English Studies at UHL

As UHL’s student body has grown, representing more than 15 countries worldwide, it has become clear that making English courses available to our non-native English students could only benefit their pursuit of higher learning. In the fall of 1999, UHL offered its first English-As-A-Second Language course.

Using the model of the Israeli "ulpan-style" language study, UHL has developed an "ESL Ulpan" for non-native English speakers. Each of the levels is designed to build upon the preceding course and includes conversation, listening and reading comprehension, writing, sentence structure and grammar. The courses are suitable for both the international community and local residents.

The ESL courses can be taken for credit (3-credits per semester) or for audit. Courses taken for credit incorporate regular homework assignments, class projects, quizzes, midterms, and final exams. An assessment of each student’s English level is made before enrollment to determine which level is appropriate. Students requiring intensive English studies before matriculation to Masters degrees are required to enroll in a full-time capacity in UHL’s Preparation Program.

Preparation Program

The Preparation Program is an active, important part of the academic setting of UHL. Its primary purpose is to enable non-English speaking individuals to reach a level of competency that will allow them to study and realize their academic goals – whether at UHL or at another educational institution. The Prep Program is an academic program with the same type of requirements and guidelines as any other academic program: attendance, absentee restrictions, homework assignments and exams, to name a few. The design of the program is to provide an environment of advancing English language skills to a level commensurate with graduate studies. A student cannot remain indefinitely in the Preparation Program. The program incorporates advancement and promotion as fundamental agents to moving a student from the Preparation program into a degree program.

PRE – TESTING: At the beginning of each semester, new students will be tested and placed in the appropriate level of study. Student placement is at the instructor's discretion, NOT the student's.

PROMOTION: Returning UHL students move to the next level ONLY upon successful completion of the current level – which includes class attendance, homework, and class participation as well as successful completion of a final exam (both written and oral, as required).

REPEATS: UHL students may repeat a level while taking the next level (for example, after completing Level I, a student can repeat Level I for review while taking Level II), but again, this may be done only at the discretion of the teacher. No student will be allowed to sit in a higher level of study except for Level 6 – Academic English. Placement in Level 6 will be at the instructor's discretion. A student is allowed to repeat a level only two additional times without being placed on academic probation.

ATTENDANCE: For all UHL Preparation Program students attendance will be taken and monitored. For more than 3 absences for any reason, the level may have to be repeated. For more than 4 absences, the student may be expelled from the Preparation Program. (Appeal to the Academic Affairs Committee or instructor’s discretion can be applied on an individual basis as deemed necessary.)

EXTRAS: All levels of the Preparation program are allowed to take one additional academic UHL course or one additional UHL Biblical language course for credit or audit. The UHL wishes to see all students progress in their educational goals. The Preparation program is, first and foremost, designed to give non-English speakers language skills in English. However, students at all levels of Preparation program will be given exposure to academics and other Biblical languages as long as these courses do not interfere with their English studies.

COMPLIANCE: UHL students must comply with the school policy that the ESL/Prep studies are to be their primary focus. External studies such as Hebrew Ulpan can be taken only if they do not conflict with the ESL/Prep class times. Other outside activities should also not conflict with the study program. Absences due to outside studies or activities will not be considered excused absences unless special permission has been granted by the instructor. UHL students who violate the absentee policy may face academic probation or expulsion from the program.

It is important to note that if placed on academic probation, the student must perform the corrective actions to the acceptance of the UHL Academic Committee. If corrective actions are not acceptable, the next step will be removal from the program due to violation of the above guidelines. At this point, the UHL is responsible to report the student to the Ministry of the Interior. Such a report can result in the expulsion from the program, cancellation of the student visa, and the necessity for the student to leave the country.