Undergraduate ESL Credit Courses

The Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL offers English Composition 1101 and 1102 for undergraduate bilingual and non-native English speakers every semester, including the summer 7-week term.

ENGL 1101. English Composition for Bilingual/Non-native Speakers of English I 
This course offers bilingual and ESL students the opportunity to develop their academic writing skills while acknowledging and incorporating their unique backgrounds. Instructors are trained in ESL and second language writing. They can offer effective strategies to help bilingual/ESL writers develop their academic writing abilities, including organization and development of ideas, paraphrasing and summarizing of reading selections, use of academic language structures, and basic research skills. Revision and editing skills are stressed, and grammar review is provided as necessary.

ENGL 1102. English Composition for Bilingual/Non-native Speakers of English II 
Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in ENGL 1101. This course is taught by instructors trained in ESL and second language writing. The course is designed to increase bilingual/ESL students’ academic writing abilities beyond the level of proficiency required by ENGL 1102. Paraphrasing and summarizing, revision and editing, and research skills are stressed. Grammar review is provided as necessary.

SPCH 1000. Human Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English

This course provides an introduction to human communication, including language development and verbal, non-verbal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, and intercultural communication. Practice with speaking and listening skills is incorporated. The course may be used as one of the courses required in Area B, Institutional Options. (2 credits)

  1. English Composition I and II are credit-bearing 3 hour courses. Students must earn a course grade of “C” or above to successfully complete the courses.
  2. The courses have similar learning outcomes as the sections taught through the Department of English.
  3. The courses fulfill the university’s English Composition requirements.
  4. There is no indication on students’ transcripts that they completed a section offered for non-native English speakers.
  5. Students self-select the courses. No authorization is required to register.
  6. Students can locate the courses by looking at the “Comments” column on GoSolar when they register. The comment indicates that the sections are “reserved for bilingual/non-native English speakers”.

This is an example from GoSolar of a special section of English 1101 for non-native speakers of English:

ENGL 1101 > A 3.000 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I TR 11:00 am-12:15 pm
20 20 0 0 0 0 Restricted to bilingual or non-native speakers of English. S. Cavusgil 08/22-12/16 Sparks Hall 131

ESL Undergraduate Placement

To register for these courses, a student must be a non-native speaker of English. A non-native speaker is someone whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or visa status. Placement or authorization to register is not required. That is, students voluntarily register for these courses designed for non-native speakers.

Students who are enrolled in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Georgia State University must complete IEP 0650 and IEP 0950 before registering for ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102.