ESL Certificate - English as a Second Language

Finlandia’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate program is for students whose first language is not English.

Emphasis is placed on “real life” English language learning through interactions with people on campus and in the local community. The typical ESL program lasts one year. Each semester, ESL students complete three core ESL classes and one regular university course.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Program Policy – ESL Certificate

A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required to receive the ESL program certificate. Finlandia provides continued language support to international students who continue their studies at Finlandia. For students who wish to continue their studies at another university, Finlandia will assist with the transfer process.

Study Abroad Opportunities – ESL Certificate Programs

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing an ESL certificate program.

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What you will learn

The goal of Finlandia’s ESL program is to teach English for academic success so students can successfully pursue a bachelor’s degree at Finlandia or another North American university. With approval of the international student advisor, the ESL program of study may be adjusted to meet individual language needs. Coursework in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar is integrated with computer work, one-on-one tutoring, conversation partners, and cultural experiences. Students will also receive help studying for the TOEFL exam.

What Can I Do When I Complete the ESL Certificate Program?

Graduates will be able to:

  • Learn English for academic success.
  • Includes reading, writing, speaking, grammar.
  • Integrated computer work, one-on-one tutoring, language partners, and cultural information.
  • Help studying for TOEFL exam.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • College English
    Designed to improve the student’s reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, and to give the student a broad understanding of culture and society. Emphasis is on essay writing and critical analysis of non-fiction and literary works. Available fall and spring semesters.
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    Preparation and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches in the classroom and beyond. Basic rhetorical principles to enrich understanding, analysis of professional speeches to inform, speaking and listening competencies, and the practice of sound ethics. Available fall and spring semesters.
Janice CoxAdolphsDirector, English as a Second LanguageFinlandia Universityjanice.coxadolphs@finlandia.edu906-487-7219
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Interim Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381

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