LEAP Intensive English Program

Welcome to Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes (LEAP), the Intensive English program at Wright State University.

The LEAP Intensive English program prepares non-native speakers of English for success in academic and professional programs. LEAP is committed to:

  • providing quality English instruction taught by highly qualified instructors.
  • offering opportunities to participate in social, cultural, and mainstream curricular activities to facilitate student success in university studies.
  • promoting linguistic and cultural diversity and intercultural understanding.

LEAP is located on Wright State's main campus in Dayton, Ohio, home to the famous Wright Brothers and the world’s first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer III.

LEAP provides full-time intensive English instruction and offers non-native speakers the linguistic, academic, and social skills they need to be successful in an American university. Students come to LEAP for a variety of reasons. Some study in LEAP for a short time to improve their English language skills; others seek degrees from Wright State.

LEAP offers:

  • integrated curriculum that reinforces input and results in greater retention.
  • TOEFL waiver for admission to Wright State for qualified undergraduate and graduate students who successfully complete the LEAP program. Visit the International Admissions website to find out the admission criteria for available programs.
  • test preparation course offered to Level 4 students to practice for IELTS and TOEFL tests.
  • experienced faculty, all with advanced degrees in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or a related field and experience teaching English at the university level.
  • writing classes in computer labs using the latest computer technology.
  • collaboration with Wright State's TESOL program and many university courses.
  • field trips to local sites of interest and other extracurricular activities.
  • access to all Wright State academic and recreational facilities.

Customized programs are available based on client needs. Please contact us for more information. 

Success Stories

When she begins her Fulbright experience in Taiwan this summer, it will be the fifth foreign country Emma Peterson has lived and studied in during the past four years.
Julia Hitchcock, who graduated with a degree in biology from Wright State in 2017, is the recipient of the four-year Boonshoft Scholars scholarship.

Department News

LEAP gives student and his family a unique summer experience

While Gustavo Santos took classes in Wright State's LEAP Intensive English Program, his family got to experience American culture.

LEAP hosts international potluck to wrap up summer semester

LEAP Cultural Hours are designed to introduce international students to other cultures, meet new people and practice their English skills outside of class.

2012 grad returns to Wright State to give English workshop

Ashley Velazquez, an assistant professor at the University of Washington-Bothell, gave a workshop on the Corpus and Repository of Writing (Crow) interface.

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