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UW - Eau Claire's English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are for learners who want to improve their academic English to enroll in a degree program either at UW - Eau Claire or other U.S. academic institutions.

Students in the IEP take 4-5 classes each semester, all at one of the ESL levels (either the 200 or 300 level). If students are conditionally admitted to UW-EC, they will be admitted to UW-EC upon completion of the 300 level of the program. See

Classes average less than 15 learners, so learners receive the personal attention they need for maximum progress in learning English.

Learners in the ESL program will learn to use the language, not just study about the language. Language skills are interwoven, so that listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation are part of every course. 


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