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We offer a wide range of English as a Second Language (ESL) support services for students who are non-native English speakers. These include:

ESL Coursework (ESL 101, 102, and 111): All incoming students take an English placement test when arriving at Rose-Hulman. If you would benefit from additional English instruction, you'll be placed in an ESL reading/writing course and/or a listening/speaking course in order to improve your skills. Learn more about the placement test

ESL Tutoring Services: Through our Learning Center, you can work individually or in small groups with a trained ESL peer tutor or with the Director of ESL. Tutoring is offered Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons. Areas of particular focus include

  • Revising papers
  • Practicing presentations
  • Developing conversation skills
  • Improving pronunciation
  • Building Vocabulary

Workshops and events for international students: We regularly host workshops and activities for international students on a variety of topics. Some recent topics included

  • Strategies for Success in the U.S. Classroom
  • Resume Writing for International Students
  • Job Interviewing Skills
  • Game Hour for International Students and Friends

    Two female students study English together.

ESL services are here for all non-native speakers, both undergraduate and graduate students. Our current peer tutors are majoring in nearly each major offered here, so it's possible you can be matched with a tutor who shares your major. 

Questions? Contact Margaret Hurdlik, Director of ESL at hurdlik@rose-hulman.edu or (812) 877-8843.

We are grateful for each of our international students and the many ways they enrich our campus. For more information on what we offer, visit our International Student Services page.

English Placement Test Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs to take the English placement test?

All incoming international students are required to take the test regardless of their TOEFL or IELTS score.

International students whose native language is English should speak with the Director of ESL. These cases are handled on an individual basis.

What is the purpose of the test?

The test is designed to assess your ability to successfully complete academic coursework in English. 

What is the format of the test?

The test consists of three parts.

  • An oral interview: These are usually done via Skype with two ESL instructors and will require about 15 minutes. Interviews include conversations and one or more tasks involving description, argumentation, analysis, etc. The interview requires no special preparation.
  • A written evaluation: You'll be asked to complete a short written task similar to something that might be expected in a college-level course. No dictionaries are permitted during the test.
  • A computer-based test: This section of the test lasts about an hour and primarily assesses your listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary.

Should I study for the test?

No. The test is designed to assess your accumulated English knowledge and your ability to use it in a variety of academic situations. The best preparation for the test is a good night's sleep.

When do I take the test?

The oral interview is completed via Skype during the summer before students arrive at Rose-Hulman. You will be contacted via email to set up a convenient time for your interview. Students who cannot complete the oral interview in the summer due to scheduling issues will be allowed to interview during International Student Orientation in August.

The written and computer-based sections of the test are administered during International Student Orientation in August.

What if I miss the test?

If you miss the test you will automatically be registered for ESL courses during Fall quarter. Please note that you may not make up the test if you miss it.

What happens after I take the test?

The test will be evaluated by a team of ESL instructors. Students who are found to require additional support will be required to take ESL during Fall quarter. Students who do not require ESL will have it removed from their course schedules before fall registration.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel know only one page.

- Saint Augustine

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Margaret Hurdlik

Margaret Hurdlik

Margaret Hurdlik is the Director of English as a Second Language at Rose-Hulman. You can contact her by email at hurdlik@rose-hulman.edu or (812) 877-8843.

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

ESL 101     Reading and Writing 1     4R-0L-4C   F   

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    Prereq:  Completion of ESL 101 with a grade of C or higher, or placement via ESL exam

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 ESL 102 must successfully complete the course prior to taking RH 131.

ESL 111     Listening and Speaking     3R-1L-4C   F, W   

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. 

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