• English as a Second Language

    English as a Second Language Bridge Program

    The English as a Second Language (ESL) Bridge Program seeks to engage and support international students by strengthening English proficiency to promote integration into the regular curriculum.

    Students whose native language is not English, regardless of having met or exceeded the minimum TOEFL requirement for admission, must complete the CaMLA English Placement Test (EPT) and writing sample to determine if they will enroll in the ESL bridge program. Please see scores and corresponding course placement below:

    • 60 High Intermediate Level ENSL courses required -- ENSL 095/ENSL 097
    • 60-69 Advanced Level ENSL courses required – ENSL 096/ENSL 098
    • 70+ ENSL requirement waived

    Completion of the ENSL program includes the following:

    • ENSL 095 – High Intermediate English with a grade of “C” or higher unless a student tested out of this course with a CaMLA EPT score of 60 or above
    • ENSL 097 – High Intermediate English Conversation with a grade of “C” or higher unless a student tested out of this course with a CaMLA EPT score of 60 or above
    • ENSL 096 – Advanced English with a grade of “C” or higher unless a student tested out of this course with a CaMLA EPT score of 70 or above
    • ENSL 098 – Advanced Academic Reading and Writing with a grade of “C” or higher unless a student tested out of this course with a CaMLA EPT score of 70 or above

    ENSL 095 and ENSL 097 are to be taken concurrently, as are ENSL 096 and ENSL 098. ENSL students may repeat each course once before being referred to an outside intensive English program. Students who score higher than 70 on the placement test but desire ESL instruction may opt to enroll in ENSL 096 and ENSL 098.

    If a student makes normal progress, the bridge program should take an intermediate-level student two semesters to complete, and should take an advanced-level student one semester to complete. Students are allowed and encouraged to take coursework related to their program of study concurrently with ENSL courses.