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ANU Offers Bright Opportunity for International Students

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Curriculum

English Language Institute at American National University (ANU)

American National University’s (ANU) ESL curriculum organizes your English learning into 12 levels of proficiencies. Students take two classes per 10-week term.

Program Curriculum

Beginning English: Reading & Writing

Beginning English: Listening & Speaking

Foundations of English: Reading & Writing

Foundations of English: Listening & Speaking

Intermediate English I: Reading & Writing

Intermediate English I: Listening & Speaking

Intermediate English II: Reading & Writing

Intermediate English II: Listening & Speaking

Introduction to TOEFL: Reading & Writing

Introduction to TOEFL: Listening & Speaking

TOEFL Preparation: Reading & Writing

TOEFL Preparation: Listening & Speaking

Have you already taken ESL courses at another institution? Speak with an ESL Program Representative to determine your point of entry into American National University’s ESL program.

Beginner Level – These courses are designed for those who have little to no experience with English and cover the basics of the English language.

Foundations Level – The foundations level courses are designed for students who are somewhat familiar with the English language and wish to build upon their basic skills, with proficiency and confidence.

Intermediate Level – Intermediate level courses are designed for students who have a solid working grasp of the English language and are ready to progress into full fluency.

The Introduction to TOEFL® and TOEFL® Preparation courses are designed to prepare international students to improve their English skills for academic and professional purposes.

Get started today. To learn more about our ESL Program, speak with an ESL Program representative or start your application process now.


Student Stories & Resource Articles

ANU Offers Bright Opportunity for International Students

The Roanoke Valley Campus of American National University recently held a welcome and informational session for international students.  ANU has a large number of international students looking to continue their education to help them get started and advance in their desired careers.---

Campus director Beth Bryant welcomed the students to the event. She was followed by District Delegate Sam Rasoul, who shared his impressions of Roanoke from an international point of view. As the child of immigrants and the only Muslim member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Representative Rasoul feels that he has a connection with international students. He told the students that there are over 105 nationalities represented in the Roanoke area, and spoke on the welcoming atmosphere of ANU and the Roanoke community toward international citizens.

Representative Rasoul, who also has served at ANU as an instructor, addressed the topic of future employment opportunities for international students in the Roanoke area. “We are about to double the size of our research institute which will present opportunities of at least 100 new high-level jobs available to international employees,” explained Rasoul. This is very promising for many of the international students at ANU, especially those who are earning an MBA in IT.

One such student is Achal Shah, who just began his studies in the MBA-IT program. Achal, a student from India, had only been in the country for six days, but he had not found orienting himself to Roanoke to be difficult. “I feel the same in my home country as I do here; everyone is very welcoming and friendly,” he stated.


Following Representative Rasoul’s comments, university leaders participated in a panel discussion which offered information about the many services that ANU has developed to help students succeed in their programs and their careers.

In addition, students Harinder Chavra and Shaquile “ShaQ” Majawah were recognized for their accomplishments in their programs. Harinder, an MBA student, has shown the faculty and staff a tremendous amount of effort in her studies, as well as in her drive to succeed. “There are not enough words to say about this young woman,” said ANU President Frank Longaker, “This school, this university, this student body, is very fortunate to have Harinder as a part of this organization.”

ShaQ, a student from Malawi who is studying in the ANU network support program, was given a letter from Senator Mark Warner, who wrote to him after reading about ShaQ in the National News. Warner was impressed by all of ShaQ’s accomplishments in his studies, from earning his Network Pro and CompTIA A+ certifications, to using software like Raspberry Pi to work on special projects. (To learn more about ShaQ’s experience at ANU, click here.)

As the program came to an end, President Longaker offered closing remarks regarding how ANU can contribute to students’ experience abroad. “We believe that all countries have something to offer, but we also believe the United States is unique,” he stated. “We hope that you will combine the best aspects of your country and the best aspects of the United States in order to create the best people around the world.”

Photo-A: Student Harinder Chavra receives recognition from Dr. Annette Chamberlin and President Longaker.

Photo-B: Student Shaquile “ShaQ” Majawah receives a letter from Senator Mark Warner from President Longaker.

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Important Websites

EducationUSAU.S. International Student Information – EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department’s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Click on the link below to find your center!

Global Health Insurance –

The University recommends that all students carry adequate health coverage to assist in the cost of medical treatment should health issues arise. Failure to carry adequate health coverage may result in excess financial obligation to the responsible party for health services rendered.

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