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Description of ESLP

Longwood University’s English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) is an intensive program of study designed for students who need English for admission into American universities of for personal/professional reasons.

The ESLP curriculum at Longwood, called Focal Skills, consists of four modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Academic Preparation – and students focus on one skill, or module, at a time.

Listening Module

  • Listening is a fundamental skill needed in language learning in order to build on other skills.
  • As students watch movies with direction and explanations from the instructor, and listen to music, they practice listening to authentic language at the appropriate level.

Reading Module

  • Part 1 – Instructor and students read and discuss articles from authentic sources (i.e. USA Today) as the students learn to develop reading comprehension and critical thinking.
  • Part 2 – Each student chooses books to read, which allows him or her to build vocabulary and observe good writing formats.

Writing Module

  • With one-on-one guidance from the instructor, students explore topics of interest to them and develop their writing skills, including paragraph construction and grammar.

Academic Prep

  • Students learn how to apply their listening, reading, and writing skills as they prepare for an academic setting. 
  • The focus of academic prep is on note-taking, essay and research paper writing, developing study skills and giving presentations.

Examples of Electives offered

  • Grammar Workshop
  • Pronunciation
  • Creative Writing
  • American Culture
  • Keyboard
  • Advanced Listening Skills

Course Fees

To view the Course Fees, please click HERE for the PDF file.


Course Calendar

To view the 2014 Course Calendar, please click HERE for the PDF file.



To view examples of Elective Courses, please click HERE for the PDF file.

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