SEMI-INTENSIVE
ENGLISH PROGRAM

The English Program is designed for students who want to increase their English proficiency quickly and effectively for academic, professional or social purposes. Forum’s integrated communicative approach focuses on dialogues, role-plays, simulations and other interactive techniques that bridge the gap between knowing and using language structures in appropriate contexts. This program works on improving reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills.

 

The Semi-Intensive English Program focuses on general English for social and professional purposes with an emphasis on English for the workplace. This program provides a concise overview of critical language skills that can be used in a variety of settings. Although the Semi-Intensive program is not as comprehensive as the Intensive Program, learners will have a strong foundation of language use in various settings.

SEMI-INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

Program Information

The English Program is designed for students who want to increase their English proficiency quickly and effectively for academic, professional or social purposes. Forum’s integrated communicative approach focuses on dialogues, role-plays, simulations and other interactive techniques that bridge the gap between knowing and using language structures in appropriate contexts. This program works on improving reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills.

The Semi-Intensive English Program focuses on general English for social and professional purposes with an emphasis on English for the workplace. This program provides a concise overview of critical language skills that can be used in a variety of settings. Although the Semi-Intensive program is not as comprehensive as the Intensive Program, learners will have a strong foundation of language use in various settings.

LEVELS

The Semi-Intensive program consists of 8 levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior each of which are divided into two sub-levels.

Students are placed into the appropriate level according to the results of the placement test. Each level is 8 weeks long and provides 96 hours of instruction with 12 hours of study per week. Classes are held three hours every day Monday through Thursday.

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.

To see the proficiency scale for all levels in this program please see the Student Handbook located under the 'Students' tab.

BEGINNER  LEVEL 1

This level establishes survival level proficiency. Students develop basic speech patterns and a core grammar foundation to have basic conversational exchanges. Students will learn how to express and ask about personal information, preferences, abilities, places and make comparisons. Students will acquire basic reading and writing skills to complete forms and write short texts and messages.

BEGINNER LEVEL 2

This level builds students’ core grammar foundation to advance their range of discussion topics and begins to further develop their writing skills. Students will be able to discuss past experiences, changes and upcoming plans. Students will also be able to perform a range of errands including ordering food, going to the doctor and going to a restaurant. Students will also begin to write and focus on formal paragraph structure.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 1

In this level, students will expand their vocabulary and begin bridging the gap between knowing and using grammar structures in the appropriate contexts. Students will be able to talk about more complex topics such as special events, urban life, and technology, give simple instructions on how to do something, and make complaints and comparisons. Students will also gradually begin to develop their professional writing and presentation skills.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2

In this level, students will learn to understand and summarize materials presented in specific contexts. Students will also learn how to express wishes, describe abilities and skills, compare time periods and speculate about past and future events both in speaking and in writing. Students will learn to listen, understand and summarize interviews, talks and video materials presented in specific contexts and recognize idiomatic language. This level also focuses on further developing professional presentation skills.

ADVANCED LEVEL 1

This level begins to develop creative presentation and formal writing skills. Students will learn storytelling skills and discuss different personalities and careers, learning methods and cultural encounters. Students will be able to comprehend longer conversations and talks as well as descriptive reading passages by identifying main ideas and inferences. This level also works on introducing students to a range of professional writing documents as well as begins to introduce students to professional email writing.

ADVANCED LEVEL 2

This level enables students to understand and summarize authentic listening and reading materials, converse on more complex contemporary matters, take a stand in speaking and writing and focus on grammar usage to improve accuracy in speaking and writing. In this level, students will acquire knowledge on contemporary issues enabling them to discuss a range of complex and controversial topics with more accuracy. Students will also develop their professional writing skills with more expansive vocabulary and stronger structure.

SUPERIOR LEVEL 1

This level focuses heavily on establishing familiarity of business language and advanced grammar. Students will understand social etiquette in the work place and cultural differences. Students will also explore a range of discussion topics that will help students develop a high-level vocabulary and idiomatic expressions and fine-tune language use to build confidence in speaking, reading, writing and understanding English in professional and formal settings.

SUPERIOR LEVEL 2

In this level, students refine their abilities in stating their positions on a variety of topics utilizing specialized vocabulary and precise language use when expressing themselves in debates, presentations and writing. Students will develop strong critical thinking and discourse skills by participating in dynamic discussions on a wide range of multifaceted topics. Students will also clearly understand the difference between grammar categories and concepts and use them meaningfully while correcting their errors in speaking and writing.