Iowa Wesleyan University’s English As A Second Language (ESL) Program helps international students with a lower English proficiency obtain conditional admission.  We provide students with the essential language, cultural, and academic skills for university-level success! Upon completion of our program, students obtain admission to Iowa Wesleyan University.

For further information about any aspect of the program, please contact the Program Director, Mr. David Schmitz, david.schmitz@iw.edu or (319) 385-6455.

Placement in the Program

Upon entering the program, students will take a series of placement tests to determine appropriate class level placement. This includes the CaMLA, a speaking test, and a writing exam.

The program has four levels of proficiency:

  • Foundations
  • Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Each level requires 16 weeks (one semester) of study to complete.  Every level has the following classes:

  • Listening/Speaking
  • Grammar
  • Reading/Vocabulary
  • Writing

All enrolled students are expected to show progress towards achieving a high level of academic English. To advance to the next proficiency level or complete the program, students must earn at least a “C” letter grade in each course AND attend at least 75% of their classes.

Once students are enrolled in the ESL Program, they must successfully complete the program to gain admission to Iowa Wesleyan University. They MAY NOT gain admission through achieving a required standardized English proficiency test score.

Weekly Class Schedule

Students receive twenty hours of classroom instruction per week delivered by caring faculty with cutting-edge curriculum.

Monday-Thursday: Friday:
9:00-9:50 am Listening/Speaking Scheduled Program Events
10:00-10:50 am Listening/Speaking
11:00-11:50 am Grammar
LUNCH
1:00-1:50 pm Reading/Vocabulary
2:00-2:50 pm Writing

Every Friday students participate in specially planned social/cultural events and activities. Learn more here.

Social-Cultural Events

Learning does not happen only in the classroom at Iowa Wesleyan University! Students also improve their English abilities by participating in weekly academic and social-cultural events on campus and in the local community.

This includes field trips, university class observations, various cultural events, community conversation hour, and tutoring sessions. These activities are related to classroom instruction and help students learn more about American culture.