05/English Language Studies Program

Mission Statement and Purposes

ELSP in Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America is a place that offers diverse educational
and cultural classes and seeks to serve the community within a cooperative and nurturing
environment. ESL Program exists to identify and accentuate the strength and personhood of each individual through its
classes and activities. Through an interactive and diverse approach to teaching in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all academic areas we respond to the educational goal of each student. This sense of connection develops English language proficiency.

The objectives for ELSP

The objectives of the ELSP are to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency, to develop proficiency in the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop competence in intercultural interactions, and to encourage participation in the advanced education curriculum and in extracurricular activities in our school.

ELSP Method of Instruction

PTSA ELSP provides varied classes focused on development of general English language skills.
These classes usually address English language skills development in the context of topics or functions of daily life, such as going to the doctor’s office, shopping, or visiting a museum. Giving students the opportunity to interact with the teacher and with each other, planning instruction around tasks that promote field trips, outdoor activities, and teaching language forms in the context of meaningful learning activities are applications of second language research to the classroom environment.
PTSA ELSP employs several different approaches to language acquisition and ELSP techniques that match the diverse needs, motivations, and goals of the learners and provide opportunities for interaction, problem solving, and task-based learning where learners can use English.
PTSA ELSP teachers use technology both as an instructional tool such as integrating multimedia packages and PowerPoint presentations into instruction and as instructional content itself for example learning word processing programs, using the Web to access information, and using English through email communications, watching document films, movies and dramas. ELSP teachers use technology to expand or individualize learning inside and outside the classroom in accordance with learners’ language proficiency, preferences, and needs and to potentially reach learners for individualized activity stations and self-access learning labs.

General Admission Requirements

Those admitted to the ELSP are required to:
  • check Be 18 years of age or over.
  • check Have a high school certificate of graduation, or a GED.
  • check Have the endorsement of the ELSP faculty committee (consisting of the Director of ELSP and core group of teachers)

ELSP Academics

Curriculum ELSP is organized at six achievement levels:

  • Level


    Beginning Level | 0 hours/week; 300 hours/semester
  • Level


    High Beginning-Low Intermediate | 0 hours/week; 300 hours/semester
  • Level


    Low Intermediate-Intermediate | 0 hours/week; 300 hours/semester
  • Level


    Intermediate-High Intermediate| 0 hours/week; 300 hours semester
  • Level


    High Intermediate-Low Advanced | 0 hours/week; 300 hours/semester
  • Level


    Low Advanced-Advanced/ TOEFL prep| 0 hours/week; 300 hours/semester
Total hours per class per week: 4 hours/week
Total hours per week: 20 hours
Total hours per semester: 300 hours (Fall, spring and summer)
Total hours per program: 1,800 hours