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Welcome to ESL at Capital
Welcome to the Capital University ESL Program website. We are pleased that you are considering Capital as a place to improve your English language skills, learn more about American culture, and experience university life on a small and friendly campus in the center of the U.S. Capital’s ESL Program has been helping students from all over the world master English since 1992. Our mission is to prepare you to meet the English requirements for admission to a U.S. university or to advance your international communication and business interests. If you have questions as you read the information that follows, please email me. Louis W (Bill) HolschuhDirector, ESL Programlholschuh@capital.edu
ESL Program Overview
Overview: The ESL Program provides intensive instruction English, with a focus on using English for academic or professional purposes. Most students in the program plan to begin undergraduate or graduate study in an American college or university after they complete their English program. Some students are admitted to Capital for ESL only, while others are admitted conditionally to an undergraduate academic program at Capital but need to complete English study before they can begin their academic coursework.
Instructors: Your instructors are experienced and qualified teachers of English language. Most have been teaching for more than 10 years and many have taught English in other countries. All ESL faculty hold master’s degrees or higher in teaching English as a second language or a related field.
ESL Calendar: The ESL Program at Capital operates on the semester system. The fall and spring semesters are each 16 weeks. Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday, for five hours each day (25 hours each week). The summer semester is 12 weeks long, also with five hours of class each day. Course are offered at four proficiency levels: elementary, intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced.
Previous English Study: You should have previous study of English before you come to Capital, at least two years in high school (secondary school) or a full year in university within the past five years. Students in Level 1 (Elementary) must be able to speak, understand, write, and read simple English sentences before coming to Capital. If you are not able to do this, you will be advised to find another program in which you can be successful. Please contact the ESL director if you have questions or concerns.
See the ESL Student Handbook (PDF) for more detailed information.
CurriculumNew students take the English Placement Test (EPT) and write a sample composition before they begin classes. The results of these tests and an oral interview determine which level in the program is the best placement.
The ESL curriculum is divided into four levels: Elementary, Intermediate, High-intermediate, and Advanced. Each level lasts one semester (16 weeks; 12 weeks in the summer). At each level, students attend daily classes in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, Grammar, and Special Topics. Classes meet five hours each day Monday through Friday, for a total of 25 hours of class each week. In the summer, because the semester is only 12 weeks, classes meet an additional hour each day but without Special Topics, for a total of 25 hours each week.
Occasionally, based on student need, a Basic Level (pre-Elementary) is offered. Details descriptions of all ESL classes can be found in the ESL Student Handbook.
You can apply to study in the ESL Program only, or you can apply for conditional admission. Conditional admission means that you have been accepted to study in a Capital undergraduate academic program, but must first study English for one semester or more before you can begin.
There is a $25 application fee for Capital University; in addition, there is a fee for sending your I-20 overseas by express service.
Application deadlines: If you are applying from overseas, it is important to apply early. For full consideration, it is best to apply by the following dates:
If you are applying from within the U.S., we should receive your application at least one month before the beginning of classes.To apply for admission, go to International Student Application Process.
Tuition and fees
If you wish to study on an F-1 (Student) visa, you must be enrolled full time. If you have a different immigration status, it is possible to study part time. However, please note that all classes meet five days a week, Monday – Friday.
Tuition for the full-time program (25 hours/week) is $6,384 each semester in fall and spring. Tuition for an individual 5-credit course is $1,330. A full-time student takes 5 courses each semester fall and springIn the summer, because the semester is shorter, students take 4 courses. Tuition for the full-time summer semester is $5,320.If you wish to study on an F-1 (Student) visa, you must be enrolled full time. If you have a different immigration status, it is possible to study part time. However, please note that all classes meet five days a week, Monday – Friday.Students who need an I-20 must submit financial documentation for the length of their study. For example, students planning to study ESL for one semester need to show $12,661. Students planning to study a full academic year one year need to show $25,332:
After You're Admitted
Congratulations on your acceptance! Once you are accepted to study in the ESL Program, there are a number things you need to be aware of. To help you prepare to attend Capital University, we will send you the Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students. It will tell you what to expect and how to prepare before you leave home.
For more information, visit Office of International Education (link to www.capital.edu/intenational/oie). And read the information that follows about the steps you now need to take before joining us at Capital.
When your application has been approved, you will receive an email message from the Admissions Office asking how we should send your I-20 to you. Please reply to the email immediately. Choose one of the following options:1. Express mail ($40-$100, depending upon your country):