Academic English

Saint Louis University's academic English program provides students with top-rate English language instruction and the necessary academic skills to succeed in college. The courses in Levels 1 and 2 are theme-based, and Levels 3, 4 and 5 are delivered using content-based instruction.

Curriculum Overview

Students in this pathway program will:

  • Present spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write academic papers using citations and references
  • Read, understand and evaluate academic texts
  • Understand and use vocabulary common to academic disciplines
  • Take accurate notes in academic settings
  • Understand U.S. values in an academic setting

Academic English Levels

  • Level 1: Beginner 
  • Level 2: High Beginner 
  • Level 3: Intermediate 
  • Level 4: High Intermediate 
  • Level 5: Low Advanced (for graduate students)

Entry Requirements for Academic English

Sub-score requirements may apply.

Level TOEFL IELTS PTEA IELA
Level 1 < 35 < 4.0 < 36 < 125
Level 2 35-39 4.0 36-37 125-144
Level 3 40-49 4.5 38-39 145-153
Level 4 50-59 5.0 40-43 154-161
Level 5 60-74 5.5 44-50 162-175

Undergraduate 1-semester Academic English

AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
Total Credits15

Undergraduate Two-Semester Academic English 

AEP 0300Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate4
AEP 0310Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0320Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0330Listening and Speaking Level 34
AEP 0350English through Service Level 3: Intermediate1
AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
Total Credits30

Undergraduate Three-semester Academic English 

AEP 0200Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0220Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0230Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0250English through Service Level 2: High Beginner1
AEP 0300Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate4
AEP 0310Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0320Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0330Listening and Speaking Level 34
AEP 0350English through Service Level 3: Intermediate1
AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
Total Credits43

Undergraduate Four-Semester Academic English 

AEP 0100Writing and Grammar Level 1: Beginner4
AEP 0120Reading and Vocabulary Level 1: Beginner4
AEP 0130Listening and Speaking Level 1: Beginner4
AEP 0200Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0220Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0230Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0250English through Service Level 2: High Beginner1
AEP 0300Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate4
AEP 0310Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0320Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0330Listening and Speaking Level 34
AEP 0350English through Service Level 3: Intermediate1
AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
Total Credits55

Graduate One-Semester Academic English  

AEP 0500Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced4
AEP 0510Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0520Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0530Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced4
Total Credits14

Graduate Two-Semester Academic English 

AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
AEP 0500Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced4
AEP 0510Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0520Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0530Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced4
Total Credits29

Graduate Three-Semester Academic English 

AEP 0300Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate4
AEP 0310Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0320Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0330Listening and Speaking Level 34
AEP 0350English through Service Level 3: Intermediate1
AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
AEP 0500Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced4
AEP 0510Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0520Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0530Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced4
Total Credits44

Graduate Four-Semester Academic English 

AEP 0200Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0220Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0230Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0250English through Service Level 2: High Beginner1
AEP 0300Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate4
AEP 0310Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0320Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0330Listening and Speaking Level 34
AEP 0350English through Service Level 3: Intermediate1
AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
AEP 0500Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced4
AEP 0510Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0520Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0530Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced4
Total Credits57

Graduate Five-Semester Academic English 

AEP 0100Writing and Grammar Level 1: Beginner4
AEP 0120Reading and Vocabulary Level 1: Beginner4
AEP 0130Listening and Speaking Level 1: Beginner4
AEP 0200Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0220Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0230Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner4
AEP 0250English through Service Level 2: High Beginner1
AEP 0300Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate4
AEP 0310Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0320Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate3
AEP 0330Listening and Speaking Level 34
AEP 0350English through Service Level 3: Intermediate1
AEP 0400Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0410Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0420Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate3
AEP 0430Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate4
AEP 0450English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate1
AEP 0500Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced4
AEP 0510Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0520Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced3
AEP 0530Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced4
Total Credits69

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA and receive no grades lower than a "C."

Progression Requirements

Official progression requirements from AE Level 4 to the Undergraduate Pathway

  • Complete Level 4
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA with no grades below a "C"

Official progression requirements from AE Level 5 to the Graduate Pathway

  • Complete Level 5
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA with no grades below a "C"

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Undergraduate 1-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0450 English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate 1
 Credits15
 Total Credits15

Undergraduate 2-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0300 Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate 4
AEP 0310 Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0320 Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0330 Listening and Speaking Level 3 4
AEP 0350 English through Service Level 3: Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Spring
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0450 English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate 1
 Credits15
 Total Credits30

Undergraduate 3-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0200 Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0220 Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0230 Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0250 English through Service Level 2: High Beginner 1
 Credits13
Spring
AEP 0300 Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate 4
AEP 0310 Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0320 Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0330 Listening and Speaking Level 3 4
AEP 0350 English through Service Level 3: Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Summer
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits42

Undergraduate 4-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0100 Writing and Grammar Level 1: Beginner 4
AEP 0120 Reading and Vocabulary Level 1: Beginner 4
AEP 0130 Listening and Speaking Level 1: Beginner 4
 Credits12
Spring
AEP 0200 Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0220 Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0230 Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0250 English through Service Level 2: High Beginner 1
 Credits13
Summer
AEP 0300 Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate 4
AEP 0310 Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0320 Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0330 Listening and Speaking Level 3 4
 Credits14
Year Two
Fall
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0450 English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate 1
 Credits15
 Total Credits54

Graduate 1-semester Academic English

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0500 Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced 4
AEP 0510 Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0520 Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0530 Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits14

Graduate 2-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0450 English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Spring
AEP 0500 Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced 4
AEP 0510 Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0520 Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0530 Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits29

Graduate 3-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0300 Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate 4
AEP 0310 Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0320 Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0330 Listening and Speaking Level 3 4
AEP 0350 English through Service Level 3: Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Spring
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0450 English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Summer
AEP 0500 Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced 4
AEP 0510 Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0520 Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0530 Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits44

Graduate 4-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0200 Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0220 Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0230 Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0250 English through Service Level 2: High Beginner 1
 Credits13
Spring
AEP 0300 Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate 4
AEP 0310 Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0320 Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0330 Listening and Speaking Level 3 4
AEP 0350 English through Service Level 3: Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Summer
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
 Credits14
Year Two
Fall
AEP 0500 Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced 4
AEP 0510 Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0520 Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0530 Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits56

Graduate 5-semester Academic English 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
AEP 0100 Writing and Grammar Level 1: Beginner 4
AEP 0120 Reading and Vocabulary Level 1: Beginner 4
AEP 0130 Listening and Speaking Level 1: Beginner 4
 Credits12
Spring
AEP 0200 Writing and Grammar Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0220 Reading and Vocabulary Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0230 Listening and Speaking Level 2: High Beginner 4
AEP 0250 English through Service Level 2: High Beginner 1
 Credits13
Summer
AEP 0300 Writing and Grammar Level 3: Intermediate 4
AEP 0310 Exploring Cultures Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0320 Reading and Vocabulary Level 3: Intermediate 3
AEP 0330 Listening and Speaking Level 3 4
AEP 0350 English through Service Level 3: Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
AEP 0400 Writing and Grammar Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0410 Contemporary Issues Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0420 Reading and Vocabulary Level 4: High Intermediate 3
AEP 0430 Listening & Speaking Level 4: High Intermediate 4
AEP 0450 English through Service Level 4: High Intermediate 1
 Credits15
Spring
AEP 0500 Writing and Grammar Level 5: Low Advanced 4
AEP 0510 Intercultural Communication Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0520 Reading and Vocabulary Level 5: Low Advanced 3
AEP 0530 Listening and Speaking Level 5: Low Advanced 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits69