English for Speakers of Other Languages
UNH Manchester welcomes students who are Speakers of Other Languages, whether they are interested in
- enrolling full-time or part-time in a two-year or four-year degree program;
- transferring from another college or university;
- looking for courses to help them make the transition from high school to college;
- improving their English skills for professional advancement or further studies; or
- taking a class to improve their writing, reading, speaking, or listening skills.
If you are a speaker of another language and seeking admission to a UNH Manchester degree program, contact the UNH Manchester Admissions Office at 603-641-4150 for information, advice, or an application.
You should begin this process early, especially if you have academic transcripts from another country that need translation.
If you are applying to a degree program, you will need to take the TOEFL test.
The following courses may be taken on a Credit /Letter-grade, Credit /Pass/Fail, or Audit basis.
- Credit courses count toward a degree.
- Audit courses (no credit, lower fee) do not count toward a degree.
English (ENGL) 301A, Introduction to College Composition and Reading / ESOL
- Introduces ESL/ESOL students to standards of academic English in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Strengthens vocabulary and grammar skills.
- 4 credits toward associate's degree only (may not be taken for credit towards bachelor's degree).
- Designed as preparatory course for English 400.
- Instructor's permission required.
English (ENGL) 400, English as a Second Language
- Improves competence in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in English.
- 4 credits (may be repeated up to a total of 16 credits).
- Recommended as preparation for English 401 or 401A.
- Instructor's permission required.
English (ENGL) 401A, First-Year Writing for ESOL Students
A special section of First-Year Writing for students whose first language is not English.
- Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment, with special attention to the concerns of Speakers of Other Languages. Supplemental work on listening and speaking as necessary. Frequent individual conferences with every student. Instructor permission required.
- 4 credits.
July 8 - August 7
Applications are due on May 17, 2013.
Call Kristen Beck at (603)641-4113 or Michael Pugh at (603) 641-4155 for more information
An intensive summer course that helps students who are Speakers of Other Languages improve their academic English skills and introduces them to US college culture. Available to high school students (minimum age 16), recent high school graduates, transfer students, returning adult students, and other interested persons.
- Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, 8:30-12:30, for five weeks every summer;
- Provides intensive review and practice in academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking;
- Includes workshops in time management, learning-style maximization, applying to college, note-taking, test-taking, financial literacy, and mathematics literacy;
- Includes field trips with academic focus;
- Requires Application with essay, and Recommendation; Tuition Assistance available; forms and more information available from the Center for Academic Enrichment (links to CAE home page).
- Offers partial tuition waiver assistance to students unable to pay the full $400 program fee.
Since the Summer Program for ESOL Students began in 1997, over 350 students from over 60 countries have taken part. Many of these students have gone on to full-time or part-time studies at UNH campuses and at other colleges and universities, in New Hampshire and other states. Several have completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. Others have used their skills gained in the program to advance in their professions or to make career changes.
Participating students in 2011 come from Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, India, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Puerto Rico, and Somalia.
For ESOL students, the CAE provides Assessment / Referral and Tutoring services to help them enroll in the appropriate courses and succeed in their studies. Peer tutors have been trained according to the guidelines of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and are certified by CRLA to work with ESOL students on writing, reading, and other language skills. Professional tutors are also available in some subject areas.
Assessment / Referral
- Free computerized testing to determine the student’s level of English-language proficiency;
- Advice on recommended course selections based on testing results;
- Referrals to other area ESOL programs as appropriate, including English for New Americans, the Manchester Community Resource Center, the International Institute of New Hampshire, and the Eileen McPhinney Multicultural Center (formerly the Latin American Center).
- Academic writing support at all stages of an assignment: brainstorming, drafting, and revising for students enrolled in UNH Manchester courses
- Academic reading support, including research strategies
What are the hours for the summer program?
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
What is the cost of the summer program?
The cost is determined each year in the spring before the course begins. The cost for the 2011 program was $400. Tuition waivers are available for some students who demonstrate financial need.
What is the deadline for applications for the summer program?
The deadline for the applications for the summer program is typically the third Friday in May. Please see the application for deadlines and other requirements.
Do you offer the TOEFL test?
No, we do not offer TOEFL here at UNH Manchester. Please refer to the ets.org website for test locations.
Do you offer student visas for the summer program?
Student visas are only offered for our full-time, admitted students.
What if I have college credits from another country?
Please contact our admissions office for information on transferring those credits.