PSU Begins English as Second Language Program

September 4th, 2009 by Adam

Plymouth State University is a new host institution to ELS Language Centers (ELS), a highly regarded organization that will begin the formal teaching of multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from around the world starting this fall. The newly renovated Mary Lyon Hall is home to ELS with offices, classrooms and a Language Technology Center. ELS international students will have opportunity to reside in Mary Lyon or participate in a home stay program in Plymouth while taking ESL courses.

ELS operates continuously in 4-week sessions, 52 weeks per year, consisting of six classes per day. Upon arrival, students take a placement exam to determine their beginning level of language proficiency. PSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs Dick Hage said Plymouth will be a popular site for international students to study English.

“The University and all of our students will benefit greatly both from the richness of diversity this program will bring to campus and from enhanced international student enrollment,” Hage said.

ELS Director Gonzalo Isidro-Bruno said seven students have already been admitted, including citizens from Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia.

“I am positive that ELS students will find that PSU is the ideal setting to maximize intensive language learning,” said Bruno. “Not only will they have continuous classes during the day, but they will be able to socialize and participate in numerous extracurricular activities with PSU students, faculty, and staff. Plymouth is a wonderful place for students to study, and ELS is delighted to be opening a new center here.”

With over 50 locations around the U.S, ELS Language Centers is the largest network of campus-based English language instruction centers in the world. Since opening its first center in 1961, ELS has helped over 1,000,000 international students from 140 countries around the world learn English. Building on its many years of experience in preparing internationals for university study in the United States, ELS has developed its own unique curriculum, branded textbooks and language-learning software.

As an ELS affiliate partner school, PSU already recognizes the completion of ELS Intensive Level coursework as meeting its English language proficiency requirement, and will issue a letter of conditional admission to students who meet all other PSU admission requirements and plan to fulfill the language proficiency requirement through ELS study.

For more information about the ELS program, see or email .

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or

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