English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program at UAA focuses on academic and professional English as a Second Language. We provide quality English language instruction to support students in achieving their professional, academic and civic goals. Our courses are designed to strengthen our students' usage of Standard American English and to build our students' confidence in their English abilities. Our students range from just arrived international students to long-time Alaskans. We welcome any student who is interested in improving their English language skills.

Students who are interested in taking ESL courses must be admitted to UAA. Visit the admissions webpage for more information on how to apply for admission. 

In order to determine what ESL courses to sign up for, students should take the ACCUPLACER placement test at Advising and Testing in the University Center. Once the test is complete, students should speak to an advisor to further discuss course options.

Are you an international student? 

Visit the International Student Services website for more information on what you need to take classes at UAA! The International Student Advisor is David Racki. Contact David at (907) 786-1573 or djracki@uaa.alaska.edu.

Need help with your homework? 

Take advantage of the Reading/Writing Center in the Learning Resource Center! The center is staffed with tutors, including an ESL tutor, available to sit down one-on-one with students.

 

English as a Second Language Course Descriptions

CPDS offers 100-level Intermediate (level I) and Advanced (level II) ESL courses:

ESL 104 College Reading & Writing I

For intermediate to advanced students. Extensive practice in reading and composition strategies for academic and career settings. Emphasis on alternatives to translation. Includes special practice in grammar.

ESL 108 College Reading & Writing II

For advanced students. Further practice in reading and composition strategies for academic and career settings. Emphasis on the use of on-campus resources for self-improvement. Includes additional practice in grammar.

ESL 105 Vocabulary Enhancement I

For intermediate to advanced students. Extensive practice in different methods of acquiring a larger, more precise vocabulary. Emphasis on using context clues and choosing words to match the occasion/audience. Includes special instruction in idioms used by adults.

ESL 109 Vocabulary Enhancement II

For advanced students. Further practice in different methods of acquiring a larger, more precise vocabulary. Emphasis on applying knowledge of word parts from Latin and Greek. Includes special instruction in academic vocabulary.

ESL 106 College Grammar I

Presents elements of English grammar for improving comprehension and accuracy. Provides focused instruction in intermediate grammar of Standard American English for academic and professional settings. Includes practice in editing. Designed for ESL students only.

ESL 110 College Grammar II

Examines elements of English grammar for improving comprehension and accuracy. Provides focused instruction in high-intermediate and advanced grammar of Standard American English for academic and professional settings. Includes practice in editing. Designed for ESL students only.

ESL 103 Oral Fluency I

For intermediate to advanced students. Instruction in pronunciation, listening comprehension and speaking strategies for academic and career settings. Emphasis on self-monitoring. Includes special practice in group discussion techniques.

ESL 107 Oral Fluency II

For advanced students. Further instruction in pronunciation, listening comprehension and speaking strategies for academic and career settings. Emphasis on self-correction. Includes special practice in formal presentation techniques.