International Students


English Language Program



English Language Program: University Readiness/TOEFL Preparation

The English Language Program (ELP) is a non-credit intensive English program for international students. ELP courses are designed to prepare students for academic study at the university. In addition, the course prepares students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required for admission.

Note the following:

  1. ELP is a 1-year program. However, students passing the TOEFL exam at the end of the first semester may move into their program of study at the university provided they meet all the other admission requirements. Students have the option of taking an additional semester of ELP, if necessary.
  2. ELP is a 14-week program for Fall and Spring semesters.
  3. The cost of ELP is $4,200 per semester.
  4. Admission to ELP does not ensure admission to California State University, Stanislaus.
  5. Students enrolled in ELP are not allowed to enroll in university courses, unless prior
    approval is granted.
  6. ELP students are not eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional
    Practical Training (OPT).
  7. TOEFL exams taken during ELP are “institutional” only
    (the scores are only accepted for admission purposes at CSU Stanislaus). These
    scores cannot be used for admission to other colleges and universities.

Course Breakdown


  Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Spring 2014
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Three Course Components

The following is an outline of each part, containing specific area objectives and classroom activities in which this course will develop the objective skills in each area.

Part 1 - Listening and Comprehension


Classroom Activities to Develop Listening and Comprehension Skills

Part 2 - Structure and Written Expression


Classroom Activities to Develop Understanding of Structure and Written Expression

Part 3 - Reading and Vocabulary


Classroom Activities to Develop Reading and Vocabulary Skills

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation is essential for success within the University system. Students will be held responsible for attendance at all classes. If they must miss class due to extenuating circumstances, they need to take the responsibility of alerting the instructor by email (the sooner, the better) and make up any assignments that were missed. More than 5 absences (20 hours) will warrant a failure of the program.


The grading for this class is PASS, SP (Satisfactory Progress), or FAIL. This class does not receive any University credit, although those who successfully pass the class will receive a Certificate of Completion.

In order to pass the course, students must meet all requirements and demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. A portfolio of individual student work will be submitted at the end of the course, which will be reviewed by independent readers, to determine student progress. Proficiency will mainly be calculated using the final TOEFL score earned at the end of the semester. The portfolio and the TOEFL score together will determine whether students have demonstrated sufficient progress and if they pass the course.

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