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International students for whom English is not their native language will be required to take an assessment test to gauge their reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency in English. The purpose of this testing is to ensure that all students have the proper communication skills to advance successfully through the challenging Rose-Hulman curriculum. Based on this assessment, some students will be required to take one or more English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Those students must successfully complete ESL 102 prior to taking RH131 Rhetoric and Composition.

In addition:

  • Students may not drop an ESL course.
  • Students may not apply more than four credits of ESL coursework toward free elective credits in their major if applicable.
  • Students must successfully complete all ESL course requirements within the first year of enrollment at Rose-Hulman or face dismissal from the Institute.

English Second Language - Course Descriptions

ESL 101 Reading and Writing 1 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

For non-native speakers of English. Focuses on the basic patterns and conventions of U.S. academic prose. Familiarizes students with essential essay structures with particular emphasis on identifying, developing, and supporting a thesis. Deepens knowledge of grammar and academic vocabulary. Introduces the topic of academic integrity and appropriate use of outside source material. Students required to take ESL 101 must complete the course with a grade of C or higher prior to taking ESL 102.

ESL 102 Reading and Writing 2 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Prerequisites: ESL 101 Reading and Writing 1 4R-0L-4C F (Completion of ESL 101 with a grade of C or higher) or placement via ESL exam
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

For non-native speakers of English. Reviews the basic patterns and conventions of U.S. academic reading and writing. Introduces students to formal research techniques and provides extensive practice with incorporating outside sources and using strategies for maintaining academic integrity. Guides students through readings in academic journals and articles. Students required to take ESL102 must successfully complete the course prior to taking RH 131.

ESL 111 Listening and Speaking 3R-1L-4C F,W
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

For non-native speakers of English. Develops spoken fluency with emphasis on the basic pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation patterns of English. Prepares students for academic presentations with a particular focus on STEM vocabulary. Develops students’ academic listening and note-taking skills.

ESL 399 Special Topics (1-4 credits) 4R-OL-4C Arranged
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

For non-native speakers of English. Examines a selected ESL topic in depth. A particular offering may require a prerequisite or consent of the instructor.

ESL 499 Directed Study (1-4 credits) 4R-OL-4C Arranged
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

For non-native speakers of English. Allows for individual study of an ESL topic selected by the instructor and the student(s). A plan of study, regular meetings with the instructor, and a major term project are required.