Student Success Center

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Student Success Center serves all non-native speakers of English enrolled at Idaho State University. ESOL instructors focus on American language and culture for academic and professional purposes to help you succeed in your undergraduate, graduate and training programs.

We offer courses for credit (ENGL 1100 and AMST 1100), one-on-one 60 minute tutoring appointments, workshops and excursions, International Teaching Assistant assessments and support, Accent Modification Evaluations (AME) in conjunction with ISU's Department of Speech Pathology, and individual self-improvement plans.


AMST 1100 Introduction to American Culture and Language
(Wednesdays, 4:00 7:00 p.m. / 3 credits)

This active, participation oriented class examines not-so-obvious daily American life to enable you to better understand American culture and the language used by your professors and classmates. Pocatello is used as a "living laboratory" with many off-campus excursions and discussions with community leaders. We visit City Hall, the county jail, Pocatello High School, the public television station, local gun shops, a potato farm, places of worship, the Sho-Ban Indian Reservation and casino, a theme motel, and the cemetery, for example, to study how this culture really works.

ENGL 1100 Introduction to Academic Speaking and Writing
(Monday and Wednesday 3:00-3:50 p.m. + 1 tutor hour each week / 3 credits)

This course helps non-native speakers of English who are new to the American university bridge into ISU standards and expectations. You will receive ESL appropriate feedback and answers to cultural questions that are NOT part of the regular ISU classroom process. Assignments will increase your awareness of how your first language impacts English and will allow you to explore surprising expectations that are not part of your own educational traditions. In addition to regular classes, each student receives an hour of individual tutoring in problem areas each week. ENGL 1100 can be taken as preparation for or along with ENGL 0090, ENGL 1101, COMM 1101 and other goal classes. Open to graduate and undergraduate students.

Last Modified: 03/05/2015


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209