General Program Information

▼   Placement

When you enroll in classes at the English Language Center here at the University of South Alabama, you will be placed in classes based on your performance on the placement test. We use the Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) English Placement Test. This test will assess your listening, reading, and grammar. You will also be asked to provide a writing sample and take a speaking test.

We have five levels of instruction:

  • Level One (CEFR A-1)
  • Level Two (CEFR A-2)
  • Level Three (CEFR B-1)
  • Level Four (CEFR B-2)
  • Level Five (CEFR C-1) 


Students are promoted from one level to the next when they have achieved a class average of 70% or higher. Students entering our program with at Level One can expect to spend five to six terms (approximately one year) studying English to develop the proficiency needed to enter a university in the United States. 

▼   Curriculum and Materials

Strong academics are important and the English Language Center at USA offers excellent academic preparation with faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and helping students reach their maximum potential. Our classes focus on academic vocabulary and skills you will need for success in university classes.

A full list of our textbooks is available here.

▼   University Admission

Many of the students in the English Language Center are improving their English with the goal of obtaining admission to a degree program at the University of South Alabama. International students must demonstrate proficiency in English to gain admission. Students applying for admission to undergraduate studies may demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Option One

Students can be recommended for admission to the University by the Director of the English Language Center if they meet the following program requirements:

Passing all level five ELC courses with a final grade of 70% or better.
Achieving a CaMLA score of 61 or better.


Option Two

TOEFL score of 61 or better OR
ACT English subject score of 19 or better OR
SAT Reading score of 24 or better OR
A, B, or C on Advanced level English Examinations from the United Kingdom OR
IELTS Academic score of 5.5 or better OR
iTEP Academic Plus score of 3.6 or better OR
Pearsons (PTE Academic) score of 44


Students applying to a graduate degree program must demonstrate English proficiency as follows:

Minimum TOEFL score of 71 OR 
Minimum IELTS score of 6 OR
Minimum iTEP score 3.7 OR
Minimum Pearsons (PTE Academic) score 48


Please note that some programs may require higher scores to prove English proficiency. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit TOEFL results.

Note: Because it can take three (3) weeks or longer to receive TOEFL or IELTS scores, students are responsible for scheduling examination dates in time for the scores to arrive before the University's admission deadlines.  Please refer to the USA Bulletin for all admission policies and procedures that are applicable for the semester in which you are interested in applying.

The ELC Student Services Coordinator, Justine Burbank, is available to assist students with scheduling of such tests. She can also help students with the application process.

See Immigration and International Admissions for the complete list of university admissions requirements.

▼   Class Times

Full-time students have twenty hours of instruction each week.

Class Schedule