English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Concord University have three main goals: (1) prepare students for academic success in mainstream univeristy classes; (2) practice and pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam to meet university language requirements; and (3) help students to transition to univeristy and life in America & West Virginia.
English as a second language classes at Concord are student-centered. This means that students are active and participate in classes. Classes give attention to grammar, but perfect grammar or grammatical accuracy is not required for meaningful communication in class. We believe speaking and producing language pushes students to learn faster. That is why we promote a classroom atmosphere of tolerance, solidarity, and support. Students feel safe to attempt communication without fear of being judged for making mistakes. Mistakes are an important part of learning a language, if we learn from them.
In short, we offer courses to prepare students to meet the university language requirements by passing the TOEFL ITP (Academic Listening & Speaking; Academic Reading & Writing; and TOEFL ITP Preparation). We offer courses focused on producing more fluent spoken language (Speaking Fluency Development) and we offer a course to assist in the adaptation of international students to life in the USA, West Virginia and at Concord (Advanced Cultural Awareness). In an effort to assist international students in their first semesters at Concord, the ESL Pathways Program offers bridge courses to give additional support to international students enrolled in mainstream classes.