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VIU ESL Welcome to the English Language Program at Virginia International University!

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 this week in 1799 the Rosetta Stone was found in Egypt?  The Rosetta Stone is important because it hel...
07/18/2019

Did you know that this week in 1799 the Rosetta Stone was found in Egypt? The Rosetta Stone is important because it helps scholars understand Egyptian hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs is a writing system which uses small pictures instead of letters. This form of writing has not been used since the fourth century C.E.

Idiom:  barking up the wrong treeMeaning:  to make the wrong choice or to ask the wrong person for helpExample:   If you...
07/17/2019

Idiom: barking up the wrong tree
Meaning: to make the wrong choice or to ask the wrong person for help
Example: If you think I can give you more money, you're barking up the wrong tree.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/ is a great website for practicing your reading and writing skills.  It is very useful i...
07/16/2019

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/ is a great website for practicing your reading and writing skills. It is very useful if you want to work on your own or with friends. Additionally, has beginner to advanced levels. And it's free!

How should you use their, there, or they’re?Their is the possessive case of the pronoun they, Example:  They left thei...
07/15/2019

How should you use their, there, or they’re?
Their is the possessive case of the pronoun they,
Example: They left their cell phones at home.
There is an adverb that means “in or at that place,”
Example: She is there now.
They’re is a contraction of the words they and are, as in
Example: They’re studying hard.

Did you know that this week in 1817 Henry David Thoreau was born?  He was a writer, a poet, and a philosopher.  He is be...
07/11/2019

Did you know that this week in 1817 Henry David Thoreau was born? He was a writer, a poet, and a philosopher. He is best known for his the book "Walden."

Idiom:  a couch potatoMeaning:  Someone who is lazy and addicted to television. Example Sentence:  All Bob ever does is ...
07/10/2019

Idiom: a couch potato
Meaning: Someone who is lazy and addicted to television.
Example Sentence: All Bob ever does is watch TV; he's become a real couch potato.

Do you know what tense is used in English to talk about a completed action?  It is called the simple past tense.  The si...
07/08/2019

Do you know what tense is used in English to talk about a completed action? It is called the simple past tense. The simple past is the basic form of past tense in English. The action can be in the recent or distant past. Also, the duration of the activity is not important. Do you have a similar tense in your native language?

Happy 4th of July from VIU!
07/03/2019

Happy 4th of July from VIU!

Idiom:  take a rain check Meaning:  used to tell someone that you cannot accept an invitation now, but would like to do ...
07/03/2019

Idiom: take a rain check
Meaning: used to tell someone that you cannot accept an invitation now, but would like to do so at a later time
Example Sentence: I can’t make it tonight; can I take rain check? I have to work late tonight.

An exclamation point is a form of punctuation.  It is used to show a strong feeling, such as surprise, anger or happines...
07/01/2019

An exclamation point is a form of punctuation. It is used to show a strong feeling, such as surprise, anger or happiness. Using an exclamation point when writing is similar to shouting in spoken English. Does your native language have similar punctuation?

Did you know that James Smithson died on this day in 1829?  If you don’t recognize his name, you may recognize one of ...
06/27/2019

Did you know that James Smithson died on this day in 1829? If you don’t recognize his name, you may recognize one of his contributions to the world. He gave his entire estate to the United States of America which is now known as the Smithsonian Institution. Today the Smithsonian Institution is made up of 20 buildings.

Idiom:  a new lease on lifeMeaning:  new chance for happiness, health, or success after a difficult time in lifeFor exam...
06/26/2019

Idiom: a new lease on life
Meaning: new chance for happiness, health, or success after a difficult time in life
For example: Carl has a new lease on life after getting over his illness. Now, he is really excited about the future.

If you’re busy, but still want to practice English, take a look at this site.  It’s great for quick study sessions. ...
06/25/2019

If you’re busy, but still want to practice English, take a look at this site. It’s great for quick study sessions. http://www.5minuteenglish.com/?

What is a preposition of place?We use a preposition of place to say where someone or something is.  Here is an explanati...
06/24/2019

What is a preposition of place?
We use a preposition of place to say where someone or something is. Here is an explanation of three prepositions of place.
• At: used to discuss a certain point
Example: Carl waited for Jennifer at the Café.
• In: used to discuss an enclosed space
Example: Claude was born in Canada.
• On: used to discuss a surface
Example: The coffee is on the table.

Did you know that this month in 1975 the movie "Jaws" was released?  This Steven Spielberg film was at one point the hig...
06/20/2019

Did you know that this month in 1975 the movie "Jaws" was released? This Steven Spielberg film was at one point the highest grossing film in history. It also won three Oscars.

Idiom:  To miss the boatMeaning:  be too slow to take advantage of an opportunityExample:  I managed to get my order tho...
06/19/2019

Idiom: To miss the boat
Meaning: be too slow to take advantage of an opportunity
Example: I managed to get my order though before the end of the special offer, but I nearly missed the boat!

Is it affect or effect? Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun. Example:  The strike affected the nation's economy.Example: ...
06/17/2019

Is it affect or effect? Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun.
Example: The strike affected the nation's economy.
Example: The special effects are excellent.

We had a great time at our potluck!
06/13/2019

We had a great time at our potluck!

Idiom:  a dime a dozenMeaning:  common almost worthlessExample:  Those dishes are a dime a dozen.  Everybody has them.
06/12/2019

Idiom: a dime a dozen
Meaning: common almost worthless
Example: Those dishes are a dime a dozen. Everybody has them.

We had a great time at the National Museum of American History!
06/10/2019

We had a great time at the National Museum of American History!

Did you know that this month in 1949, the book “1984” was published?  “1984” was written by George Orwell.  One ...
06/06/2019

Did you know that this month in 1949, the book “1984” was published? “1984” was written by George Orwell. One of its main characters is "Big Brother." It’s a story of dystopian future. Have you read this book?

Idiom:  crack of dawnMeaning:  Very early in the morningExample: Bob gets up at the crack of dawn every day to exercise.
06/05/2019

Idiom: crack of dawn
Meaning: Very early in the morning
Example: Bob gets up at the crack of dawn every day to exercise.

Check out this site for many different kinds of activities to improve your English.  It has activities for beginner lear...
06/04/2019

Check out this site for many different kinds of activities to improve your English. It has activities for beginner learners to advanced learners. http://a4esl.org/

Do you know what a palindrome is?  A palindrome is when words or numbers are read the same either backwards or forwards....
06/03/2019

Do you know what a palindrome is? A palindrome is when words or numbers are read the same either backwards or forwards. Can you think of some examples in your native language? English examples: civic or level

Did you know that this week in 1935, John Steinbeck publishes "Tortilla Flat"?  This was Mr. Steinbeck’s first success...
05/30/2019

Did you know that this week in 1935, John Steinbeck publishes "Tortilla Flat"? This was Mr. Steinbeck’s first successful novel. He would go on to earn a Nobel Prize later in life.

Idiom:  The early bird catches the worm.Meaning:  do something early or right now to be successfulExample:  The early bi...
05/29/2019

Idiom: The early bird catches the worm.
Meaning: do something early or right now to be successful
Example: The early bird catches the worm! The sale will start on Thursday, and the store opens at 5:00 a.m.

Happy Memorial Day from VIU!
05/24/2019

Happy Memorial Day from VIU!

Did you know that this week in 1977 Star Wars opened?  It has given movie goers some very famous characters like Darth V...
05/23/2019

Did you know that this week in 1977 Star Wars opened? It has given movie goers some very famous characters like Darth Vader. This weekend, practice your English and enjoy a great film!

Idiom:  hit the booksMeaning: to study very hardExample Sentence:  I have a huge test tomorrow; I need to hit the books ...
05/22/2019

Idiom: hit the books
Meaning: to study very hard
Example Sentence: I have a huge test tomorrow; I need to hit the books tonight.

Prepositions of time are the same words as prepositions of place; however, they are used to discuss a specific time peri...
05/20/2019

Prepositions of time are the same words as prepositions of place; however, they are used to discuss a specific time period.
• At – clock times, holidays and festivals, and other very specific time frames including exceptions, such as “at night.”
• In – months, seasons, years, centuries, general times of day, and longer periods of time such as “in the past.”
• On – days of the week or portions of days of the week, specific dates, and special days such as “on New Year’s Day.

Graduation is this weekend!  Congratulations to all graduates!
05/17/2019

Graduation is this weekend! Congratulations to all graduates!

Did you know that Pierce Brosnan was born on this day in 1953?  Mr. Brosnan is an Irish actor known for many successful ...
05/16/2019

Did you know that Pierce Brosnan was born on this day in 1953? Mr. Brosnan is an Irish actor known for many successful roles in television and film. He is also an activist and environmentalist. He is best known for playing James Bond.

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