English as a Second Language Program

ESL Program

Thank you for your interest in Cleary University’s English as a Second Language, or ESL program in Ann Arbor and Howell, Michigan, for international students who require extra studies in English to prepare them for undergraduate or graduate coursework. Students without a score or with a low score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), may apply and receive conditional admission to Cleary University to begin classes in their chosen major upon successful completion of ESL programming.

About Cleary’s ESL Program

Through Cleary University's English as a Second Language (ESL) program, you can achieve English proficiency in as little as one, twelve-week semester, or during one of our six-week sessions, before beginning an undergraduate or graduate program at Cleary.

Here are some of the key features of our program, which is especially tailored to meet the needs of international students:

  • The program consists of four levels and each level includes 12 hours of classroom instruction and an additional 8 hours of lab work, for a total of 20 contact hours per week.
  • The ESL classes will help you make a successful transition and prepare you for college with a program that emphasizes critical thinking and cultural knowledge.
  • Additional cultural activities get students out of the classroom and experiencing daily life in the U.S. 


For each of the four levels during either the term or session, students receive intensive instruction in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar. The combination of these courses will help students achieve confidence and fluency in English in a short period of time.

  • Speaking and listening – Understand spoken English and communicate in the classroom, as well as in everyday life in the U.S. 
  • Reading – Learn strategies to read from and understand a variety of academic written materials.  
  • Writing – Organize and support your ideas in an academic paper with the help of research. 
  • Grammar – Ensure that your written and spoken English will follow correct English grammar.