The Semester for Academic Language Success (SALS) at New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University is an English-language immersion experience designed to provide international students with the academic and social language skills needed to successfully complete their undergraduate degrees.
International students are required to take 12 credit hours of language and culture courses during their first semester. Students may enroll in one additional course that can be applied to their program of study. All credit hours accumulated in SALS are applied to students’ bachelor’s degree.
To be eligible for SALS, students must meet the minimum English-language proficiency requirements to gain admittance to Plymouth State (see below).
- Full admission to the undergraduate program at Plymouth State University
- Twelve elective credit hours of language and culture courses in the first semester that can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree
- Small classes taught by experienced ESL teachers
- Opportunity to choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors and 60 minors
- Enrollment at a regionally ranked university in the United States
Students are required to complete the following four culture and language courses in their first semester:
LL 1021: US Culture and Communication
This course introduces international students to multiple aspects of US culture and provides them with the language skills necessary for successful communication in the classroom and on campus. Through course readings and discussions, students will increase their comprehension, critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and knowledge of English grammar. Students will also have opportunities to collect and analyze data from the community on cultural topics discussed in the classroom.
LL 1022: Academic Reading for English Language Learners
This course is designed to develop the academic reading skills of English language learners preparing for study at a US university. Emphasis is placed on reading complex college-level texts across disciplines. Topics include identifying main ideas, making inferences, generating and forming questions, summarizing, building vocabulary and grammar knowledge, and annotating text. In addition, students will have the opportunity to integrate writing strategies and to develop their communication skills.
LL 1023: Academic Writing for English Language Learners
This course is designed to develop the academic writing skills of English language learners preparing for study at a US university. Emphasis is placed on the process of writing an essay as well as the final product. Particular attention is given to unity and coherence within and across paragraphs, use of transitions, use of outside sources, and patterns of organization. In addition, students will have the opportunity to integrate critical reading strategies and to develop their communication skills.
LL 1024: College Skills for International Students
This course is designed to introduce international students to the expectations of US college life and provide them with the strategies needed to pursue a successful academic career. Students will develop listening, note-taking, test-taking and presentation skills while expanding their knowledge of American campus and classroom culture. Students will also have the opportunity to apply a critical-thinking approach to authentic lectures and peer-reviewed research articles.
International applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE score (see table below) to be considered for the Semester for Academic Language Success.
|English Proficiency Test||Minimum Score Required
|IELTS||5.5 or greater (with no band less than 5.0)|
|TOEFL iBT||61 or greater|
|TOEFL PBT||500 or greater|
|PTE-A||46 or greater|
|ELS||Students achieving Level 112 are accepted into PSU with SALS.|
For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (800) 842-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.