Program Details


ESL Program courses help you develop the English skills you need for the university classroom and the professional workplace. Our classes also highlight the practical English you need for everyday situations. Instruction is interactive, encouraging you to practice English through a variety of activities. Your courses focus on academic reading and writing as well as listening, speaking, pronunciation and grammar.


ESL Program instructors are experienced ESL teachers trained in ESL teaching methods who hold degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), linguistics or a related field. Your instructors speak numerous languages besides English and have experience traveling & living abroad.

Program Facilities

Classes are held on the UWSP campus in university classrooms. ESL Program students may use all UWSP facilities including the university library and campus computing centers.

Length of Study

The UWSP ESL Program offers five instructional sessions each year. Each session (fall 1, fall 2, spring 1, spring 2, and summer) is 8 weeks long. The ESL Program offers four levels of instruction: elementary, intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced.

Hours of Study

ESL Program students take a variety of courses totaling 20 hours of instruction per week. Stevie Pointer and student.jpg

Placement Procedures

During the ESL Program Orientation you will take the English Placement Examination. This test has three parts:
  • Listening
  • Reading/Grammar/Vocabulary
  • Written Essay
Your scores on the three parts of this examination provide a profile that determines your initial level of placement in the program. You will take a similar test at the end of each eight-week session to assess your progress. The ESL Program does not use TOEFL scores for initial placement purposes.