Programs of Study
Non-credit English language study
Upon arriving at Chatham, students take a placement test and are placed in one of ten levels of instruction.
- 1A & 1B: Basic
- 2A & 2B: Low Intermediate
- 3A & 3B: Intermediate
Students in these levels will take skill-based courses that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and grammar. They may also take a course in U.S. culture.
- 4A & 4B: High Intermediate
- 5A & 5B: Advanced
Students in these levels take both skill-based courses and content-based courses. Content-based courses focus on such topics as:
- U.S. Culture
- U.S. Literature
- U.S. History
- Other courses adapted from Chatham’s undergraduate curriculum, and co-taught by faculty from various academic departments.
Degree Students and Non-Degree Academic Exchange Students
The ELP offers rigorous English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes to nonnative English speaking (NNES) degree and non-degree students. Students combine enrollment in EAP courses with mainstream academic coursework.
English Placement Test
Just like native English speaking students, who need to take placement tests in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing skills upon arrival on campus, all NNES undergraduate students are required to take placement tests in English proficiency along with Mathematics during new student orientation. The ELP then recommends EAP courses based on the student’s placement test scores. Just like U.S. American students who earn credits and meet general education requirements by taking foreign language courses, NNES undergraduate students earn credits towards their degree and meet Chatham general requirements by taking EAP courses.
Depending on the students’ TOEFL or IELTS scores, graduate students may be required to take an English placement test upon arrival. Recommendation of what language course(s) students need to take is determined by the students’ TOEFL or IELTS scores, their performance on the placement exam, and specific requirements from their graduate programs.