University of St. Martin adapts course to meet European standard

POSTED: 08/3/11 1:12 PM

St. Maarten – Students who successfully complete courses of English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of St. Martin (USM) will now be able to transfer into other ESL courses in other countries that follow the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. The ESL courses at USM have been revamped and the first one is scheduled to run from August 15, 2011 to October 17, 2011. Classes will meet for 40 hours in total.

According to USM Humanities Division Head, drs. Mariska Dias, the ESL courses have been reorganized and will now follow European standards for learning languages which are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. This will allow students who have completed an ESL level 2 course to qualify for an ESL level 3 course in amongst others France and Spain. This offers the students flexibility and the possibility of learning English on St. Maarten and continuing with this elsewhere.

The ESL courses at the USM will focus on the five competences which include reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. USM is also using new textbooks published by the Cambridge University Press for the ESL courses. This textbook focuses on current topics such as ‘The world around us and the human endeavor.’  There is also a review examination at the end of each unit.

The ESL courses are designed for people who want to learn English or want to improve their basic knowledge of the English language. Registration has already opened and a placement exam will be administered on August 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and August 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

People who want more information on the ESL courses at USM can contact the USM admissions office at 542-5171 extension 1008.

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