English Language Programs’ primary task is to serve the needs of the English learner on campus. Its central mission is academic English preparation for students seeking degree study at ONU. English language preparation at ONU is delivered through two core programs, each designed to serve a specific body of students.
The Bridging and College Composition Program is designed for students with mature English skills who need extra support to meet the high academic standards of the university. Bridging students are enrolled in degree programs and take courses that meet their degree requirements. But they also take support courses in reading, listening and speaking in English. At the heart of the Bridging Program are two composition courses, required for all non-native users of English, which meet the writing course requirement for degree programs. The Bridging Program requires one or two semesters to complete, depending on student abilities.
The Intensive English Program (IEP) serves students with lower competencies in English. The four-level program works with high beginner through high intermediate learners. Courses and activities strengthen English skills over a period of a full year, including one summer term. IEP students are admitted conditionally to degree programs but may not begin degree studies until after successfully completing the IEP. A beginning student should expect to spend five terms (a full year including a summer term) in the program. Students may also be admitted to the IEP for English study without conditional admission to a degree program.
The primary focus of English Language Programs is academic preparation. But ELP also participates in and leads special English programs such as language camps for middle and high school students and on-campus activities for international and domestic students alike.