Wednesday, September 16, 2015

George Washington University Launches English Language Institute for Graduate Students

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Improving your English can be one of the more challenging aspects of moving to and studying in the United States. That’s why George Washington University (GWU) piloted a new six-week English Language Institute this past summer for graduate students.

The program is geared toward international students who were considered academically qualified for admission to GWU, but who still need to build up their mastery of English before being formally admitted, university spokeswoman Maralee Csellar told the GW Hatchet. Students are “conditionally accepted to GWU, so long as they receive a passing grade in two 3-credit classes,” the paper reports.

The curriculum involves listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises and was developed at a time when GWU was aiming to double its number of international students by 2020. 

The school’s pilot program included 11 international students, all of whom successfully completed it and are now officially students at GWU. The article stated that the program will likely expand and hopefully diversify as most of the students this year came from China.

Read more in the GW Hatchet.

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