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Topics of Study

Students can expect to participate in the following learning activites*:

  • Non-credit bearing courses
  • Experienced instructors providing personalized attention
  • 20 hours of English classes per week
  • Supplemental cultural activities
  • Integrated skills courses focusing on social and academic language
  • Post-TOEFL iBT exam   

For the beginning level: instruction in the fundamentals of English grammar and usage. For the advanced level: develop idiomatic sentences and paragraphs and study grammatical structure and format of both written and oral English.

The focus is on common grammatical structure of colloquial American English, learning idioms and patterns. Advanced level courses will have key structures and idiomatic phrases to communicate in class discussions, presentations, dialogues, and debates.

Reading and Vocabulary Skills
This class is for vocabulary building through readings from news around the world, newspapers, magazines, literature and textbooks. Students will be taught to define their purpose for reading, develop inferences and interpretations.

Learn to write effectively! In addition to grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage skills, attention will be focused on the basic concepts of sentence, paragraph, and essay development.

Customs & Culture of the USA
This course teaches about the land and people of the USA. Through an exploration of culture and history, students will better understand the differences and similarities between their own cultures and that of the United States.

Pronunciation & Listening
Improve English pronunciation and listening skills through this course providing extensive practice in real-world situations.  Students gain confidence in their speaking abilities through the study of intonation, stress, sounds, and rhythm.

TOEFL Preparation
This course will help students improve TOEFL scores by familiarizing them with the format of the test, providing tips for test taking, and offering numerous opportunities to practice TOEFL exercises.

 *Subject to change