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A NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO EDUCATIONAL, LINGUISTIC, AND CULTURAL TOPICS MAY 2016

Welcome Bienvenue

International students who are accepted to Wilmington University attend a one day orientation ses-
sion.

They receive a welcome guide full of practical information and advice to help them adapt to life in
the United States and to their studies at Wilmington University (http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/
international/international-student-handbook.pdf).

They learn from International Admissions staff and guest speakers about various offices and services
available at the university. Students also receive information via a handout and presentation on the
topic of academic integrity and plagiarism. During the day, they complete paperwork, register for
courses, and obtain their ID card.

Placement into ESL

The Test of English as a For- (IELTS) is a test developed Like the TOEFL, the IELTS
eign Language (TOEFL) is an by the British Council and is assesses and produces scores
exam from the Educational more commonly used by for reading, writing, listening,
Testing Service (ETS) that Australian, British, and Cana- and speaking in English, as well
measures students listening, dian institutions, although as an overall score.
speaking, reading, and writing American institutions may
Students who submit an overall
skills in English. accept this in place of the
TOEFL score from 46 to 60 or
TOEFL.
It is most commonly taken who submit an overall IELTS
online and the result- score of 5.5 will be placed
ing scores are for each into ESL 203 Advanced
skill, as well as an Grammar and Writing.
overall score.
Students who score above
The International these ranges will be placed
English Language directly into their academ-
Testing System ic program courses.

Newsletter created by: Danielle Bergez, Academic Liaison for International Student Support, danielle.d.bergez@wilmu.edu
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ESL 203Advanced Grammar and Writing

ESL 203 is designed to improve stu- The course requires a minimum of three Instructors work with students on a
dents writing skills by providing in- essays chosen by the instructor from variety of grammar topics such as
struction and practice in essay writing among the following types: expository, subject/verb agreement, sentence
of various academic types. classification, process, cause/effect, fragments, run-ons, and comma
extended definition, problem/solution, splices, article usage, capitalization,
Students learn about the writing pro- punctuation, verb tenses, and modal
summary/response, and argumentative.
cess, features of specific essay types, usage. Individual grammar needs are
developing content, and expressing An important component of the course also addressed.
themselves in comprehensible and is the frequent discussion of academic
grammatical language. integrity, how to maintain it, what the Students who earn less than a B in
consequences of dishonesty are, and ESL 203 are required to take the
Students are required to write multi- where to access help. course again.
draft essays and self-edit to demon-
strate writing development.

Additional Support The Student Success Center

THE STUDENT The Student Success Center Tutors can assist students with writ-
SUCCESS CENTER (http://www.wilmu.edu/ssc) ing, grammar, mechanics, APA, and
provides tutoring, both in per- other assignment-related topics.
OFFERS A WIDE-
son and online, that can be es- The Student Success Center also
RANGE OF pecially beneficial for non-native offers workshops, seminars, and
SERVICES THAT speakers and for international links to learning resources that can
HELP STUDENTS students who are adjusting to help all students, including interna-
ACHIEVE different academic expectations. tional students, succeed in their
ACADEMIC
studies.
SUCCESS.

References
IELTS http://www.wilmu.edu/ssc/index.aspx
Student Success Center http://www.wilmu.edu/ssc
TOEFL http://www.ets.org/toefl
Wilmington University International Student Handbook http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/international/international-student-handbook.pdf

Newsletter created by: Danielle Bergez, Academic Liaison for International Student Support, danielle.d.bergez@wilmu.edu