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Academic Skills - Afternoon Program

Intensive preparation in academic English designed for students who would like to study in the afternoons. You can choose either a full-time academic class, or, if very advanced, one to three Advanced workshops as described below.

Full-Time Academic Classes

In the full-time Academic program, students at the intermediate through advanced levels take classes which focus on writing, reading, grammar and oral skills for a total of 18 Academic hours per week on 4 or 5 afternoons. (Note: students may have to attend 1 morning elective class per week.)

  • Classes are held Monday-Friday, approximately 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • Classes take up a total of 18 hours a week for 8 weeks.
  • Students study four skills: writing, reading, grammar and oral presentation.
  • These classes are aimed at students in levels 4-8 (Intermediate to Advanced).

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Advanced Workshops

In the Advanced Workshops, students who have completed level 8 (the most advanced level in the regular academic program), or place high enough on the placement test, may take from one to three of the following workshops:

  • Advanced Writing, Reading and Grammar
  • Advanced Research and Library Skills
  • Advanced Academic Speaking Skills

Descriptions for each of these workshops can be found at the bottom of this page. Advanced workshops are open to students who have completed level 8 (the most advanced level) or students who test into the advanced level on our placement test. Advanced workshops meet for 9-18 Academic hours, 2 to 4 times a week for 8 weeks.

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Skill Descriptions

The following are general descriptions of the four different skills that are taught in the academic program. The focus of individual classes will vary depending on the level of the class and the individual instructor. (Note: Daytime students at levels 4-8 take an elective class in lieu of the oral skills class.)

Reading classes are designed to improve your reading comprehension by teaching you specific reading techniques. These classes will improve your vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Speed, accuracy, vocabulary building and dictionary usage are also emphasized.

The focus of these classes is the development and improvement of written English in preparation for college-level writing. Our aim is to help students improve their writing through a process of editing and revising. Students are taught how to identify their own grammatical errors.

The focus of the grammar classes is to introduce students to new grammatical rules in English and to review grammatical structures that have been learned previously. Students are taught to apply these rules both in written form and in conversational English.

Oral Skills
From simple speaking skills to conversational and academic contexts, these classes may include guided discussion, debates and practice in expressing opinion. Conversational fluency is emphasized and both audio and video materials are used to help students communicate their ideas in English.

Advanced Workshop Classes

The following are descriptions of the three different Advanced Workshops which are offered in the afternoon. The focus of each class will vary depending on the individual instructor:

Advanced Writing, Reading and Grammar Workshop
Have you finished level 8? Do you feel that your writing could use a little more help? Do you want to further improve your reading skills and review those really problematic grammar points that are so difficult to master in writing?  If so, then this is the class for you.

This workshop will include:

  • Writing various types of academic related essays
  • Reading and discussing an entire novel plus shorter non-fiction articles
  • Grammar lessons based on students' particular needs
  • Improving proofreading and editing techniques

Advanced Academic Speaking Skills Workshop
Do you always sit in the back of the class, praying the teacher won't pick on you? Are you nervous, afraid, anxious to make a presentation in front of the class? Do you avoid making eye contact with your teacher and fellow students? If so, then this is the class for you.

This Communication Skills Workshop will include:

  • Working collectively to improve your public speaking ability
  • Analyzing a subject in discussion groups
  • Learning how to get your point across
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing orally
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Brainstorming techniques

Academic Research and Library Skills Workshop
Are you planning to continue your academic education in the United States? Do you want to learn to write research papers? Do you want to know how to navigate the library and the Internet to find reliable source materials? If so, then this is the class for you.

This workshop will include:

  • Understanding the requirements of an academic research paper
  • Learning to use primary and secondary sources for research
  • Learning how to properly use the library
  • Learning to evaluate websites and navigate the Internet
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to organize and write a research paper


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