ESL Support

We are dedicated to helping international students succeed in the classroom, improve their conversational English and gain a broad understanding of American culture and life. 

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English proficiency or enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program for conditional admission to LeTourneau University. English proficiency can be demonstrated in a variety of ways:  a minimum TOEFL score of  80 on the Internet-based version, 197 on the computer-based, 525 on the paper-based, or a minimum of 6.0 on the IELTS meets the minimum proficiency requirement for full admission to the undergraduate program. 

LeTourneau University offers an ESL program for students already at an intermediate or advanced proficiency level in English.  Students may enroll for 12 hours per semester at either the intermediate or advanced level.   Students must enter the program with a working knowledge of English due to the fact that these classes are designed to prepare students for academic performance and degree completion at LeTourneau University.

*Please note that there is not a beginner level in the ESL program.*

The English for Speakers of Other Languages support (ESOL) courses taught by Dr. Ignacio Palacios  provide an overview of everyday English language and American society. Coursework focuses on both the technical side of English (idioms, structure, etc.) and speaking by incorporating presentations, classroom exercises, trips and one-on-one time with current LETU speakers.

Coursework may include:

ENGL 1004 College Writing
ESOL 0743 ESL for the Chosen Profession
ESOL 0813 ESL Oral Communication Skills
ESOL 0823 ESL Integrated Skills for Level 2:Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
ESOL 0833 ESL Writing and Language Development

Dr. Ignacio Palacios


Dr. Palacios has an M.A. in English as a Second Language, and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Rhetoric and Linguistics. He has been with LETU for three years and in addition to our ESOL classes, teaches courses in world literature and English review. 

Dr. Palacios has also previously taught English, TESOL and Spanish Courses during his career. 

“For our ESL program at LETU, I foresee students learning the English language for academic settings, immersed in an English speaking environment, enjoying cultural experiences to enhance the learning process.” 

--Dr. Ignacio Palacios

Dr. Palacios is married with two adult sons. As a hobby, he enjoys making marionettes and piƱatas.


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