Frequently Asked Questions
Language skills assessment every five weeks so you progress at your own pace.
How many courses must I take each term?
F-1 students must enroll in one core class and one elective class per term to remain in-status. Non- F-1 students can sign up for as many classes as they wish.
What makes Stratford's ESL program unique?
The materials used in the classroom are drawn from outside sources (newspapers, magazines, cable news, movies), as well as from interactive textbooks. We support and encourage students in a nurturing environment so that they feel supported during the language process. Research shows that the best language learning occurs in a low affective atmosphere where students’ anxiety is at a minimum.
At Stratford ESL Program, we keep in mind that our students are here to learn not only language, but an entire culture full of traditions and lifestyles. For that purpose we provide activities outside of the classroom that introduce the students to art, architecture, sports, and music of the United States.
What makes me learn English faster?
Since study materials are drawn from real-life situations, language acquisition is accelerated. The average language learner should be able to exit the ESL program in a year or less. Since our classes are small, students can get individualized attention from our highly skilled and experienced teachers. Our program is student-driven providing the integrated skills needed for the student’s specific fields.
How are students tested?
Incoming students test online following the ESL Accuplacer tests on listening, reading, sentence meaning and language use, which measure all language skills. Subsequent testing is fully aligned with both our textbooks and assessment materials, takes place in the classroom, and measures the material covered during the session.
Will I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS test?
No, students successfully completing Stratford's ESL program will not need to take any language test to start Stratford's degree programs, so long as they meet all other acceptance criteria.
Can I use ESL classes for college credit?
Yes! Students successfully passing certain upper level classes can receive up to 9 credits toward a Bachelors or Associates degree at Stratford University.