VIU Online Education Degree


English as a Second Language Program

Program Highlights

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? Even if you just want to take an English class to expand your vocabulary and increase fluency, VIU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Online Program offers classes that fit your needs.

English is the dominant language in the fields of communication, science, business, and entertainment. Therefore, being proficient in English opens many doors in the international job market.

VIU’s ESL online courses are highly interactive and designed to help students be academically successful. The ESL Online Program offers a seven-week format taught by faculty who are expert English language instructors and experienced in teaching a diverse population of students. While taking ESL online courses, students will develop skills necessary to become confident writers, fluent speakers, effective listeners, and strong readers.

With VIU ESL Online, study academic English from anywhere anytime!

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of ESL online courses, students will have developed:

  • Listening skills and confidence to be able to give presentations using correct grammar, clear pronunciation and strong organizational skills;
  • Strategies for note-taking, time-management, test-taking, and group work;
  • Skills for skimming and scanning various texts for information;
  • Revision and editing skills for written assignments; and
  • Research and citation skills using the American Psychological Association (APA) format

Beyond ESL

After successfully completing ESL courses and strengthening your academic English, you will have the option to continue your studies in one of VIU’s academic programs.

VIU offers a variety of degree and certificate programs online and on-ground. See below for a list of the program choices you have.

Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)
Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS)
Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)
Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE)
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA in TESOL)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science in International Relations (MIR)
The Master of Education (MED)
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BBA)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
Graduate Certificate Programs
Business Intelligence
Information Systems
Information Systems Management
IT Audit and Compliance
Undergraduate Certificate Programs


If you are interested in joining the ESL online program or if you have questions, please contact:

Village Drive Building
4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-591-7042, ext.342

ESL Online Courses

Course Name
High Advanced Speaking & Listening
High Advanced Reading & Writing


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