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.
For students and the university: The focus of ELP is language proficiency for successful academic study at a high quality, American university with U.S. and international faculty. ELP equips students with English abilities commensurate with the language demands of the classrooms within the policies and governance structures of ONU. The International Scholar Transition Program (ISTP) is designed to build a strong foundation in English, and prepare learners for and transition them into academic settings. ELP employs instructional staff with terminal degrees in language teaching whose expertise is available to students and the university at large.
For instructional staff: ELP provides a carefully designed and assessed curriculum for language learning that provides students with a solid learning environment and instructors with opportunity to explore a variety of teaching modalities to support learning objectives. A supportive environment is provided for instruction, classroom-based research, and best practices in teaching and learning.
For the larger community: ELP represents the English language teaching profession and is a point of contact within the university for non-academic English learners. While it is not the mission of ELP to directly provide programs outside academic English, the program directs these learners to the appropriate resources.