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ESL Community Education

Intensive English Language Learning

The mission of the ESL Community Education is to provide high quality non-credit ESL courses that equip developing English language students with the skills necessary to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, grammar, communication, and listening skills. The mission of the intensive English language program UVU is to help non-native English-speaking students understand and successfully use academic English at an American university. To accomplish this goal, our faculty and coursework provide a broad range of excellent academic and social opportunities. These opportunities help students develop and show proficiency in the skills of reading, writing, grammar and listening/speaking.
Anyone can register for ESL classes. You do not need to be an enrolled student at UVU. Must be an enrolled student at UVU to participate in the program.
The program offers an introductory course as well as 4 levels of English. Each level has two courses: Listening & Speaking and Reading, Writing, and Grammar. The program has six levels of study. Classes focus on the skills of Listening/Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, and Grammar. Level six students who qualify may take the TOEFL Preparation class in place of one other class.
Courses are comprised of 17 sessions and meet twice a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reading, Writing, and Grammar courses are offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Listening & Speaking courses are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The program offers two fifteen-week semesters, fall and spring. Student senroll for 18 credit hours per semester (4 classes) and are in class for twenty hours per week. Classes are offered during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and in the evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
The program offers 4 terms that last two months each (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). The program also offers two seven-week blocks during summer semester. Students are in class 18-19 hours per week each block. Students take 2 classes during one block and 2 classes in the other block. Classes are offered during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Students who complete each leave will receive a certificate of completion. University credit is not awarded for these courses. Each level takes one 15-week semester to complete. Level 6 students receive a completion certificate.
  All Courses are credit-bearing and count toward a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) and appear on his or her transcripts.

Set an Appointment

For more information or to schedule a free placement exam, please call us at 801.863.7333 or send an email to ceesl@uvu.edu. (Karen and Briana info)

Our Teachers

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Susan Guinn

My name is Susan Guinn. I have my Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Bachelors degree in Mandarin Chinese. I have lived and studied in China. I taught beginning Mandarin at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) at BYU while I was a student. Since then, I have taughtESL for elementary school students as well as adults. For the past few years, I have worked with the MTC to create ESL materials for the worldwide EnglishConnect program. I love taking Art classes at UVU. I have a passion for creating language materials and am currently working toward a degree in Instructional Design and Technology. I have four children and three dogs and I love Korean dramas.

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Sofia Ybarra

My name is Sofia Ybarra. I graduated with my BA degree from UVU, and received my ESL teaching certification from Anaheim University. I've worked in the field of English language teaching, learning, and curriculum development in many capacities, including as an English teacher in China, working with the community Headstart Action program, as an ESL tutor, and at the Utah County Health Department. I've taught in UVU's community education program for over 6 years now, and love it. I am passionate about teaching, and love the opportunity it gives me to meet so many unique people with diverse stories, skills, and experiences. I'm committed to helping my students succeed and reach their goals.

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Andi Pulu

My name is Andi Pulu. I received my bachelor’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Hawaii, where I had the opportunity of tutoring and teaching students from a large variety of language backgrounds. I have been teaching the English Language for over 10 years in Hawaii, Japan, California & Utah. I love connecting with students on the level they are at and helping them feel encouraged and motivated to progress.

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Hilda Woodbury

My name is Hilda Woodbury. I’ve taught ESL for 20 years. I’ve taught at UVU, Provo College, Provo High School, and several international schools. I taught EFL in Saudi Arabia for five years. I love teaching. It gives me the opportunity to meet great and wonderful people.

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M. Harvey Taylor

My name is Mr. M. HarveyTaylor. I have been a teacher for 37 years. I retired from Alpine School District and has been an Adjunct Professor for UVU in the Continuing Ed. Department for the past 7 years teaching Computer Coding and ESL. I earned my Teaching Degree and ESL Endorsement from BYU. I am married and I have 4 sons. I am Bilingual and enjoy teaching English as a second language. During the past 7 years at UVU I have taught all four levels of Listening & Speaking, and all four levels of Reading Writing & Grammar in the ESLprogram. Though I am retired, I still love teaching English to anyone needing more help with the language.

Former Students

Faculty & Staff

Vincente Savala

I strongly recommend the English courses that UVU offers, specifically the ESL Program (English as a Second Language). They are very good for us because the courses are designed to help us get involved in any activity or role that we have in our daily lives. These programs are focused on the necessity of communicating well in any scenario. The teachers are very professional, they have the skills to teach us and always look for ways to teach us dynamically.

Faculty & Staff

Jhoseline Garzon

I am Jhoseline Garzon, a 37-year-old Venezuelan native. I studied in Venezuela and received a degree in Nursing. Now that I am living in the United States, I have the personal and professional goal of mastering the English language to be able to register and validate my university degree here. This goal led me to investigate and learn about UVU’s community program. I am grateful to this program, not only for the help in the evolution of my learning, but in different moments of sharing that we had during the 4 levels studied. I chose to continue my English study in the UVU ELL Intensive English program. In my personal experience, the community course was a big step in my evolution of communication in English, as well as meeting people and sharing common needs.

Community Education Staff

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