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About the Academic Skills Program


The Academic Skills Program’s supportive and challenging environment provides intensive English instruction in the skills required for success in American colleges or graduate programs. This program is ideal for anyone whose goal is to apply to an English-language university. Academic Skills classes run in 8 week semesters and have 8 levels. Upon successful completion of one semester, students can move up to the following level.


Each level in the Academic Skills Program consists of the following courses:

Grammar classes review the form and function of grammatical structures. Students learn to master various topics and integrate them into their writing and speaking.


Academic Writing
Writing classes are designed to help students develop their written English in preparation for college-level courses. Students focus on learning the elements of effective essay writing: outlining, organizing, composing and self-editing.


Academic Reading
Reading classes help students improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Students focus on academic reading strategies including: skimming, summarizing, reading for detail and reading for inference.


Oral Skills
Oral Skills classes focus on improving students’ listening comprehension and spoken fluency. Students work on improving pronunciation and expanding vocabulary.


*Students who complete level 8 of the program and score a 10 on the Departmental Exam can waive the TOEFL score when applying to any CUNY undergraduate program except Baruch.



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