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New Niagara University program will aid international students

LEWISTON – Niagara University is offering a new pathway for international students who want to enroll at U.S. colleges and universities but don’t have the requisite English language skills.

An intensive new English as a second language program presented by the Edward A. Brennan Center for Language, Culture and Leadership will serve students who place at the intermediate language level or higher, and who show evidence of high academic achievement from high school or university study.

The program begins this fall and is accepting applications.

Students who are accepted into the ESL program will receive instruction in academic grammar and writing; reading, speaking and listening; and other skills that prepare them for the English language demands of a college degree. Students will share their own culture while learning the English pragmatics of higher education in the U.S. They will have opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills throughout the program.

Placement is based on a comprehensive language proficiency assessment, which will determine the period needed to fulfill college entrance expectations for language proficiency. Program completion time will therefore vary, but the program can be completed in as little as one semester.

International students will have the opportunity to study and engage with other Niagara students throughout the ESL program. They also will learn more about potential majors at the university through one-on-one meetings with accomplished faculty and have the opportunity to enroll in credit-bearing courses.

The ESL program is offered through the Brennan Center, which hosts Niagara’s ESL summer camps, executive training for leaders from across the globe, and partnerships for the education and training of refugees and immigrants in Western New York. The center was established in January.

Recently, Niagara hosted the annual New York State Association for Bilingual Education conference and shared its commitment to serving students who are learning English as a new language.

To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Deborah T. Curtis at 286-8711 or at brennancenter@niagara.edu. Online applications are available at: www.niagara.edu/esl.

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