ESL at FXUA

ESL at FXUA Welcome to the English Language Program at Virginia International University!
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Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to prepare students for academic success. Our students learn the skills necessary to become confident writers, fluent speakers, effective listeners, strong readers, and savvy TOEFL takers. In addition to the traditional language classes and TOEFL preparation, we offer courses in business English, academic vocabulary, and various aspects of American culture. Our students have an opportunity to make lifelong friends with people from all over the world while attending classes, going on field trips, and having fun at our parties, contests, and other social events. This fall, VIU ESL will start to offer the ONLINE ESL program. Are you planning to enroll in one of VIU’s academic programs, but don’t feel as though you are well-equipped with academic English? Or are you currently in an academic program and would like to be better at giving presentations or writing research papers? Join our ESL Online program. Check out the website for more information! Link to the ESL Online website: http://online.viu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142&Itemid=413

Mission: The School of Language Studies, through its English as a Second Language (ESL) program, empowers students with linguistic, academic, and intercultural skills to achieve their goals.

Did you know that on this day in 1882 President Franklin Roosevelt was born?  Mr. Roosevelt was the 32nd president of th...
01/30/2020

Did you know that on this day in 1882 President Franklin Roosevelt was born? Mr. Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States.

Idiom:  cream of the cropMeaning:  the best of allExample sentence: These three students are the best of all of the stud...
01/29/2020

Idiom: cream of the crop
Meaning: the best of all
Example sentence: These three students are the best of all of the students. They are the cream of the crop.

Here are some common capitalization rules in English.1 Capitalize the First Word of a Sentence2 Capitalize Names and Oth...
01/27/2020

Here are some common capitalization rules in English.
1 Capitalize the First Word of a Sentence
2 Capitalize Names and Other Proper Nouns
3 Don’t Capitalize After a Colon (Usually)
4 Capitalize the First Word of a Quote (Sometimes)
5 Capitalize Days, Months, and Holidays, But Not Seasons
6 Capitalize Most Words in Titles
7 Capitalize Cities, Countries, Nationalities, and Languages
8 Capitalize Time Periods and Events (Sometimes)
Are capitalization rules the same in your native language?

Do you know what loanwords are?  Loanwords are words adopted by the speakers of one language from a different language. ...
01/21/2020

Do you know what loanwords are? Loanwords are words adopted by the speakers of one language from a different language. A loanword can also be called a borrowing. For example, the word yoga is originally from Sanskrit, but we use it in English. Do you have loanwords in your native language?

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FXUA will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020.
01/17/2020

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FXUA will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Did you know that on this day in 1605 Don Quixote was published?  It was written by Miguel de Cervantes.  It is consider...
01/16/2020

Did you know that on this day in 1605 Don Quixote was published? It was written by Miguel de Cervantes. It is considered literary master piece.

Idiom:  fall on your swordMeaning:  to take full responsibility of a negative situation.Example Sentence:  The manager f...
01/15/2020

Idiom: fall on your sword
Meaning: to take full responsibility of a negative situation.
Example Sentence: The manager fell on his sword, and he took full responsibility for his team's bad season.

Did you know that there are 26 letters in the English alphabet?  How many letters or characters are in your native langu...
01/14/2020

Did you know that there are 26 letters in the English alphabet? How many letters or characters are in your native language's alphabet?

01/09/2020

Idiom: (to be) swamped
Meaning: to be extremely busy, to the point of being overwhelmed, overburdened, or overworked.
Example sentence: I would love to come hang out with you, but I'm totally swamped with work right now.

Did you know that Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935? Elvis, as he is often referred to as, was an American sing...
01/08/2020

Did you know that Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935? Elvis, as he is often referred to as, was an American singer and actor. Considered as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They can add to or change the meaning of a word. Adverbs often end i...
01/06/2020

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They can add to or change the meaning of a word. Adverbs often end in -ly.

Did you know that this week in 1818, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was first published?  It is often referred to as the ...
01/02/2020

Did you know that this week in 1818, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was first published? It is often referred to as the world’s first science fiction novel.

ESL at FXUA
12/20/2019

ESL at FXUA

Happy Holidays!
12/19/2019

Happy Holidays!

Did you know this week in 1946 Steven Spielberg was born?  Mr. Spielberg is responsible for some of the biggest films in...
12/19/2019

Did you know this week in 1946 Steven Spielberg was born? Mr. Spielberg is responsible for some of the biggest films in cinema history. Some of his most popular movies are Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Saving Private Ryan as well as many others.

Idiom:  couch potatoMeaning:  someone who is lazy and watches too much TVExample:  Bob is a real couch potato.  All he d...
12/18/2019

Idiom: couch potato
Meaning: someone who is lazy and watches too much TV
Example: Bob is a real couch potato. All he does is sit around and watches TV all day.

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or sequence of words that reads the same backward as forward. Punctuation and spa...
12/16/2019

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or sequence of words that reads the same backward as forward. Punctuation and spaces between the words or lettering is allowed. How many palindromes can you think of?

Did you know that this week in 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden?  The award is named Alfred...
12/12/2019

Did you know that this week in 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden? The award is named Alfred Nobel, who after his death, wanted the majority of his money to be “annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”

Idiom:  put/get your thinking cap onMeaning:  To engage your mind and think in a serious manner.Example sentence:  Right...
12/11/2019

Idiom: put/get your thinking cap on
Meaning: To engage your mind and think in a serious manner.
Example sentence: Right now, it's Finals Week, so let’s put our thinking caps on!

Generally, the adjective order in English is:Quantity or number, quality or opinion, size, age, shape, color, proper adj...
12/09/2019

Generally, the adjective order in English is:
Quantity or number, quality or opinion, size, age, shape, color, proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material), purpose or qualifier

Did you know that Chester Greenwood was born on this day in 1858?  Mr. Greenwood invented earmuffs in 1873.  A great inv...
12/04/2019

Did you know that Chester Greenwood was born on this day in 1858? Mr. Greenwood invented earmuffs in 1873. A great invention for the cold winter.

Idiom:  to burn the candle at both ends Meaning:  to go to bed late and wake up earlyExample:  Carl goes to work early i...
12/04/2019

Idiom: to burn the candle at both ends
Meaning: to go to bed late and wake up early
Example: Carl goes to work early in the morning. Then works until late at night. He burns the candle at both ends.

A preposition of place is a preposition which is used to refer to a place where something or someone is located.
12/02/2019

A preposition of place is a preposition which is used to refer to a place where something or someone is located.

Happy Thanksgiving!
11/26/2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Accept is a verb.  Accept means to agree or to receive something offered.Example sentence:  When Bob asked Rhonda to mar...
11/25/2019

Accept is a verb. Accept means to agree or to receive something offered.
Example sentence: When Bob asked Rhonda to marry him, she happily accepted.
Except usually functions as a preposition or a conjunction. As a preposition, except means “but.” As a conjunction, except is often followed by “that,” and it means “only” or “with the exception of.”
Example sentence: All the classmates except Bob attended the reunion.

Did you know that on this day in 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph?  The phonograph is a way to record and play...
11/21/2019

Did you know that on this day in 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph? The phonograph is a way to record and play back sound.

Idiom:  thank (one's) lucky starsMeaning:  To express appreciation for a receiving a benefit.Example sentence:  You shou...
11/20/2019

Idiom: thank (one's) lucky stars
Meaning: To express appreciation for a receiving a benefit.
Example sentence: You should thank your lucky stars that you managed to avoid what could have been a horrible accident.

We had a great time at the U.S. Capitol!
11/18/2019

We had a great time at the U.S. Capitol!

Did you know there are 14 punctuation marks that are commonly used in English grammar. They are the period, question mar...
11/18/2019

Did you know there are 14 punctuation marks that are commonly used in English grammar. They are the period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, semicolon, colon, dash, hyphen, parentheses, brackets, braces, apostrophe, quotation marks, and ellipsis. How many forms of punctuation does your native language have?

Did you know that this week in 1851 Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" was published?  It is considered an American literatur...
11/14/2019

Did you know that this week in 1851 Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" was published? It is considered an American literature classic.

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