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Salem State University

Future-proofing an English program using the Global Scale of English

Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, was established in 1854 and is the oldest and largest institute of higher education in the North Shore area of Massachusetts. It prioritizes real-life learning contexts for its English learners to prepare them for success.

Company: Salem State University Industry: Education Location: Salem, Massachusetts, USA Solution: The Global Scale of English

English Benchmark test - Young learners


Salem State University needed to find an improved way to benchmark students, as well as have a unified curriculum, assessment process, and student learning outcomes. 


Salem State University used the Global Scale of English to help develop its curriculum. Its 10-90 scale has clear learning objectives to support personalized pathways and empower learners with clear guidance on the next steps. The GSE Teacher Toolkit provided teachers with the information needed to make this happen.


Thanks to the Global Scale of English, Salem State University has been able to adapt its programs to offer English for Academic Learners, English for Professionals, and English for Adults. Its curriculum is more personalized, giving a more authentic learning experience for its learners.

Adjusting curriculum to meet the needs of the learner

Learn more about how Salem State University introduced the Global Scale of English, selecting courses and assessments to help instructors personalize the learning experience.

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“By using the Global Scale of English we've discovered that we can redesign the curriculum that will meet the student needs.”
Elizabeth Cullen, English Language Instructor, American Language and Culture Institute, Salem State University

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