This virtual help desk
is designed to help ESL students and their instructors at Washington State
What is ESL?
ESL stands for 'English as a second language', but 'second' here is used
just to mean not first or not native language.
is an ESL Student? ESL student in this context means any
student who does not have English as his or her native language.
an ESL Help Desk? ESL students face all the challenges that any
other student at WSU faces PLUS the problems raised by working in a
second language. Many ESL students, moreover, are far from their
homes; they are often from cultures with very different customs and
expectations and have been educated in very different school systems.
ESL students, besides having the typical adaptations to make to the
university, must deal with language, culture, and education differences.
We want to provide information, advice, and support to these students
and to the faculty who have ESL students in their classes and as their
runs this site? I am Lynn Gordon, linguist and associate professor
in the English Department; I manage this site with the assistance of
all the people who teach ESL here at WSU. I am available by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (509) 335-2117.
Check out my individual Web page at http://www.wsu.edu/~gordonl/.
- In every ESL class,
we are asking each student to fill out a student
g thstudent's AML orientation.
- The course syllabi and blogs
for English 104, 303, 403 for the Spring semester of 2009 are
available on the Student
- To enroll in
ANY freshman-level English course (101, 100, 104, 105), students must
take the Writing Placement Exam. This is university policy. There
are NO exceptions to this policy. This is a requirement for students
who MUST take a freshman level class (e.g., those earning a degree
here) and those who merely WANT to take a freshman level class (e.g.,
those -- such as exchange students -- who enroll for personal enrichment).
- Early enrollment is encouraged in all
ESL classes. Students should NOT wait until the last minute to
try to enroll. Space is very limited. Once a student has a placement
from the Writing Placement test, he/she should be able to enroll
via the METRO
- Exchange students, graduate students,
international faculty, and international postdocs are welcome
to enroll in our classes. Nevertheless, they must also take the
Writing Placment test. They also need to understand that if a
class becomes impacted, they will be asked to drop since priority
is ALWAYS given to degree-seeking undergraduates. In most cases,
the ESL Program can arrange an alternative.
enroll in English 403, you MUST:
- Be an undergraduate who is planning to get
a degree at WSU. If you are a graduate student or an exchange
student, enroll in English 303.
- Be a bilingual or a speaker of English as
a second language.
- Have completely submitted the portfolio
(including the three signed papers and the timed writing).
If you haven't done this, and can't do this before the first day
of class, you should not enroll in English 403. Please read
for more information on the portfolio.
- Have received your results on the portfolio
by the first day of class. If you are awaiting results, please
contact the Writing Portfolio Office in CUE 305 for more information.
- Have arranged to take any "needs work" from
the portfolio. If the assessment on your portfolio was "needs
work", you must have taken any needs work before the first
day of class -- or be concurrently enrolled.