PROGRAM START DATES

Spring 2019: January 7th, 2019

Summer 2019: May 6th, 2019

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In the American English Language Program, you will achieve:

  • Proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language
  • Better English communication skills for confidence at school and work
  • English test-taking skills to be able to pass proficiency tests
  • Successful social connections through friendship building
  • Grammar skills to be better understood and respected
  • Confidence in yourself and in your interactions with English speakers
  • Better understanding of American culture and the university environment
  • Access to clubs, organizations, and other university services and benefits.

HOW AELP WORKS

International students accepted into NKU must prove a level of English proficiency with a passing IELTS score (5.5 for bachelors, 6.5 for masters) or TOEFL IBT score (61 for bachelors, 79 for masters). If a student does not have that level of proficiency, he or she will be enrolled in the American English Language Program. Students take a placement test just after their arrival to NKU during AELP orientation to determine the level at which they will enter the program.

Level 1: The student’s vocabulary, speech, and understanding of English are limited to several words and expressions. The student has very little ability in English grammar, writing, and reading.

Level 2: The student understands and speaks conversational English with hesitancy and difficulty. The student understands simple directions and lessons and is at a beginning level of English grammar, reading, and writing.

Level 3: The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with decreasing hesitancy and difficulty. The student possesses developing grammar, reading comprehension, and writing skills in English.

Level 4: The student understands and speaks conversational English without much difficulty, but has some hesitancy with academic English. The student possesses intermediate English grammar, reading, and writing skills.

Level 5: The student understands and speaks both conversational and academic English with increasing proficiency. The student is ready to learn and work with advanced English grammar, writing, and reading.

Level 6: The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English well with few mistakes. The student is approaching college-level proficiency in English, but needs some additional English skills classwork before being ready for university classes