Academic Skills - Daytime Program
Intensive preparation in academic English for students who would like to study in the day and in a full-time, intensive, academic class.
Full-Time Academic Classes
In the full-time Academic program, students at the high-beginning through advanced levels take classes which focus on writing, reading, grammar and oral skills for a total of 18 Academic hours per week.
Classes are held Monday - Friday, approximately 8:00 am 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 2-8 (High-Beginner to Advanced).
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 (Communication workshops)
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.
See our complete list of workshops.
Note: Communication class offerings change every term and are restricted to certain levels, so not every course described below is offered at all times. These courses are required for students in the full-time program.