Before taking any undergraduate Music History or Music Education courses, a student whose native language is not English must submit:
• a TOEFL score of 76 or higher OR a passing grade in the second semester of ESL I
Before taking any Liberal Arts courses (with the exception of certain art courses, which require only a TOEFL score of 61, and IEP and ESL I), a student whose native language is not English must submit:
• a TOEFL score of 88 or higher OR a passing grade in the second semester of ESL II
Undergraduate students may apply ESL credits toward certain degree or diploma requirements. IEP credits may not be applied toward degree or diploma requirements.
- Graduate students admitted to NEC with TOEFL scores of 88 or higher are exempt from IEP or ESL requirements.
- Graduate students admitted to NEC with TOEFL scores between 79 and 87 will begin with ESL II and must complete both semesters of ESL II with passing grades.
- Graduate students provisionally admitted to NEC with scores below 79 must enroll in a summer intensive English program prior to matriculating at the Conservatory. Graduate students who have not reached a documented TOEFL score of 79 or higher by the time of registration for their first semester will be placed in NEC’s Intensive English Program (IEP), which meets 12 hours per week. At or near the very end of the first semester of IEP, students in the IEP classes will be given the TOEFL at NEC and will be placed in IEP/ESL study according to the following:
- Graduate students who score from 79 to 87 at the end of the fall semester of IEP will be placed in English as a Second Language II (ESL II). They will be required to complete the spring semester of ESL II with a passing grade.
- Those graduate students who still have not reached a score of 79 at the end of the fall semester of IEP will have failed the course and will be placed on academic probation by the Academic Review Committee. They will move to a second semester of IEP in the spring (or their next semester of enrollment). Students who complete the second semester of IEP will be given the TOEFL again at the end of that semester for course placement purposes. Those who complete the second semester of IEP with a passing grade and score between 79 and 87 on the TOEFL will be placed in ESL II in their third semester. They must complete both semesters of ESL II with passing grades. Those who complete the second semester of IEP with a passing grade and earn a TOEFL score of 88 or higher are exempt from further ESL requirements. Those who fail the IEP course a second time will be suspended in accordance with NEC policies on academic probation.
At any time during IEP and ESL study at NEC, a student may choose to take the official TOEFL wherever and whenever it is administered. On submitting an official score of 88 or higher, the student will be exempt from further IEP or ESL requirements at NEC.
NEC Test of English Proficiency
Students who earn a grade of B or better in any semester of ESL may choose to take an interdepartmental English proficiency test administered by NEC. Those who pass the test will be exempt from further ESL and TOEFL requirements. A student may take the test once after each semester of ESL in which the student has earned a grade of B or better.
English Requirements for Graduate Courses and Academic Departments
Before taking any graduate Musicology course, a student whose native language is not English must submit:
- a TOEFL score of 88 or higher, or
- a passing grade in the second semester of ESL II, or
- a passing grade on the NEC Test of English Proficiency.
Graduate students earn zero credit for ESL courses. IEP credits may not be applied to degree or diploma requirements.
Students who have completed a full-time, 4-year degree program at an English-speaking college/university may request an exemption from the TOEFL requirement in writing to the Assistant Dean for Admissions.
Doctoral students must meet high standards for written English in their entrance examination.
TOEFL Score Equivalents
61 (internet based test) = 173 (computer based test) = 500 (paper based test)
79 (internet based test) = 213 (computer based test) = 550 (paper based test)
88 (internet based test) = 230 (computer based test) = 573 (paper based test)
»LARTS 113T/114T – Intensive English I
Intensive English I helps students prepare for the TOEFL through practice in vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing. (8 non-degree credits each semester) Kambouris
»LARTS 137T – English as a Second Language I
ESL I emphasizes listening comprehension and speaking, practice in reading and writing, vocabulary development, and selected grammar and usage exercises. Placement by exam. (2 credits) Kambouris
»LARTS 138T – English as a Second Language I
The second semester of ESL I uses texts about American history and culture to develop skills in reading and listening comprehension, including note taking, outlining, and skimming. Speaking and writing assignments focus on comparisons/contrasts between life in the U.S. and in the student’s home country. Prerequisite: LARTS 137T or placement by exam. (2 credits) Kambouris
»LARTS 147T – Critical Reading and Writing
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»LARTS 148T – Reading Skills Seminar: Greek Mythology
Designed for undergraduate students in ESL, this course focuses on symbols and themes in Greek myths and teaches strategies to promote vocabulary development, improved reading and writing skills, and active participation in class discussions. (2 credits) Kambouris
»LARTS 237T – English as a Second Language II
This course uses biographies of great composers (e.g., Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Mahler) and a variety of autobiographical texts in order to help students develop reading fluency and expand their writing skills. Students also practice listening comprehension through the use of videos and are encouraged to speak about readings. Prerequisite: LARTS 138T or placement by exam. (2 credits) Kambouris
»LARTS 238T – English as a Second Language II This course uses biographies of great composers (e.g., Verdi, Puccini) to promote reading, writing, discussion and oral presentation. Prerequisite: LARTS 237T or placement by exam. (2 credits) Kambouris