Classes & Levels
Reading, Writing, and Grammar Core Courses
The courses in this track focus specifically on reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills. Students build their critical thinking abilities as they complete tasks and assignments appropriate to their level of proficiency.
1300 Reading, Writing, and Grammar: Foundations
Students in the 1300 level learn basic vocabulary and how to write simple sentences, questions, and paragraphs with correct punctuation and grammar. Students read short paragraphs and stories and learn to identify main ideas and details. Students also practice basic English grammar with activities to build confidence in basic structures.
1400 Reading, Writing, and Grammar: Low Intermediate
Students in the 1400 level learn more vocabulary and read short essays and articles. They learn to identify main ideas and details, as well as other comprehension skills. Students practice writing paragraphs and summaries, using simple verb tenses.
1500 Reading, Writing, and Grammar: Intermediate
Students in the 1500 level expand reading strategies by studying a variety of academic texts and fiction. They build vocabulary with words drawn from the readings as well as the Oxford 3000 and Academic Word List. Students produce original essays, summaries, and responses to articles and stories. Essays include descriptive, narrative, opinion, and cause-effect. Summaries include APA in-text citation format, and responses reflect critical thinking processes. In their writing, students use compound and complex sentence structures.
1600 Reading, Writing, and Grammar: High Intermediate
Students in the 1600 level expand their fluency in reading and writing by developing control in detail and meaning in both sentences and essays. They read articles on academic topics written for native English speakers and discuss complex ideas in formal summaries, class discussions, and simple academic essays. Students explore the major complex grammar structures in English and begin using them in writing and discussions. They also push their fluency in reading and writing by spending seven weeks reading a 150 to 200-page story and by writing argument essays in 30-60 minutes.
1700 Reading, Writing, and Grammar: Low Advanced
Students in the 1700 level extend their English fluency by building complex vocabulary, reading academic texts and writing essays. Students read, analyze, and construct the meaning of academic texts as well as classic American stories. They study complex vocabulary in and out of the context and practice precise word choice in their writing. Students write timed, five paragraph essays and multi-draft essays of various forms incorporating information from academic research.
Listening & Speaking Core Courses
In this track, students strengthen their proficiency in listening, pronunciation, and presentation skills. They participate in speaking activities which include improving the flow of conversation, expressing opinions, and sharing experiences and ideas. Teachers encourage students to practice thinking critically and interacting professionally via the English language.
1301 Listening and Speaking: Foundations
Students in this course learn and practice English letters, sounds, numbers, and informal English phrases. Students ask simple questions, act out classroom instructions, and learn to greet and respond to a variety of common English phrases. Students also learn to identify the main topic and key details in academic-based listening selections.
1401 Listening and Speaking: Low Intermediate
Students in this course practice sentence dictation (listening to and writing the sentences that the teacher reads). Students learn to listen for main ideas and details of short listening passages. Students also practice taking notes and have discussions and conversations and report about past activities and future plans.
1501 Listening and Speaking: Intermediate
Students in this course expand listening comprehension skills by taking notes on short academic lectures, paraphrasing, summarizing, and discussing lecture content. They practice oral fluency by developing conversation and presentation strategies for academic and professional environments. Students also develop oral fluency through vocabulary practice with words drawn from the Academic Word List, and through intensive practice with sentence-level stress patterns, intonation patterns, and natural pausing patterns. One of the highlights of the class is an interview with native speakers of English.
1601 Listening and Speaking: High Intermediate
Students in this course move beyond everyday conversation and begin to develop academic fluency by listening to 5- to 10-minute lectures and videos, by discussing complex ideas, and by preparing formal presentations. They practice planned and unplanned conversation by giving surveys to American college students and by doing interviews in class on their personal experiences, opinions on local and world issues, and thoughts on academic topics.
1701 Listening and Speaking: Low Advanced
Students in this course focus on spoken communication and active listening skills necessary for college level study. Students listen to a variety of recordings produced for native speakers, such as lectures, radio interviews, radio reports, and documentaries. They practice a variety of listening skills including note taking, comprehension of main idea and detail, inference, and determining viewpoint. Students improve their speaking by conversing on pertinent topics, delivering spontaneous speeches as well as structured presentations.
3350 Oral Fluency I: Learn to recognize and pronounce the consonant and vowel sounds.
3450 Conversation: Build confidence in basic speaking skills.
3470 Intermediate Vocabulary: Build your vocabulary with readings, exercises, and movies.
3620 Creative Writing: Read, write, and play with the English language by using a variety of descriptions, stories, poems, and other collections of work.
3650 Oral Fluency II: Review of all consonant and vowel sounds, learn about linking and reductions, stress and intonation, and increase overall oral reading speed.
3675 Academic Vocabulary: Learn the 500 words most often used in the English language. Acquire field-related vocabulary so you can talk, read, and write about family, friends, your home, school activities, and shopping.
3680 Quick TOEFL: Review and practice TOEFL Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, and Test of Written English.
3685 Academic Technology: Learn skills to help you take notes, write academic papers, and make presentations using current technology.
3690 Critical Thinking: Challenge yourself to practice high-level cognitive tasks in English.
3695 Service Learning: Get involved in the local community and build your English language skills in real-life settings.
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