Academic Program Options

1) Intensive English Language Programs

  • 5-week, 8-week, and 16-week sessions
  • Sessions begin in August and January
  • 20 hours of face-to-face instruction per week
  • Classes meet Monday - Friday
    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:50 pm (5 classes)
    • Friday: 9:00 am - 1:50 pm (4 classes)
  • Proficiency levels: 1) Beginner, 2) Intermediate, 3) High-Intermediate, 4) Advanced
  • Core curriculum: Academic Writing, Reading Comprehension, Listening and Speaking, Grammar
  • Students choose one additional course. Commonly offered elective courses: Test Preparation and Popular English
Courses and Descriptions

Course

Description

Instruction Per Week

Core Curriculum

(students take all four courses)

Reading Comprehension

(Levels 1 – 4)

Students analyze academic reading in English at a level appropriate for their language proficiency. Students work to improve reading fluency and comprehension. There is also a focus on vocabulary development.

250 minutes

Academic Writing

(Levels 1 – 4)

Students analyze writing models and receive instruction on the organization of writing at a level appropriate for their language proficiency. Students engage in the steps of the writing process to produce academic writing samples.

250 minutes

Speaking and Listening

(Levels 1 – 4)

Students practice speaking and listening skills for a variety of social and academic purposes and to the degree appropriate for their level of language proficiency.

250 minutes

Grammar

(Levels 1 – 4)

Students learn and practice grammar and sentence structures at a level appropriate for their language proficiency. Application of grammar skills is supported in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

250 minutes

Elective Courses 

(students choose one)

Test Preparation

(Levels 3 and 4 only)

Students learn test-taking strategies for major English language tests, specifically for the TOEFL iBT. Students actively study the components of the test, directions, and how the answers are scored. Students engage in practice exercises and a test simulation in order to help them to gain familiarity with the test and improve their overall score.

200 minutes

Popular English

may vary by semester

(all levels)

Students learn and practice common verbal expressions and idioms from quotidian English. There is also an emphasis on non-verbal communication, cultural differences, and stereotypes. This is a mixed level class. Students interact with other students of differing language proficiency levels. They are challenged to work together and to learn from and support one another. Quality of student work is evaluated according to student language proficiency.

200 minutes

Sample Class Schedule

 

 

Intermediate

High-Intermediate

Advanced

Daily

 

Monday – Friday

Class 1

9:00 – 9:50

Reading Comprehension

Academic Writing

Speaking & Listening

Class 2

10:00 – 10:50

Academic Writing

Speaking & Listening

Grammar

Class 3

11:00  – 11:50

Speaking & Listening

Grammar

Reading Comprehension

Lunch

11:50 – 1:00

LUNCH

Class 4

1:00 – 1:50

Grammar

Reading Comprehension

Academic Writing

Monday - Thursday

Class 5

2:00 – 2:50

Popular English

Popular English or

 Test Preparation

Popular English or

Test Preparation

2) English Language & US Culture Summer Program

  • 4 weeks
  • Begins late June
  • Classes Monday-Thursday
  • 16 hours of instruction per week