The workshop is designed for students who are only in the U.S. for a short period of time and would like to quickly advance in their English language studies while learning about American culture throughout their stay.
This four-week program offers an integrated approach that develops the necessary skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar to function in an English-speaking environment.
The workshop consists of four levels: Intro, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and is designed to be taken only at one level. Students are placed into the appropriate level according to the results of the placement test. Each level provides 36 hours of instruction and takes four weeks to complete with nine hours of study per week. Classes are held three hours a day for three days a week.
To see the proficiency scale for all levels in this program please see the Student Handbook located under the the 'About Us' tab.
The Semi-Intensive program is a non-credit program offered all year-round. Please call or e-mail to check the availability of levels and class times; the levels and class times offered will depend on the enrollment for each session.
The goals of the Intro Workshop are to develop students' basic conversation abilities and introduce them to American customs. Upon completion of the Intro Workshop, students will have a basic vocabulary to identify various objects and their surroundings. Students will be able to have basic interactions such as introducing themselves and others and talking about basic topics such as the weather and daily activities. Practice will include simulating daily interactions, completing a simple personal information form and listening to short dialogues.
The goals of the Beginner Workshop are to develop students' survival reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as provide them with a basic introduction to American culture. Upon completion of the Beginner Workshop, students will be able to participate and understand daily American interactions such as ordering food, giving and asking for directions, expressing health concerns and making reservations. Students will also become familiar with American phrases and customs. Practice will include simulating daily interactions, reading and discussing short passages, conversing on a variety of simple topics and composing basic sentences with new vocabulary and proper sentence structure.
The goals of the Intermediate Workshop are to enable students to discuss contemporary issues, expand their business vocabulary, improve their reading, writing skills and presentation skills as well as provide them with a better understanding of American culture. Upon completion of the Intermediate Workshop, students will be able to understand contemporary written and listening materials. Students will also expand their business English vocabulary, become familiar with idioms, compose short descriptive paragraphs and prepare individual presentations. Practice will include discussing a variety of contemporary topics, listening and practicing dialogues related to specific topics taught in the course.
The goals of the Advanced Workshop are to develop discourse on various cultural and professional topics, strengthen writing and presentation skills for a formal workplace as well as provide students with a better understanding of American culture particularly in the workplace. Upon completion of the Advanced Workshop, students will be able to understand and discuss a wide-range of more complex topics, write about personal experiences and deliver formal presentations. Practice will include learning business English vocabulary, simulating scenarios for the professional workplace, writing business memos and short letters and reading descriptive passages and stories on various topics and experiences.