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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center For English Language Education (CELE)

Program Director Autumn Witt
Programs Supported English as a Second Language (ESL), International Student Association
The Center for English Language Education (CELE) was established at Northwest University to facilitate the University’s commitment to global exchange through providing academic ESL training for international students and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and friendship among Northwest University’s diverse student body.

University Service

Serving a university community of scholars and learners, the Center for English Language Education proposes to develop and maintain programs of instruction, research, and professional services which provide opportunities to:

  • facilitate language acquisition and cross-cultural communication;
  • advise the NU community on issues of cultural diversity and facilitate interpersonal adjustments needed for cross-cultural living and service ; and to
  • form network relationships with international agencies, schools, and students in order to expedite cross-cultural interactions.

International Partnerships

As a representative of Northwest University, CELE has entered into partner relationships with top universities in Korea: Ewha Womans University, Soongsil University, Gachon (Kyungwon) University, Hansei University, Handong Global University, and Seoul Christian University. CELE continues to seek beneficial international partnerships.

The partnerships include:

  • tuition exchange agreements for NU and Korean exchange students for 1-2 semesters of study
  • visiting professor exchange opportunities
  • research partnerships

English as a Second Language

The ESL program enables international students to develop the necessary skill in academic English for admission into University baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. It also provides opportunity for students who want a semester abroad experience at Northwest University to develop their English skills, and to experience American culture while studying ESL in a Christian academic environment.

Students will:

  • become more proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • gain a broader understanding of American culture and make friends with American Christian students and professors.
  • develop study skills necessary for success in an American university.
  • gain academic English skills by auditing undergraduate classes at Northwest University and participating in various programs of the University.
  • Enjoy numerous cultural fieldtrips and friendship dinners to enhance their academic experience.
  • CELE Graduates are conditionally admitted into Northwest University.

ESL students are enrolled in a full-time program of study that involves twelve credit hours of ESL study: Writing, Speaking, Reading, Listening, Grammar, and Pronunciation & Vocabulary. In addition, students may audit 1-2 undergraduate courses each semester for the standard auditing rate.

The total English preparation will involve 20-26 in-class hours per week.

For application forms and further information:

Email: cele@northwestu.edu
Phone: 1-425-889-5335

Course Sequence

The following tracks of study are advised. Students test into level 1, 2, or 3 upon arrival using the Michigan Test. Advancing to the next level is also based on demonstrating competency through exit exams and earning an average grade of 85% in the current semester classes. Students will typically need to pass level 3 before being able to pass the exit exam, though some students may sufficiently excel in level 2, and they may opt out of level 3 if their Michigan test and essay writing score is high enough to qualify to matriculate.

Level I Level II Level III
LANG 0123 Grammar I LANG 0323 Grammar II LANG 0523 Grammar III
LANG 0133 Writing Foundations LANG 0333 Writing and Reading LANG 0533 Research writing
LANG 0143 Reading and Vocabulary I LANG 0343 Reading and Vocabulary II LANG 0543 Reading and Vocabulary III
LANG 0163 Speaking & Pronunciation I LANG 0363 Speaking & Pronunciation II LANG 0563 Speaking & Pronunciation III
LANG 0173 Listening and Notetaking I LANG 0373 Listening and Notetaking II LANG 0573 Listening and Notetaking III

LANG 0733 Worldview Writing Lab Required for students planning to matriculate into NU as an undergraduate.


Students will take the Michigan Test at the end of each semester to determine if they advance to the next level of classes (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced) and if they are academically qualified matriculate into either undergraduate or graduate programs. Undergraduate students must also demonstrate that they meet the lifestyle standards of NU as demonstrated in the LANG 0733 – Worldview Writing Lab or other interactions with CELE faculty or pastoral figures.

Exit Test cut-scores   Michigan TOEFL iBT
Level 3b Grad Entrance 84 100
Level 3a NU Entrance 73-83 68-69
Level 2b   65-72 54-67
Level 2a   59-64 41-53
Level 1b   36-58 17-40
Level 1a   -35 -17
Total Score: /120 Essay Writing: /5
Grammar: /40 Matriculation Score  
Reading Fluency: /20   4.5 for Undergraduate  
Vocabulary: /40   5 for Graduate  
Reading Comprehension: /20