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Courses in the Accelerated Mountaineer Program for English as a Second Language Online Preparatory (AMP ESL PREP) allow students who are not quite ready for the AMP ESL Program to work on ESL skills at home before traveling to the WVU campus in Morgantown, WV.  AMP ESL Prep courses online help to make integration and transition to college life for international students as easy as possible with experienced instructors who provide linguistic and cultural guidance.  Student support is an important factor in all ELLI language programs. Additional student support is available outside of regular class time.

Students may choose to study from home in the AMP ESL PREP Online advanced program if students do not have test scores or their test scores do not qualify for either of the AMP ESL programs. The AMP ESL PREP Online advanced program provides students with advanced curriculum in ESL with core and integrated skills courses which are not credit-bearing.  Following completion of the AMP ESL PREP Online Program, students will require appropriate iBT TOEFL or IELTS test scores to enroll in the AMP ESL Two-Semester or One-Semester Paths.

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Students in the AMP ESL PREP program follow a core curriculum of Communication Skills, Grammar, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Integrated Skills courses.

The goals of the curriculum include:

  • Providing instruction and training in the English language
  • Familiarizing international students with the educational methods of higher education institutions in the United States.

The curriculum is structured over 16 weeks for fall and spring semesters.  The summer semester is more intensive with the online curriculum structured within 12 weeks.  Each week consists of a minimum 18 hours of online-classroom instructional time.  Additional language contact hours are presented in a variety of English based activities.

Course Description

Full-time students in the AMP ESL PREP Program attend classes for a minimum of 18 hours per week. During the fall and spring semesters, students follow the regular university calendar and schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes of 50 minutes and Tuesday and Thursday classes of 75 minutes each.
 International Students at WVU seeking extra training in English as a Second Language may now enroll in any of the AMP-ESL courses.  Check with your advisor today!