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English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL teacher and students in the classroom.

Otterbein’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program provides the perfect setting to improve your English for academic or professional goals. Each of our course levels combines speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. We develop academic skills in research and note taking as we focus on a variety of relevant and interesting topics. Students are typically in classes for 4-5 hours each day, but may also participate in weekly conversation partner practice with an American Otterbein student and tour the Columbus area on one of our field trips.

ESL Levels

At Otterbein, we offer six levels of ESL classes. Placement is determined by our on-campus placement test given prior to the first day of classes. The chart below offers a general outline of our levels.

ESL Levels at Otterbein TOEFL (paper-based/ITP) TOEFL (internet-based/iBT) IELTS
Advanced (0900) 500 and above 61 and above 6
Intermediate III (0800) 480-497 54 to 60 5.5
Intermediate II (0700) 460-477 48-53 5.5
Intermediate I (0600) 400-457 32-46 4.5-5
Intro II (0500)) 353-397 21-31 2-4
Intro I (0400) 310-350 9-20 0-2

2013-14 ESL Session Dates

Otterbein University’s ESL academic calendar consists of seven sessions (four 7-week sessions & three 4-week sessions) throughout the year.

Session Testing & Orientation Beginning of Session End of Session
Fall I, 2014 August 19 August 25 October 10
Fall II, 2014 October 10 October 20 December 10
Spring I, 2015 January 8 January 12 February 27
Spring II, 2015 February 27 March 9 April 27
Summer I, 2015 May 22 May 26 June 26
Summer II, 2015 June 29 July 6 August 6

/ Center for International Education & Global Engagement

CIEGE is located at 172 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081, United States

p/ 614.823.3263
e/ jseymour@otterbein.edu



/ Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Admission is located in Clippinger Hall, 102 W. College Ave.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)


p/ 614.823.1500
e/ uotterb@otterbein.edu