Saint Martin's University offers an intensive ESL program for students who are academically qualified to attend Saint Martin's, but lack the required TOEFL score.

The program offers college preparatory courses for students from the beginning to advanced level.

Course descriptions

Saint Martin’s University's English as a second language (ESL) courses are designed to improve the English language skills of international students for the purpose of matriculating into Saint Martin’s University.

The ESL curriculum is divided into two course subtypes:

  • English language skills
  • Culture-based content

ESL levels one, two, and three will generally be offered both fall and spring semesters.

ESL level four may or may not be offered, depending on enrollment.

No required TOEFL score is necessary for entry into the program, however, it does help with accurate placement of the student if it is available. TOEFL exams are offered at the beginning and end of each semester.

Matriculating ESL students in level four, with a TOEFL score over 480, may take a combination of ESL and regular undergraduate courses. Students with scores of 525 on the institutional paper- based TOEFL and above, are eligible for full-time undergraduate study at Saint Martin’s.


  • Level one
    Course number Description
    ESL 020, 030 Grammar/writing
    ESL 021 Reading skills
    ESL 022 Conversation skills
    ESL 023 Writing skills
    ESL 024 American culture
    ESL 025, 035 Grammar
    ESL 026 International studies
    ESL 027, 037 Pronunciation
    ESL 028 American history
    ESL 031 English/American literature
    ESL 032 Listening/speaking
    ESL 033 Writing workshop
    ESL 034 Cultures of America
    ESL 036 World cultures
    ESL 038 History of the Americas
  • Level two
    Course number Description
    ESL 040, 050 Grammar/writing
    ESL 041 Reading skills
    ESL 042 Conversation skills
    ESL 043 Writing skills
    ESL 044 American culture
    ESL 045, 055 TOEFL skills and strategy
    ESL 046 International studies
    ESL 047 English in music and film
    ESL 048 American history
    ESL 051 English/American literature
    ESL 052 Listening/speaking
    ESL 053 Writing workshop
    ESL 054 Cultures of America
    ESL 056 World cultures
    ESL 057 American music history
    ESL 058 History of the Americas
  • Level three
    Course number Description
    ESL 060 Grammar/writing
    ESL 061 Reading skills
    ESL 062 Conversation skills
    ESL 063 College writing
    ESL 064 American culture
    ESL 065, 075 TOEFL skills and strategy
    ESL 066 International studies
    ESL 067 American music history
    ESL 068 American history
    ESL 069 College skills
    ESL 070 Grammar/writing
    ESL 071 English/American literature
    ESL 072 Contemporary issues
    ESL 073 Writing workshop
    ESL 074 Cultures of America
    ESL 076 World cultures
    ESL 077 English in music and film
    ESL 078 History of the Americas
    ESL 079 College skills
  • Level four
    Course number Description
    ESL 080, 090 Grammar/writing
    ESL 081 Reading skills
    ESL 082 Conversation skills
    ESL 083 College writing
    ESL 084 American culture
    ESL 085, 095 TOEFL skills and strategy
    ESL 086 International studies
    ESL 088 American history
    ESL 089, 099 College skills
    ESL 091 English/American literature
    ESL 092 Contemporary issues
    ESL 093 Writing workshop
    ESL 094 Cultures of America
    ESL 096 World cultures
    ESL 098 History of the Americas