English for Speakers of Other Languages

The following applies to all degree programs and to all special students.

Degree-seeking students whose first language is not English and do not hold a university degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English, will be required to participate in a written assessment during Candler’s fall orientation. Those whose assessments indicate a need for additional support in written communication will be required to take TESL300, Theology- English as a Second Language: Academic Writing for Graduate Theology Students, in the fall semester. An oral assessment also will be required later in the fall semester. Those whose assessments indicate a need for additional support in oral communication will be required to take TESL301, Theology-English as a Second Language: Academic Listening/ Speaking for Graduate Theology Students, in the spring semester. Although offered for credit, TESL courses are graded on an S/U basis and will not be counted toward curriculum requirements for graduation. Students required to enroll in TESL300 will be eligible to take an additional summer school three credit course tuition free. ESOL tutors are available to meet with students throughout the academic year. Other non-native speakers are encouraged to take the assessments and, where appropriate, to enroll in TESL300 and TESL301. For more information, contact the assistant dean of student life and spiritual formation at 404.727.4430.