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English as a Second Language program receives accreditation

March 23, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The English as a Second Language/Intensive English Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been accredited and approved for membership in the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

The ESL program helps non-native English speakers develop effective oral and written communication skills, which are essential to successful integration of international students into academic course work and campus life.

The ESL/IEP is housed in the department of foreign languages and administered collaboratively through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for International Education. Beth Kozbial Ernst, former ESL coordinator, submitted a program self-study that was reviewed and approved by the AAIEP board of directors. The ESL/IEP is offered fall and spring semesters and for four weeks in the summer.

The ESL/IEP offers three levels of eight-credit integrated skills courses that focus on academic language and incorporate reading, writing, listening and speaking. Content-based electives that teach English language through academic content also are offered. The program provides personal attention, qualified and experienced instructors, state-of-the-art classrooms, materials, computerized language labs and other educational resources.

"This accreditation attests to the quality of our program and will help recruit and retain outstanding international students to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire," said Julie Adler, ESL/IEP senior lecturer.

The spring and fall programs will consist of 16 weeks of instruction, 20 hours of classroom instruction per week, dormitory-style housing on campus and a full meal plan.

The summer program will consist of four weeks of instruction, 20 hours of classroom instruction per week, air-conditioned apartment-style housing on campus, textbook and materials, and cultural excursions and activities.

All three sessions provide access to on-campus computers, the library, health services and recreation services as well as accident and sickness insurance for F and J visa holders.

For more information about program dates and deadlines, visit the ESL website.

For general information about the program, contact Julie Adler at 715-836-4348 or adlerjd@uwec.edu.

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