ESL Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs consist of two different programs with different requirements:

ESL Writing Program

Frequently Asked Questions:

Undergraduate and graduate international IF:

Your first language is NOT English

You are seeking a degree at LSU**

You are an exchange student***

You will take a standardized test (the Michigan test) in order to be exempted from written English classes or to be placed into English courses. The Michigan test involves both an objective and a written portion. You will take this test promptly following International Student Orientation. See the International Services Office for details on international student orientation and other important information for first-time international LSU students.

**Graduate students with degrees from American universities in the United States do NOT need to take the Michigan test or our ESL composition classes. Please bring a copy of your transcript to the International Student Orientation.

**Undergraduate students who attended for 4 years (and graduated from) an American high school in the United States do NOT need to take the Michigan test or our ESL composition classes

***Exchange students are NOT required to take our ESL classes, but if they wish to enroll, THEY MUST take the Michigan test to ensure proper placement into appropriate courses.

ENGL 1004 and ENGL 1005 are required General Education courses (equivalent to ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000 for native speaker students).

Course Descriptions:

ENGL 1000 English for Academic Success(3 credit hours): Introduction to elements of academic writing, grammar, and style. For international students admitted to LSU despite low language proficiency and whose diagnostic test results indicate the need for intensive work in college composition. Not for degree credit. Required during the first semester of residence for all such qualified international students

ENGL 1004 English Composition (3 credit hours) Prereq.: ENGL 1000 or placement by department. For international students. Same as ENGL 1000/1001, with emphasis on usage and idiom problems specific to international students. Required during the first semester of residence for all international students (graduate, undergraduate, and transfer students) who demonstrate on the placement examination need for work in English, but not at the intensive level of English 0004. Graduate students graded pass-no credit.

ENGL 1005 English Composition (3 credit hours) Prereq.: ENGL 1004 or placement by department. For international students. Same as ENGL 2000, with continued work on problems specific to international students. Graduate students graded pass-no credit.

GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING COMPETENCY:
LSU graduates will conduct research-based inquiry, including articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original discourse.

ENGL 1000 Course Goals:
Learn to recognize genre
Learn to write to a specific audience about other writings, including paraphrase, summary, and synthesis
Learn to read critically and self-edit one’s own grammar and style
Produce writing characterized by organization, unity, specific support, appropriate word choice, standard usage, and correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics
Collaborate with peers to create papers and improve writing
Learn to gather and use credible sources to inform an argument

ENGL 1004 COURSE GOALS:
Learn to position oneself as a writer and researcher within an academic community
Learn to read critically and analyze other writers’ work
Produce college-level essays characterized by organization, unity, specific support, appropriate word choice, standard usage, and correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics
Collaborate with peers to create papers and improve writing
Learn to revise and edit

ENGL 1005 COURSE GOALS:
Develop advanced grammar, diction, usage, and idiom skills.
Learn to position oneself as a writer and researcher within an academic community
Learn to read critically and summarize academic writing
Learn to argue effectively and properly document sources in a research paper.

Graduate Students must earn at least an 80% B in both ENGL 1004 and ENGL 1005 to pass (they receive a “P,” not a letter grade).  Failing a course does not impact the graduate student’s GPA. 

Undergraduate students earn letter grades and their GPA is affected by their grades in the courses.

English composition courses are vital for students’ academic and professional growth.
All LSU graduates must meet General Education requirements, and academic writing courses are integral to those requirements.
Our focus in ESL composition courses is improving international students’ grammar, research, and writing skills.

The ESL office is located in Allen Hall, 260-J
Our coordinator is Dr. Tracy Wories
The email address is tfont11@lsu.eduk
The office phone is 225-578-3041

Albert Camp received a BA in Applied Linguistics in 2006, a MA in French Linguistics in 2010, and a PhD in French Linguistics in 2015. His dissertation, L'essentiel ou Lagniappe: The Ideology of French Revitalization in Louisiana, focused on efforts to revitalize French in Louisiana through Louisiana's public school systems. His academic interests include many areas of Phonetics, Phonology, and Sociolinguistics (particularly: language change, language contact, language shift, language revitalization, and language acquisition).
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Tracy LeBlanc-Wories has earned a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology. Her PhD is in linguistics, where she researched and published about the phenomenon of online community building through the use of culture-specific discourse. She has taught a variety of courses at LSU since 2005, including introduction to cultural and physical anthropology, language and culture, discourse, introduction to linguistics, women's and gender studies, and English composition for international students. Her passions include food, language and culture, music, and teaching. She is currently the coordinator of the ESL Writing Program.

ESL Spoken English Program for International Graduate Assistants

Frequently Asked Questions:

To comply with Louisiana state mandate, the Graduate School requires oral proficiency evaluation and certification of international graduate students* on TA2 or TA3 assistantships.

*Includes those from all countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Puerto Rico, Viet Nam, etc., as well as naturalized citizens, U.S. residents, and those whose first language is not English.  

A 30-minute, one-on-one, oral interview by Spoken English Program faculty will determine possible exemption from or placement in English 1051, the spoken English course.


Oral interviews take place on site and in person before each semester begins.  [See the International Services Office website for important information directed to first-time LSU international students].

The 30-minute Oral Interview offers possible exemption from/placement in English 1051. No other test is accepted.

*Students should first consult their departments and/or terms of their offers of assistantship for specific information regarding type of assistantship and any departmental oral proficiency requirement.   

Graduate students offered teaching assistantships (TA2 and TA3) must take the Oral Interview to have their spoken English comprehensibility evaluated and certified before they can assist with or teach a class or laboratory.  
Graduate assistants on any kind of assistantship (TA1, TA2, TA3, RA, and SA) from some specific colleges at LSU must also take the Oral Interview.   For example, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences requires oral proficiency evaluation of international graduate students on any kind assistantship (TA1, TA2, TA3, RA, and SA).  
Graduate students whose departments ask for or require evaluation of their spoken English and/or listening comprehension should ask for the Oral Interview.   For example, the Department of Mathematics also requires oral proficiency evaluation of all its international graduate students.

Those assistants with U.S. degrees still must take the Oral Interview.

Those with prior experience as teaching assistants must still take the Oral Interview.

English 1051, the spoken English course, is a three-credit hour course graded Pass/No Credit (P/NC).  It does not affect a student’s grade point average (GPA), but it does count toward the course hours required for full-time student status.  English 1051 may be repeated for credit if necessary.

English 1051 Course Description:
The goals of English 1051 are to develop and improve general spoken English skills (pronunciation, stress, intonation, and rhythm), overall comprehensibility, and interaction skills by having students make needs assessments and participate in various tasks and activities designed to develop useful communication strategies.  Goals also include students’ learning how to help undergraduate students develop critical thinking skills by posing high-level thinking questions based on their technical presentations and getting the undergraduates to interact while answering questions.

A major component of the course is three videotaped oral presentations which require explaining, defining, or describing technical terms, concepts, principles, or processes from students’ fields of study, as well as interacting with an undergraduate audience by asking and answering high-level thinking questions based on the content of the technical presentations.  

Equally important to speaking ability are overall listening comprehension and ability to interact verbally in a clear, comprehensible, and effective manner both during the technical presentation and in spontaneous situations, for example, when asking and answering questions.

Graduate students on TA2 or TA3 assistantships whose oral interview results place them in the course must enroll the first semester of their teaching assistantship, as do any other students whose colleges or departments request/require their enrollment.

Elin Epperson is Coordinator of the Spoken English for International Graduate Assistants
Email: eeppers@lsu.edu
Office: 4 Allen Hall
Telephone: 225-578-2822