ESL Program Features

The academic curriculum focuses on all areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar/structure, and culture. Students also take an elective class. They may choose between Test Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS) or Popular English, depending on their level. There are 4 proficiency levels. There are 20 hours of class per week.

Class Schedule

Sample Schedule

 

 

High-Beginner/

Low-Intermediate

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

No Class

Friday

 

Mon - Thu

Class 5

2:00 – 2:50

Popular English

Popular English or

 Test Preparation

Popular English or

Test Preparation

Courses and Descriptions

Course

Description

Time in class

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 (4.17 hours)

per week

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

(4.17 hours) per week

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

(4.17 hours) per week

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 (4.17 hours) per week

Test Preparation

(Open to 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

(3.33 hours)

per week

Popular English

or similar course—

may vary by semester

(Open to 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

(3.33 hours)

per week

Additional Features

  • Classes meet daily, Monday - Friday.
  • On Friday afternoons, there are organized excursions. These are no extra cost. They are covered in the program cost.
  • International Student Health Insurance is not covered by the program cost.
  • Semester Break trips usually cost between $200-$300, depending on the destination and number of participants.