skills and Vocabulary 4
  • ESL90R – Reading Skills and Vocabulary 5*
  • ESL70W – Writing Skills 3
  • ESL80W – Writing Skills 4
  • ESL90W – Writing Skills 5*
  • Students will also take an elective course (two or three of the following will be offered, depending on total enrollment):
    • ESL70G – Grammar 3
    • ESL80G – Grammar 4
    • ESL90A – Academic Skills
    • ESL90T – Test Preparation (advanced language study for TOEIC/TOEFL)
* Depending on enrollment, level 5 skills courses may be combined with level 4, with level 5 students being challenged to perform at a higher level

Summer Quarter, 2023

  • ESL80C – Oral Communication  Skills 4
  • ESL90C – Oral Communication Skills 5
  • ESL80R – Reading Skills and Vocabulary 4
  • ESL90R – Reading Skills and Vocabulary 5
  • ESL80W – Writing Skills 4
  • ESL90W – Writing Skills 5
  • Students will also take an elective course (two or three of the following will be offered, depending on total enrollment):
    • ESL80G – Grammar 4
    • ESL90A – Academic Skills
    • ESL90T – Test Preparation (advanced language study for TOEIC/TOEFL)

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