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Course Description

Students in the ESL Program study reading, writing, listening/discussion and grammar in several core courses. In addition, we offer a variety of elective courses that change periodically. While each level is tailored to the needs of the students, the following provides a general description of each class.

Reading

Acquire English, learn culture, and develop critical thinking skills while reading fiction and nonfiction texts. Our reading courses are designed to build your vocabulary and strengthen your ability to think in English. Read short stories by famous American authors as well as nonfiction pieces selected for their universal appeal and high interest topics.

Writing

Learn the mechanics of the perfect paragraph and the steps of the writing process. ESL writing courses cover all aspects of writing from sentence to essay, and help you learn how to focus and organize your writing. In the higher levels, you will learn the skills required for academic writing at the college level.

Listening and Discussion

Listen to authentic recordings to build comprehension skills and discuss how the covered topics relate to your life in the U.S. and at home. In listening and discussion classes, you will develop confidence in your academic conversation skills and cover the basics you will need to give presentations in English.

Grammar

Learn how English grammar works at the sentence, paragraph, and essay levels. By studying grammar, you gain a deeper understanding of the English language and how it is used. The goal is for you to use grammar in context and apply that knowledge to your speaking and writing.  

Sample Electives

  • American Culture through Film
  • Vocabulary Workshop
  • English Pronunciation
  • Conversation
  • New York City