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ESL Institute:
CEU Students

The ESL Institute is for continuing education students who are interested in improving their skills in English. This program offers ESL courses which are designed to meet the educational needs of eligible full-time and part-time ESL students (visa restrictions apply).

  • Four English proficiency levels:  foundations, beginning, intermediate and advanced
  • All ESL students must complete the ESL Online Placement test prior to the beginning of their first semester of attendance.  It may be completed only one time.
  • 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.
  • Free workshops and tutoring available
  • Courses offered in reading, writing, speaking/listening, academic communications, grammar, and test prep
  • Final exams are given at the end of each semester following the Oakland University final exam schedule.
  • 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 CEUs).


Full-time ESL Students (F-1 Visa Holders)
  • Students who are admitted to the ESL Institute as full-time students must enroll in four ESL classes each fall and winter semester and three ESL classes each Summer I and Summer II semester.  
  • Students should follow their ESL Plan of Study for ESL course enrollment information. 
  • This intensive English program complies with English USA accreditation standards. 
Part-time ESL Students
  • Part-time ESL students may take one, two or three ESL courses.
  • Students should follow their ESL Plan of Study for ESL course enrollment information.

Please, note:  Students who wish to apply for undergraduate admissions should apply directly to the university for admissions as an undergraduate student.  If not eligible for full admissions with ESL conditions, students can enroll in only ESL courses and matriculate into academic courses once ESL coursework is completed.

Admitted Students
with ESL Conditions
For students who want to earn an academic degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral) from Oakland University or another American college or university.  You may apply directly to the appropriate degree program.

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.
Exchange Students

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.  
  • The ESL Center employs a graduate assistant who provides workshops, small group meetings, 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.  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.

  • 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.

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