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Certificate Programs

Advanced English Proficiency Certificate

The Certificate of Advanced English Proficiency is an undergraduate certificate designed to prepare non-native speakers to engage in academic and professional work in an English-speaking setting. Entering students must have the equivalency of a high school diploma or greater and must score a minimum of 60 on the MTELP administered by the English Language Center or a 53 on the iBT TOEFL (or equivalent). Participants are required to complete 12 credits in grammar, writing, listening/speaking, and reading/vocabulary English language courses offered at the advanced level. Students will earn an additional three credits by completing one of the optional English language classes designed to enhance fluency.

Students who complete the certificate will be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without hesitation; will use English effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes; and will produce clear, well-structured texts on a variety of subjects showing controlled use of various organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 161 Advanced Grammar
ESL 164 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary
ESL 167 Advanced Composition
ESL 169 Advanced Speaking and Listening
Required Electives (3 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 160 Vocabulary and Idioms of American English –Int/Adv
ESL 174 American Culture: Reading and Speaking
ESL 176 Academic Study Skills for ESL Students
ESL 180 Editing Skills of ESL Writers

Academic English Certification

The Academic English Certification is an undergraduate certificate designed to offer an alternative pathway to admission into UNLV academic majors. Completion of the Academic English Certification with a GPA of 3.0 can be used in lieu of a qualifying score on the TOEFL, MTELP, PTE or IELTS exams. Entering students must have a score of 70 on the MTELP Placement Test. Participants are required to complete 12 credits in advanced grammar, reading, writing and oral English competency skills. In addition, participants must complete 2-3 credits from among the list of elective courses.

Students who complete the Academic English Certification with a GPA of 3.0 will be able to read critically in a variety of genres; write expository essays and academic summaries, use grammatical structures accurately; speak with confidence, fluency and control in formal and informal oral communication.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 162 Advanced Applied Grammar
ESL 165 Advanced Reading and Writing
ESL 168 Advanced Academic Writing
ESL 185 Advanced English Competency
Required Electives (2-3 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 160 Vocabulary and Idioms of American English –Int/Adv
ESL 174 American Culture: Reading and Speaking
ESL 176 Academic Study Skills for ESL Students
ESL 180 Editing Skills of ESL Writers
ESL 380 Advanced Oral Presentation Skills

Overview

The English Language Center offers two certificate programs which provide students with a marketable skill endorsement in English language proficiency as well as an alternative pathway for admission into a UNLV major.

Admission and Placement

  • Incoming AEP and CAP students must apply through UNLV Admissions.
  • Students who want to earn certificates in English language proficiency are placed in classes based on their Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) overall score.
    • Overall MTELP score of 60 places students in the Advanced English Proficiency Certificate (AEP).
    • Overall MTELP score of 70 places students in the Certificate of Academic Proficiency in English (CAP).
  • Completion of the Certificate of Academic Proficiency in English (CAP) with a GPA of 3.0 in all classes results in a waiver of the TOEFL, IELTS, or MTELP admission requirement.

Registration and Classes

  • Students register for AEP and CAP classes in MyUNLV.

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