Humphreys English Language Program

Humphreys English Language Program

Humphreys English Language Program (HELP), offered on the Stockton campus, is founded on the need for our students to have access to a program that is designed to improve their English language skills and prepare them for the post-secondary academic environment.  The program will combine the best practices for English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and high level academic English language instruction in a technology rich environment. The program will utilize basic instructional designs combined with exposure to the classic English literature and activities designed to improve the grammar and vocabulary skills of students.

The mission of the Humphreys English Language Program (HELP) is to provide English language instruction to non-native speakers for academic, personal, and/or professional purposes.  Our comprehensive programs integrate quality ESL instruction in an active learning environment.  HELP also assists international students with cultural and social adjustments.

The following are the English Language Program Learning outcomes:

  • A student who successfully completes the HELP program has achieved Cognitive Academic Proficiency in listening, speaking, composition and reading
  • A HELP graduate will be competitive and functional at the university/college level.
  • Our program will supply quality academic advising to facilitate students’ entrance into a formal university.
  • A graduate will identify and establish cultural connections in the community.
  • A graduate will be able to recognize and practice appropriate cultural and social norms in an academic setting.

Application & Admission Requirements:

Who Should Apply?

International Students who want to enter the U.S. and study full-time or transfer from another U.S. school should complete the I-20 section of the application form. Students in the full-time Intensive English Program have two choices:

  • College Track lets you complete each English proficiency level that is required for college success. You will study no less than four hours per day (18.0 hours per week).
  • General Track allows you to complete your English studies and is built on a conversational platform giving the students the opportunity to function in American society. You will also study full time (18.0 hours per week). Humphreys English Language Program does not offer any part time programs.

When Do I Apply?

Students outside the U.S. should send the completed application and support documentation at least 6 – 8 weeks in advance of the session they wish to start. Students transferring from a U.S. school should contact Humphreys University, Office of the Registrar.

What is the Minimum Enrollment Requirement?

Minimum enrollment is for one full-time session in College Track or General Track.

What is the SEVIS Fee?

The SEVIS fee of $200 is a Student and Exchange Visitor processing fee paid to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by all international students. Humphreys University charges a $25 processing fee.

Do I Need Health Insurance?

Medical insurance is required of all international students.

What Financial Document Do I Need with the Application Form?

You will need a certified bank letter. The U.S. Immigration Service requires that you or your sponsor have enough money to cover school and living expenses. The minimum dollar amount needed for the bank letter is determined by the number of months you wish to study.

Where Can I Get an Application?

Contact the Dean of Administration, Wilma Okamoto-Vaughn at for application information and instructions.

Tuition & Fees:

What is the Cost of Tuition?

The cost of the English Language Program is connected to our regular college program. Students must pay tuition prior to enrollment.  We admit students year-round and operate on a quarter calendar system. To view current Schedule of Tuition and Fees, visit: 

What is the Application Fee?

The application fee of $200 must accompany any application for the English Language Program.

Program Objectives:

  • Reading Skills & Strategies:
    Will help develop mastery in the areas of reading and comprehension, vocabulary building, study skills, and media literacy, which are the course’s primary content strands.  Using these strands, the course guides the student through the skills necessary to be successful in the academic world and beyond.The reading comprehension strand focuses on introducing the student to the varied purposes of reading (e.g., for entertainment, for information, to complete a task, or to analyze).  In the vocabulary strand, the student learns specific strategies for understanding and remembering new vocabulary.  In the study skills strand, the students learns effective study and test-taking strategies.  In the media literacy strand, the student learns to recognize and evaluate persuasive techniques, purposes, design choices, and effects of media.
  • Writing Skills & Strategies:
    Writing Skills and Strategies develops key skills necessary for college and career success through a semester of interactive instruction and guided practice in composition fundamentals.  Four key learning strands are integrated throughout: composition practice, grammar skill building, dictation and style awareness, and media and technology exploration.  Guided studies emphasize the structure of essential forms of writing encountered in school, in life, and in the work place.  Practice in these forms is scaffolded to accommodate learners at different skill levels.
  • Structured Conversation:
    Conversations during the Structured Conversations period will be geared to current local and world events.  Students will research and track unfolding events being reported in the news, lead a few informational sessions, and then an informal Socratic seminar style discussion.  During this time, students will be expected to use formal language providing them the opportunity to practice “code-switching” from the informal language they use during lunch conversations.
  • Oral Communications:
    The study and practice of oral presentation skills and relies heavily on audio, visual, and peer feedback.  It provides opportunities to present information both formally and informally in front of small groups. It covers the difference in organizing content for written and oral communication.  Will include the study of modes of oral communication and methods used to develop and support both informative and argumentative speaking while emphasizing both analytical and critical thinking in oral expression.
  • Student Success:
    Focus on enhancing skills needed to be successful in college.  Emphasis is placed on goal setting; learning, studying, and test-taking strategies; time and personal financial management; critical thinking and communication skills.  Introduction to college and online resources will also be included.
  • Multicultural Studies:
    Multicultural Studies examines the United States as a multicultural nation. Emphasis is placed on the perspectives of minority groups while allowing students from all backgrounds to better understand and appreciate how race, culture and ethnicity, and identity contribute to their experiences.