UW-Platteville's ELP (ESL) Program will serve both prospective international students who meet all admission requirements except for their English language proficiency and non-academically bound students who are interested in improving their English language proficiency and/or understanding of the U.S. culture for professional and/or personal development.

ELP classes are small, so students receive the personal attention they need for maximum progress in learning English. Language skills are part of every course so that students will use the language, not just study about the language, and apply what they learn to real world situations.

Beginning I

Students at the Beginning I level will have a limited understanding of English with some previous experience with the language in elementary school, high school, a language institutes, and/or at home. This level is designed to guide the learner to develop a beginning vocabulary, recognize key words and main ideas in contexts, answer questions using content words, and write using basic sentence structures. Beginning I level instruction classes consist of:

  • Elementary English I
  • English Conversations I
  • Beginning Reading and Writing I
  • Special Topics for Beginning I

Beginning II

Students at the Beginning II level will broaden their grammatical understanding, extend upon vocabulary, and make connections among ideas through oral and written communication practice. Students will begin to identify the gist of content to advance comprehension skills and to develop abilities to express ideas with increased clarity and detail. Beginning II level instruction classes consist of:

  • Elementary English II
  • English Conversations II
  • Beginning Reading and Writing II
  • Special Topics for Beginning II


Students at the Intermediate level are approaching readiness for academic study but still have some significant weaknesses using their English skills. This level is designed to broaden and deepen students' linguistic foundation as well as to refine their language skills within a communicative academic context. Intermediate level instruction classes consist of:

  • Intermediate Listening and Speaking
  • Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary
  • Intermediate Writing and Grammar
  • U.S. Culture
  • Special Topics for Intermediate Level (elective)

Advanced I

Students at the Advanced I level will focus on improving their general language proficiency for practical, social, academic, and intercultural needs.  Instruction at this level is designed to familiarize students with organizing, paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing in English in both spoken and written forms. Advanced I level classes consist of:

  • Advanced Listening and Speaking
  • Advanced Reading and Vocabulary
  • Advanced Writing and Grammar
  • Topics in U.S. Higher Education
  • Special Topics for Advanced I Level (elective)

Advanced II

Students at the Advanced II level are nearly ready to begin academic study or participate with confidence in professional settings.  ELP courses at Advanced II level will focus on improving students’ academic language proficiency and preparing them for success in college-level courses. Advanced II level classes consist of:

  • Academic Listening and Note-Taking
  • Academic Speaking
  • Advanced Academic Reading and Writing
  • Special Topics for Advanced II/Bridging Level (elective)


What is the ELP Bridge Program?

Bridging in the ELP program offers English language courses for students who want to begin undergraduate course study at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. When bridging students take ELP courses, they participate in activities that strengthen their academic English skills, university cultural understanding, academic integrity, and communication abilities in higher education. In this transitioning process, students have a learning support network to help them become a part of the university community in their chosen field of study.

When can bridging students begin undergraduate degree studies?

Students bridging in the ELP generally take 1 or 2 semesters, before enrolling full-time in undergraduate courses. At the beginning of each semester ELP students take a placement test to determine their level of English language ability. To meet the English language proficiency requirements and be allowed to bridge, students must test into Advanced I or Advanced II level with a GPA of 89% or higher for their final ELP session.

Can ELP bridging students be admitted to an undergraduate degree program by taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam?

If after taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam, students' exam scores meet the minimum requirements for undergraduate study and if the students have good academic standing in their ELP program, bridging students can begin the admissions process to an undergraduate degree program.

ELP: CASA Program

Community Friendship

Build relationships, experience U.S. culture and share your experiences through the CASA program (Community Ambassadors for Students from Abroad)

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