Mastodon Advising Center

English as a Second Language (ESL) Students

The Mastodon Advising Center (MAC) advises undergraduate English as a Second Language (ESL) students admitted to IPFW. ESL students are those whose native language is not English. They must demonstrate proficiency in English before they are admitted, and they are assigned to an advising unit based upon their scores on the TOEFL or Michigan Test of English Language scores. (For information on taking the Michigan Test at IPFW, please visit the CASA web site)

Students admitted as ESL students to the MAC are required to complete a series of courses that concentrate on specific areas of individual weakness with the English language and are designed to help students succeed in college. Some of these courses include English W115, English W129 ESL, and English R150.

Advisors in the MAC provide assistance with course selection to meet the individual needs and goals of each ESL student assigned to our advising unit. In addition to academic advising, MAC advisors guide ESL students as they navigate and explore IPFW and U.S. cultures.

The MAC works closely with the Office of International Education and the Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA) in order to support ESL Students as they progress towards their academic and career goals.

For further information or to schedule an appointment with Marietta Wolczacka Frye, the primary ESL advisor, contact the Mastodon Advising Center.

College Lingo

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Lingo is the special language used for a particular activity or by a particular group of people. Every occupation or field of endeavor has terminology, or lingo, know only to "insiders." College is no different, and some of the terms used might be confusing for anyone entering college.

The College Lingo Web page will help you become acquainted with the terminology you will hear and come to use as a college student.


Academic Survival Skills


Academic survival skills are the techniques many successful students employ to help them do things like achieve better scores on exams, manage their school and social commitments, and successfully navigate the path from college newbie to college graduate.

So what kinds of things can you do in order to be more successful? Check out these tips and suggestions for ways to prepare for exams, take notes in class, and budget your time wisely.