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English as a Second Language

Congratulations on your acceptance to undergraduate studies at Lehigh University! We know that you will find the Lehigh community to be an exciting place to live, learn, and ultimately achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals. In order to set you on your pathway to success, we here at Lehigh University is committed to providing you with the support you need to academic excellence as well as effective communication in and outside of the classroom.

What First-Year English (ENGL) Courses Should You Register For?

Based on a holistic evaluation of the application materials you submitted (e.g., your SAT/ACT scores, your TOEFL/IELTS scores, your writing sample, and your grade transcript), we recommend that you register for:

ENGL 003 - Composition and Literature I for International Writers (3 credits)

During International Orientation, you will take an English placement test in order to verify which First Year English (ENGL) credit-bearing courses are right for you.  Below is some information about the English placement test and the ENGL course placements. You will soon receive more information about the Orientation Schedule.


Structure of the Placement Test

Scores: 1-6

Part A: Reading & Writing Section (Friday, August 18th)

You will receive a short (1-2 paragraph) reading and a writing test question. In response to the test question, you have to write a well-organized, well-developed, and grammatically accurate essay in which you state your thesis and use personal experience and quotes/paraphrases from the reading to support your main ideas (Time: 60 minutes). Your writing will be evaluated in terms of your comprehension of the reading as well as your use of grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, essay organization, and supporting examples.

Part B: Speaking & Listening in Groups (Saturday, August 19th)

You will engage in conversations about specific academic topics in small groups and pairs of students (Time: 30 minutes). You will be evaluated in terms of your pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and ability to communicate effectively in a classroom-like setting.


ENGL Courses

ENGL 001: Critical Reading and Composition (3 Credits)

(Average placement score of 5.5 or higher)

Introduction to academic writing that supports a claim in respectful conversation with others. Topics drawn from important issues in the world in which students live. The course provides multiple opportunities to engage thoughtfully in the writing process.

ENGL 003: Composition and Literature I for International Writers (3 Credits)

(Placement score of 4.5-5.0)

Students improve both their advanced academic written English and academic writing style through a process of reading fiction and non-fiction and by writing well-organized, coherent essays for academics. Author citation, style, and written fluency and accuracy are addressed within students’ writing.

ENGL 015: Speech Communication for International Speakers of English (1 Credit)

(Placement score of 4.5-5.0)

Spoken English improvement through the practice of American English in “real contexts.” This course is for first or second year undergraduate students who have advanced English skills, but who need to improve their communication and idiomatic language skills for the advanced speaking contexts of the American university classroom and campus. Advanced Spoken English accent improvement and academic presentations skills are also practiced as needed.


Results & Advising

After you take the placement test, the results of your placement will be sent to you and your academic department via email by Tuesday, August 22nd. If you need to speak with someone about your placement results, you can sign up for a 30-minute appointment online. Appointments will be held on August 21-23 in Maginnes Hall, Room 204. If you have any questions about the placement test or registering for an appointment, you can email Edann Brady.

We, here, at Lehigh University are looking forward to meeting you and helping to support your success.