English Language Program

ELP Application 2016 -17

English Language Program: University Readiness

The English Language Program (ELP) is a non-credit intensive English program for international students. ELP courses are designed to prepare students for academic study at the university. In addition, the course prepares students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required for admission.

Note the following:

  1. ELP is a 1-year program. However, students passing the TOEFL exam at the end of the first semester (or the end of each session) may move into their program of study at the university provided they meet all the other admission requirements. Students have the option of taking an additional semester of ELP, if necessary.
  2. ELP is a 14-week program for Fall and Spring semesters.
  3. The cost of ELP is $4,400 for an entire semester.*
  4. Students enrolled in ELP are not allowed to enroll in university courses, unless prior
    approval is granted.
  5. TOEFL exams taken during ELP are "€œinstitutional"€ only
    (the scores are only accepted for admission purposes at Stanislaus State). These
    scores cannot be used for admission to other colleges and universities.

Course Breakdown

  Fall Session I Fall Session II Spring Session I Spring Session II Summer Session
Weeks of Instruction 9 9 9 9 9
Hours of Instruction per Week 20 20 20 20 20
Lab Hours per Week 2 2 2 2 2
Total Hours per Week 20 20 20 20 20
Total Hours to Complete 180 180 180 180 180

Three Course Components

The following is an outline of each part, containing specific area objectives and classroom activities in which this course will develop the objective skills in each area.

Part 1 - Listening and Comprehension


  • Understand the main point or purpose and supporting points and details of a conversation, discussion, or lecture
  • Recognize a speaker's attitude, tone, degree of certainty, meaning, and motivation
  • Make connections between pieces of information
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions based on information given

Classroom Activities to Develop Listening and Comprehension Skills

  • Lectures
  • Class /group discussions
  • Group activities, assignments, and projects
  • Cooperative learning groups
  • Activities that involve listening to music and watching television
  • Writer's Workshop assignments
    One-on-one / group tutoring sessions
  • TOEFL Practice Tests and assessment

Part 2 - Structure and Written Expression


  • Recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English
  • Identify and correct errors in written English

Classroom Activities to Develop Understanding of Structure and Written Expression

  • Journal writing
  • Essay assignments
  • Writer's Workshop lessons and assignments
  • Computer Lab/internet research activities
  • Group/individual presentations Activities that address a variety of writing topics that range in scope from essay/paragraph development to grammar issues
  • TOEFL Practice Tests and assessments

Part 3 - Reading and Vocabulary


  • Understand the main idea, purpose, key points, and important details of a reading passage
  • Recognize a speaker's/author's intent, style, and tone
  • Synthesize and paraphrase information

Classroom Activities to Develop Reading and Vocabulary Skills

  • In-class and outside reading assignments
  • Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)
  • Vocabulary and grammar activities
  • Internet / research activities
  • Writer's Workshop assignments
  • TOEFL Practice Tests and assessments

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation is essential for success within the University system. Students will be held responsible for attendance at all classes. If they must miss class due to extenuating circumstances, they need to take the responsibility of alerting the instructor by email (the sooner, the better) and make up any assignments that were missed. More than 5 absences (20 hours) will warrant a failure of the program.


The grading for this class is PASS, SP (Satisfactory Progress), or FAIL. This class does not receive any University credit, although those who successfully pass the class will receive a Certificate of Completion.

In order to pass the course, students must meet all requirements and demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. A portfolio of individual student work will be submitted at the end of the course, which will be reviewed by independent readers, to determine student progress. Proficiency will mainly be calculated using the final TOEFL score earned at the end of the semester. The portfolio and the TOEFL score together will determine whether students have demonstrated sufficient progress and if they pass the course.

*All prices are subject to change without notice.

Note: Admission to ELP does not ensure admission to California State University, Stanislaus.