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ECU Language Academy

ESL Classes


There are five levels of classes that start at high beginner and lead to the advanced level. Subjects taught include focus on the primary skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for academic, professional and social purposes. Classes meet five days a week from Monday to Friday in two-hour blocks and cover the following areas:
  • ESL 0096 Oral Comprehension (7 hours per week, includes lectures and films)
  • ESL 0097 Oral Communication (7 hours per week, includes lab)
  • ESL 0098 Reading and Vocabulary (4 hours per week)
  • ESL 0099 Grammar and Writing (6 hours per week)
In order to provide the best learning environment for all students, ECULA classes begin and end on time, and there will be no departure from the established schedule, except due to classroom scheduling. All examinations will be held during the last regular meeting of the class.
Daily ESL Class Schedule


Morning Activities

Afternoon Activities

 Monday   Grammar/Writing   Oral Communication
 Tuesday   Reading/Vocabulary   Oral Comprehension
 Wednesday    Grammar/Writing   Oral communication
 Thursday   Reading/Vocabulary   Oral Communication
 Friday   Grammar/Writing   Oral Comprehension
Additional Required Activities




 Monday   Articulation and Pronunciation Laboratory
  2-3 pm
 Tuesday   Film Series
  2-4 pm
 Wednesday    Faculty Guest Lecture
  2-3 pm
Additional Optional Activities




 Thursday  Conversation group
  11-12 pm
   Peer Tutoring
  2-4 pm

ESL Class Terms

The ESL program has three entry points per year and follows the academic calendar of East Carolina University. Fall and spring semester programs are sixteen weeks long and offer twenty hours of instruction per week. The ten-week summer session will comprise thirty hours of instruction per week.
Class Term Dates
Application Deadlines
Spring 2014: January 14 - May 3
Students in US: January 4

Students outside US: December 14

 Summer 2014:   May 19-July 26
Students in US: May 9

Students outside US: April 19

Fall 2014: August 26-December 11
Students in US: August 16

Students outside US: July 26

Spring 2015: January 12-April 30
Students in US: January 2

Students outside US: December 12

Students are recommended to apply as early as possible, because obtaining a US visa may take longer than anticipated. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on space availability.
Applicants can apply for conditional admission to ECU contingent upon successful completion of the Language Academy. Simultaneous application to both the ECULA and ECU is encouraged.