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International Student Program

Thank you for your interest in our International Student Program! Below you will find some information and links to more detailed information about our program. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Terms start every six weeks.
  • A full program for graduation is 3 terms of 18 hours per week or a total of 224 hours
  • Curriculum includes 12 hours per week of general English classes and 6 hours per week of specialty classes.
  • One-on-one academic counseling provided
  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Monthly student activities

International Program Admissions Requirements

The English Island has specific requirements for acceptance into the International Student Program. You will find the admissions requirements below. Please read over them carefully, and contact The English Island if you have any questions.

In order to enroll in our 18-hour-per-week international student program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be age 18 or older, preferably with a high school diploma for his/her country.
  • Students must be literate in their own languages.
  • Students must have the financial capability to undertake our program.
  • Students who do not meet some of these qualifications (particularly the literacy qualifications) and live in-country may be enrolled in private lessons in order to work up to the level where he/she may apply for entrance to our program.


Placement Procedure

Before entering class, you will take the BEST Plus speaking test to determine your levels.  This speaking exam places you in one of the designated NRS Levels—Beginning Literacy, Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, or Advanced. You are eligible for general courses and electives based on their placement scores.  In some cases, you may take a written placement exam as well to ensure proper placement.


All of our classes align with the National Reporting Standards. The chart below gives a summary of our current classes and how they correspond to these standards.

NRS General Pronunciation Conversation/Vocabulary Grammar Business Writing
Beginning Literacy Level 1A, 1B BL Vocabulary I, BL Vocabulary II Phonics I, Phonics II
Low Beginning Level 2A, 2B Conversation IA, Conversation IB Grammar I,Grammar II
High Beginning Level 3A, 3B Conversation IIA, Conversation IIB Grammar III,Grammar IV
Low Intermediate Level 4A, 4B Pronunciation I,Pronunciation II Conversation III,Conversation IV Grammar V,Grammar VI,


Business English I, Business English II
High Intermediate Level 5A, 5B Pronunciation III Conversation III,Conversation IV Grammar VIIGrammar VIII,

Grammar IX

Business English III, Business English IV
Advanced Grammar X Business English V, Business English VI,Business English VII, Business English VIII


Attendance Policy

All ESL students must be in class every day on time. Attendance in all classes is required. Students must have a minimum of 80% attendance overall at all times and to receive a certificate of completion.


Students who complete 3 terms of our 18-hour program, have an overall average of C+ or higher, and have an overall attendance percentage of 80 percent are eligible to graduate.

Exit Can-Do Statements

Beginning Literacy

þ Speaking: Learners can determine a purpose for communication and respond using limited spoken English to routine questions in familiar situations.

þ Listening: Learners can determine a purpose for listening and can understand some frequently used key words in familiar contexts when spoken slowly and with repetition.

þ Reading: Learners can determine a purpose for reading and can read numbers, letters, and some common sight words. Learners can comprehend phrases and some simple sentences with familiar vocabulary with pre-reading assistance.

þ Writing: Learners can determine a purpose for writing and can print numbers, letters, and basic sight words related to personal information and other familiar contexts.

Exit Can-Do Statements

Low Beginning

þ Speaking: Learners have the ability to organize and produce spoken language in routine and familiar situations with some control of grammar and intonation.

þ Listening: Learners can monitor comprehension, clarify purpose for communication and can understand simple phrases and sentences in context when spoken slowly with some repetition.

þ Reading: Learners can determine the purpose for reading by using pre-reading strategies, read common sight words, and understand sentence level reading. Learners can comprehend simple sentence level discourse with familiar vocabulary and frequent re-reading.

þ Writing: Learners can determine a purpose for writing, can write a simple sentences using familiar words and phrases to describe familiar objects, events, and experiences; using simple punctuation, and can demonstrate some control of basic grammar and spelling.

Exit Can-Do Statements

High Beginning

þ Speaking: Learners can organize information and ask simple questions related to survival needs and simple social interchanges with some control of basic grammar, intonation and pace.

þ Listening: Learners can listen actively, monitor comprehension of simple conversations with support of repetitions and slow rate of speech and use appropriate listening strategies.

þ Reading: Learners can use reading strategies that include previewing, viewing, and predicting and can read material in familiar contexts when vocabulary is controlled.

þ Writing: Learners can produce simple written texts, motes, or messages that are organized and present information to serve the purpose, context, using complete sentences with basic grammar structures (present and past tense) and use correct punctuation.


Exit Can-Do Statements

Low Intermediate

þ Speaking: Learners can express basic needs and can engage in social conversations in an organized way to address the reason for communicating and use some strategies to monitor the conversation. Conversations can include limited descriptions, concrete terms, and more complex grammar structures (passive voice, conditional).

þ Listening: Learners can monitor comprehension, use listening strategies when participating in a conversation or completing a simple task and can understand learned and new phrases in familiar context.

þ Reading: Learners can use reading strategies and context clues to comprehend and analyze clearly organized texts and can reflect on the meaning of the text and combine new knowledge with prior knowledge.

þ Writing: Learners can organize, convey, and revise ideas in simple paragraphs in familiar contexts with control of basic grammar structures, spelling and punctuation.

Exit Can-Do Statements

High Intermediate

þ Speaking: Learners can organize thoughts, provide information, and monitor communication in a conversation on a variety of day to-day subjects with firm control of basic grammar, and are able to express thoughts creatively.

þ Listening: Learners can comprehend conversations on day-to-day subjects that are supported by repeating, restating, and adjusting rate of speech and can incorporate information from listening with prior knowledge.

þ Reading: Learners can read narrative prose and descriptive essays if the topic or context is familiar and analyze the meaning or purpose. Learners can use appropriate reading strategies, context clues and inference skills with familiar materials.

þ Writing: Learners can produce and edit well-developed descriptive and narrative paragraphs using basic punctuation and basic and complex grammar structures.


Exit Can-Do Statements


þ Speaking: Learners can organize thoughts and converse clearly on a variety of subjects using basic grammar, appropriate word choice, register, and pace and are able to express thoughts clearly and creatively using appropriate monitoring strategies.

þ Listening: Learners can comprehend conversations on a variety of subjects using monitoring strategies and incorporating new knowledge with prior knowledge.

þ Reading: Learners can read, comprehend, and analyze narrative prose and descriptive essays applying appropriate reading strategies, comprehension strategies and prior knowledge.

þ Writing: Learners can produce well-developed descriptive and narrative essays that include the mastery of punctuation and grammar structures and can edit and revise to improve communication.


The English Island does not require that you purchase health insurance for the duration of your time in the US. However, we recommend that you have some type of health coverage while in the US. Health care in the US is very expensive. A simple doctor’s appointment usually costs $130 or more.  A visit to the hospital in an emergency usually costs at least $1000. Health insurance pays some of those costs, so you will need to pay a smaller fee for any services you receive. In some cases, the policy you have from your country may cover you in the US.  If not, you should consider purchasing travel health insurance.  You can find more information about travel health insurance online.

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