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The Language Institute, under the Division of External Affairs, has been designed to provide educational opportunities and language services to help strengthen the English language usage of people in southwest New Mexico and beyond our borders. “Acknowledging that there is always a need to help our communities, we feel one way this can be done is strengthening our workforce at the level each person desires to be at in understanding the English language,” said Manuel Rodriguez, Acting Director of the Language Institute.
Home of Western New Mexico University, Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 10,545. It is the county seat of Grant County.
Silver City is located bordering the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico, USA. Gila Wilderness was designated the world's first wilderness area on June 3, 1924. Along with Aldo Leopold Wilderness and Blue Range Wilderness, the 558,014 acres (225,820 ha) (872 sq. mi.) wilderness is part of New Mexico's Gila National Forest. The wilderness is approximately 27 miles (43 km) from north to south and 39 miles (63 km) east to west. U.S. Wilderness Areas do not allow motorized or mechanized vehicles, including bicycles. Camping and fishing are allowed with proper permit, but no roads, buildings, logging, or mining are permitted. Wilderness areas within National Forests and Bureau of Land Management areas allow hunting in season.
Language Institute: Designed for students who plan to enter an American College or University, but is not exclusive to such individuals. Our aim is that of strengthening individuals and communities by strengthening the English Language usage and funneling students to higher education, if that is the goal of the individual student. Also designed to help students prepare for standardized English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL and TOEIC.
Process for entering courses in the Language Institute requires registration to either the Intensive or Semi-intensive programs, students will take a placement test to determine their level of English. The test will cover: listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Student must be registered in either the Intensive or Semi-intensive program before taking the placement exam.
International ESL Program:
Students are considered Intensive English Non-Degree Students. Intensive sessions are based on 6 levels of instruction. Courses run for 6 weeks 30 hours per week. Prospective participants are administered an entrance assessment to determine the individual’s level of understanding. With this information the participant is then placed on one of the 6 levels of instruction. Program participants will be strengthened in their grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities. Upon successful completion of the Intensive English Program, students transfer into a university academic program.
While in Silver City, Students enjoy living and learning in the midst of a small community overlooking the mountains.
Domestic ESL Program: Semi-Intensive sessions based on 12 levels of instruction. Courses run for either 15 or 18 weeks (this is determined by the addition of computers into the curriculum), 6 hours per week. Enriching the program with the use of computers, students are introduced to computer basics. Prospective participants are administered an entrance assessment to determine the individual’s level of understanding. With this information the participant is then placed on one of the 12 levels of instruction. Program participants will be strengthened in their grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities.
Currently offering a non-credit ESL (English as a Second Language) program that can help students prepare for standardized English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL and TOEIC.
Professional ESL programs offered are:
· Basic Spanish for the Medical Profession
· Basic Spanish for Restaurant Businesses
· English as a Second Language for Business
· Programs may also be built and tailored to fit the need of other businesses.
Working with the Educational sector Grade School to High School, Higher Education; Businesses; Factories; and Medical Fields to name a few.
· Bilingual Student Success Seminars
1-800-872-9668 (In-State) ext. 6850; 1-800-222-9668 (Out-of-State) ext. 6850; or LanguageInstitute@wnmu.edu