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Continuing Education
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute Program is intended for continuing education students who are interested in studying ONLY English as a Second Language (ESL) and who do not plan to pursue academic coursework at the undergraduate level at Oakland University.    The program that  the ESL Center offers is designed to meet the educational needs of our full-time ESL students and to comply with English USA accreditation standards. These students are required to enroll in four ESL classes during the fall and winter semesters and three courses during the summer semesters. After completing the initial online placement test, students are placed into a specific level for the three core course areas of  reading, writing, and speaking/listening which are taught at four proficiency levels. For the fourth course, recommendations are given to each student based on the student's language abilities and needs.  Possible recommendations include a course  for academic communications  which is offered at four levels (foundations, beginning, intermediate and advanced), English grammar (online course) which is offered for  one level  (intermediate or advanced) ), or test preparation (partially online) which is offered for one level (advanced only). In addition, during the fall and winter terms, the ESL Center employs a graduate assistant who provides small group and one-on-one tutoring by appointment for free.


  • Continuing education students in the ESL Institute enroll in an intensive ESL program each term.  
  • During the fall and winter semesters the classes are 16 weeks long.  During the summer, there are two sessions that are each 8 weeks long.
  • Final exams are given at the end of each semester following the Oakland University final exam schedule.
  • Full-time students must enroll in four ESL classes each fall and winter semester at their placement level and three ESL classes each Summer I and Summer II semester.
  • Students do NOT receive academic credit for these courses; however, students may receive a certificate of completion if enrolled full-time and complete all courses satisfactorily (4 courses per semester which equals 16 hours).
Admitted Students
For students who want to earn an academic degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral) from Oakland University or another American college or university.

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Note: Students who do NOT want to pursue an academic degree and who want to take ONLY ESL classes to improve their ability to communicate in English should contact the ESL Institute.

The Oakland University English as a Second Language Program is available to J-1 exchange students each semester.  Non-matriculating exchange students have the option of taking up to three courses (4 credits each) in speaking and listening comprehension, reading and vocabulary development, and writing and sentence structure with other international students.  A maximum of twelve OU credits per term can be earned. Please note that students must take an online placement test before registering for English language classes. 

During the fall and winter terms, free workshops are offered to ESL students on a variety of topics to enhance students' learning.  In addition, the ESL Center employs a graduate assistant who provides small group and one-on-one tutoring by appointment for free.

Individual Instruction Program (Non-Credit)

Individual instruction in English as a second language is offered through the ESL Center and can begin at anytime during the academic year. Sessions are arranged individually and designed to meet the students' individual language needs.

There is a $45 per hour fee for instruction with a minimum of 16 hours of instruction required (supplies and books are extra). A contract will be issued showing the course of study, number of hours, number of weeks, tuition cost, instructor’s name, etc.

A signed contract and full payment for all hours contracted is required before instruction may begin. The meeting time and place will be determined between the instructor and the student.

An informational form must be completed to initiate the process.

Corporate ESL

Corporations interested in providing English as a Second Language instruction to their employees are encouraged to contact the ESL Center for further information.

Linda Hubarth, Office Assistant II
Department of Linguistics ESL Center
1024 Human Health Building (HHB), Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2175
Accent Reduction

The ESL Center offers a customized Accent Reduction Program. The training program is ten weeks and can be designed to fit your employee's work schedule. The instructor for this training will be an ESL Center Instructor from Oakland University's Department of Linguistics ESL Center.

Accent Reduction Training is a customized accent-training course that has been developed specifically for busy professionals. This course will focus on each participant's accent reduction needs as well as on the sounds, stress patterns, rhythms and intonation patterns of American English.

The course objectives are:

  • To identify participants' difficulties with American English sounds, stress and intonation patterns.
  • To assist participants to hear and learn the differences between American English sounds.
  • To produce and practice the troubled sounds to improve participants' American accent.

Each student will receive weekly feedback and assessment of their pronunciation skills and improvement. Due to the customized nature of the course, each course will accommodate 10 students (maximum).

                  Training Schedule and Topics
                  Week 1: Participants take American Speech Inventory diagnostic
                  Week 2: International Phonetic Alphabet; English Sounds
                  Week 3: English Sounds
                  Week 4: Syllable Stress
                  Week 5: Vowel and Consonant Length
                  Week 6: Word Stress and Phrasing; Content Words and Function Words
                  Week 7: Intonation
                  Week 8: Using a Dictionary for Pronunciation
                  Week 9: Review and practice American speech problems common to the class
                  Week 10: Review and practice American speech problems common to the class            

The course will use a combination of instructor-prepared materials and the textbook Mastering the American Accent by Lisa Mojsin. The book includes CDs for students to use at home. These materials are included in the course fee.

The cost per employee at the Oakland University campus is $750.00.  This includes the cost of all materials, textbooks, software, use of the language laboratory, and instructor salary. 

For more information contact PACE:   248-370-4861