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Northwest Missouri State University


About the ESL Program

Why Study ESL at Northwest?

The ESL Program at Northwest offers small, high-quality English classes in a very pleasant, friendly academic environment.

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How is the Program Organized?

We teach and work with students who are adult-minded and expect to work toward their goals. Merely attending classes or living in the USA is not sufficient to get the TOEFL score needed to enter the university. You must know English to score well on the TOEFL. The time you will need to score well on TOEFL will depend on your ability when you arrive and how much you try in our program.

For example: starting at 400 PBT, students at our program take about 4 sessions of ESL to reach 500. If you start at 450, you will need about 2 sessions. You can see how our students do in this chart View PDF.

All new ESL students will be given a practice TOEFL test and placement test when they begin the Northwest ESL Program. Students scoring less than 400 on the practice test will start ESL in a probationary level. Probationary students must pass all classes each session in order to remain in the program.

You will be placed in classes that meet your needs and ability level. Classes may be beginner, low-intermediate, high-intermediate or advanced level. During each session, you will study grammar, listening and speaking, reading, and writing and prepare to take the TOEFL. Classes start at 9 a.m. and go to 3 or 4 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday. On five Fridays during the session, you will have a practice TOEFL test, and at the end of the session, you will take the institutional TOEFL.

In addition, the ESL Program organizes a field trip during each 8 week session. Trips we've taken in the past include the world class Omaha Zoo, historic Nebraska City, Old West museums of St. Joseph, and multiple museums and shopping locations in Kansas City. 

About the Faculty

All faculty hold master's degrees in TESOL, English, or related fields. They have teaching experience abroad and in the United States. They are caring, dedicated, and creative ESL professionals.