Ohio Northern University's English Language Programs (ELP) serves the needs of the English learner on campus. Its central mission is academic English preparation for students beginning degree study at ONU. English language preparation at ONU is delivered through two core programs.
THE MISSION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS (ELP) AT OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY IS TO MEET THE SPECIFIC, THOUGH VARIED, NEEDS OF STUDENTS, INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF AND UNIVERSITY IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING. ELP GROUNDS ITSELF IN THE CURRENT BEST PRACTICES IN THE FIELD IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ITS OVERALL MISSION AND SERVE AS A RESOURCE AND LANGUAGE ADVOCATE TO THE LARGER COMMUNITY.
The Ohio Northern University English Language Programs are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions.**
The International Scholar Transition Program (ISTP) is a one year course of study designed for students with mature English skills who need extra support to meet the high academic standards of the university. Students in this program are fully admitted to a major field of study and all courses carry academic credit which may be used toward that degree. ISTP students are taking course work in their major field at the same time they are growing in their English skills. This is the unique and forward looking part of the ONU program.
The Intensive English Program (IEP) serves students with lower competencies in English who need to master basic skills in using the language. The one full year program (five terms) allows students to move from beginning levels of English to upper intermediate skills. Students in this program are admitted conditionally to a major field of study and will enter that field upon completion of the IEP work. Thus they are linked to an academic advisor helping to plan their work ahead of time.
For admission to the International Scholar Transition Program applicants must have an iBT (TOEFL) score 50 or above or an IELTS score of 5.5 (section scores for each test must be in similar ranges) and be admitted to a degree program at ONU. Full time degree study begins with successful completion of ISTP and a score of 62 on the iBT or 500 on the ITP (Institutional TOEFL), again with test section scores in a comparable range.
For admission to the Intensive English Program students apply to a degree program and send proof of their skills in English or request placement in the IEP. Initial IEP placement is determined by a placement test upon arrival; students enter at any level, followed by successful completion of each subsequent level. The five levels can generally be completed in a full year of study, including a summer term, after which the students enter the International Scholar Transition Program ISTP. Students cannot begin academic study until they have successfully completed IEP.
While classes are at the core of all instruction, English Language Programs also provides students with opportunities to use the language they are learning in natural settings such as a Student Academic Support Center, film nights, a public speaking club, trips and activities off campus, and university clubs and living accommodations.
For additional information:
Calendar, Intensive English Program
Plan of Courses, Intensive English Program
Plan of Courses, International Scholar Transition Program
**CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.
Ohio Northern University
Telephone: 01 419 772-1011
FAX: 01 419 772-1013
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We hope you’ll consider ONU’s English Language Programs for your study in the United States.
Clark Hall 129
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.