ESL Institute/Office of Global Engagement

O'Dowd Hall, Room 326
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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Phone: (248) 364-8803
Fax: (248) 370-3587

About the ESL Institute

Effective communication leads to academic and career success. The ESL Institute welcomes students of all English proficiency levels. Classes are taught by experienced instructors who will help you improve your skills in English while also learning academic success strategies along with how to use technology effectively in the classroom and in life.

Overview of ESL Institute Program
  • Class start dates five times a year.
  • ESL terms are 8 weeks in length.
  • Classes held daily Monday through Friday (fall and winter) or Monday through Thursday (Summer I term only).
  • Eight course levels for those with no English skills through those taking graduate courses.
  • Students are placed into the appropriate ESL course level based on English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, Duolingo English Test) and/or the OU ESL placement test.
  • Three courses offered at each level with seven hours of instruction per course per week.
    • Speaking/Listening
    • Reading
    • Writing
  • By earning a B-, students will move to the next course level.
  • Matriculation if accepted for an academic program at Oakland University:
    • Undergraduate students - completion of three Level 7 courses with a B- or higher (ESL 0077N, ESL 0078N, and ESL 0079N).
    • Graduate students with qualifying proficiency test scores – completion of all Level 7 courses with a A- or higher (ESL 0077N, ESL 0078N, and ESL 0079N), OR completion of all Level 8 course with a B- or higher (ESL 0087N, ESL 0088N, and ESL 0089N).
  • Class time with instructor - 21 hours per week
  • Students are encouraged to become involved in campus activities.
  • Instructors are available to encourage, help and support student learning.
  • Free workshops and tutoring available
  • If an F-1 student, plan to attend for four terms (32 weeks) before taking a vacation semester.
  • Students can begin taking academic classes along with ESL support courses if accepted to GAPP.
Vision Statement

Empowering English learners to pursue dreams and contribute meaningfully to a world beyond their own.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Oakland University ESL Institute is to empower English learners to achieve academic and career goals, to recognize the interconnectedness among diverse cultures, and to contribute meaningfully to the increasingly globalized world.