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ESL Classes

The ESL program offers classes at beginning, basic, intermediate, advanced, and upper advanced (academic bridge) levels.  Students may study in different levels and classes, depending on placement test results. Program levels and courses.

General English Classes (offered at all levels and available to all students)
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Note Taking and Discussion

Students accepted to undergraduate degree programs at Duquesne University may earn up to six university credits for completion of ESL General English classes.

Undergraduate Bridge Classes (at advanced levels for undergraduate students)
  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Reading
  • Core Literature
  • Core Writing

Freshman core writing and literature are offered at three university credits each.

Graduate Preparation Classes (at advanced levels for graduate students)
  • Graduate Research Paper Preparation
  • Academic Discourse
  • Seminar for Graduate Teaching Assistants
Special Purposes Classes (advanced levels)
  • TOEFL Preparation

Computer Skills is a required class unless the student passes an initial placement test.

Each program level helps students to use their English language skills to develop student language competencies.

Student competencies by level