Since 1985, Towson University’s English Language Center (ELC) has offered state-of-the
art academic language instruction to students representing more than 80 countries.
New students will be assessed and placed into one of six levels designed to develop
skills for academic success.
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Levels of Proficiency
1 & 2
|Students with beginner level English will build a strong foundation to succeed in|
the next levels.
|LEVEL 3 -5 PRE-UNDERGRADUATE|
English for Academic Purposes courses
|Students must complete level 3, 4, and 5 with a grade of B or higher in each course.|
Successful completion of level 5 meets the English language proficiency requirement
|GRAD 1 (LEVEL 6) AND GRAD 2 (LEVEL 7)|
Pre-graduate English for Academic Purposes courses
|Students must complete Grad 1 and Grad 2 with a grade of B or higher in each course.|
Successful completion of Grad 2 meets the English language proficiency requirement
*NOTE: Each Level is approximately equal to one 16-week semester, or 10-week sessions
over the summer. Classes run Monday-Thursday (fall and spring) and Monday – Friday
- Fall: July 15
- Spring: December 15
- Summer: April 15
WHY STUDY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER?
Integrated Core Skills Classes
- reading/vocabulary (R/V) + writing/grammar (R/G), and listening/vocabulary (L/V) +
- research writing and graduate communication skills for level 5 and 6
Small Class Sizes
- averaging only 12-15 students
- opportunities to speak, work in small groups, and apply skills in real-life language
Conversation Partner Program
- offers practice with native English speakers.
Towson ELC Collaborate
- creates opportunities to develop intercultural communication skills.
- highly qualified experienced teachers make learning English exciting, challenging,
Schedule: Levels 1 through 5
|WEEK DAY||9 – 11:15 a.M.||11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.||1 – 3:15 P.M.|
- L/V + S/G = listening / vocabulary and speaking / grammar
- R/V + W/G = reading / vocabulary and writing / grammar
Levels 1-5 are designed to prepare students to reach English language proficiency
levels to be successful in undergraduate study at a US university. Towson University’s
“Conditional Admission” program allows students to complete Level 5 instead of submitting
an English Language proficiency test.
Full-time F-1 students must take two blocks of core integrated classes per semester
for a minimum of 18 hours of instruction per week.
Schedule: Levels Grad 1 (Level 6) & Grad 2 (Level 7)
|DAY||9 – 11:15 A.M.||11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.||1 – 3:15 P.M.|
|Monday||L/S/G + graduate communication skills||Lunch||R/W/G + Research writing|
|Tuesday||L/S/G + graduate communication skills||Lunch||R/W/G + Research writing|
|Wednesday||L/S/G + graduate communication skills||ELC collaborate||R/W/G + Research writing|
|Thursday||L/S/G + graduate communication skills||Lunch||R/W/G + Research writing|
- L/S/G = listening / speaking / grammar
- R/W/G = reading / writing / grammar
Grad 1 and Grad 2 are designed to prepare students to reach English language proficiency
levels to be successful in graduate study at a US university. Towson University’s
“Provisional Admission” program allows students to complete Grad Level 2 instead of
submitting an English Language proficiency test.
Full-time F-1 students must take two blocks of core integrated classes plus complete
an Independent Research Capstone Project on a topic relevant to their academic program
of choice. Minimum number of content hours will be 18.
|TERM, YEAR||ORIENTATION & PLACEMENT TESTING||FIRST AND LAST DAY OF CLASS||ADD/DROP|
|Fall 2021*||Aug 24 – 27||Aug 30 – Dec 10||Sept 3|
|Spring 2022**||Jan 24 – 27||Jan 31 – May 19||Feb 4|
Add/drop date is the LAST day a student on an F 1 Visa can begin classes at the ELC. Students will
be marked absent for days missed from the class start date. Students on F-1 visas must maintain 80% attendance throughout each semester. Therefore, do your best to avoid
a late start date. Students will need to have a valid excuse for beginning the semester
after the official start date.
Holidays (No class)
- Fall 2021: Labor Day Monday, September 6, Thanksgiving November 24-28