Mar 31, 2023  
2018-2019 Winona Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Winona Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is for students from non-English speaking countries who desire to improve their English language skills while participating in the life of a North American university. The major coursework is in English as a second language. In addition, students study the history, traditions, culture and customs of the United States. All coursework is based on an integrated skills approach with listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components. Students are housed in residence halls on campus and are encouraged to participate in various intramural and co-curricular activities and programs offered throughout the year. Several programs and trips are targeted specifically for international students as a means of personal support as well as spiritual and cultural enrichment. Upon successful completion of the internationally recognized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), students may elect to continue their studies as full-time, degree-seeking students at Saint Mary’s. For some students, the Intensive ESL Program is preparation for other career-related activity or further study in their home countries. The ESL courses are numbered below 100 and do not count toward degree programs.

Students participating in the English as a Second Language program offered through the De LaSalle Language Institute must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be considered for matriculation to the undergraduate program at SMUMN.