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:

Connie Lee
ESL Program Director
3957 Pender Drive Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-591-7042, ext.311

ESL Online Courses

Course Code Course Name Term Hours
ESL 0700 High Advanced Speaking & Listening 42
ESL 0715 Skills for Academic Success 42

ESL 0700 High Advanced Speaking & Listening

This course focuses on developing academic listening and speaking skills. Students will learn to give short structured presentations and improve their ability to comprehend and analyze academic discourse. The course includes an accent-reduction component that focuses on helping students speak clearly and with appropriate intonation patterns.

ESL 0715 Skills for Academic Success

The purpose of the course is to aid students in understanding and adapting to the social and educational systems in the USA and to help them develop strong study skills. In particular, this course focuses on the basic principles of taking effective lecture and textbook notes; writing and correctly formatting simple research papers, paraphrasing and summarizing skills, test-taking skills, and preparing and delivering formal presentations on academic subjects.

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