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Academic Skills - Daytime

The Academic Skills Program’s supportive and challenging environment provides intensive English instruction in the skills required for success in American college or graduate programs. This program is ideal for anyone whose goal is to apply to an English-language university. The Academic Skills Program offers a standardized schedule. Academic Skills Daytime classes run 8 weeks.

Academic Skills - Levels 1 - 8 *Full Time & Part Time

The Academic Skills Program offers courses from beginner through advanced levels, Levels 1-8. These classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, and oral skills for a total of 18 hours per week for Full Time students. We also offer various advanced level Full Time courses.*Note: Students that successfully complete Level 8 will be waived from taking TOEFL when entering any CUNY school, except Baruch College.

Academic Skills

Academic Skills Levels 1 & 2: Reading, Writing, Oral Skills, and Grammar.
Academic Skills Levels 3-6: Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Communication Workshop
Academic Skills Levels 7 & 8: Students in Levels 7& 8, take one of the following Full Time classes:

Reading and Writing
Reading and Writing classes are integrated and designed to introduce beginner level students to texts that focus on gaining the skills and confidence to learn and practice English through reading and writing.

Grammar
Grammar classes introduce students to grammatical rules in English that are new to them. Students are taught to apply grammar rules to written and conversational English.

Oral Skills / Speaking and Listening
Oral skills classes allow students to learn and practice their oral skills. Students are introduced to basic communication skills and conversation practice.

Academic Skills – Intermediate Level
Students in Levels 4, 5, & 6 take classes in reading and writing, grammar, and choose a communication workshop for further oral skills development. Intermediate Level courses consist of the following classes:

Reading and Writing
Reading and Writing classes are integrated and designed to help students develop and improve their preparation for collegelevel reading and writing. This is achieved through a process of analyzing texts, writing with an emphasis on editing and revising, learning the elements of effective essay writing: outlining, organizing and composing, as well as identifying their own grammar mistakes.

Grammar
Grammar classes introduce students to grammatical rules in English that are new to them and review grammatical structures that have been learned previously. Students are taught to apply grammar rules in order to become more accurate in both written and conversational English.

Oral Skills / Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening at the intermediate level is through a communication workshop. Students choose among various topics to improve, practice, and focus on oral skills within a theme of interest to the student.

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
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.

Writing
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.

Grammar
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:These courses are required for students in the fulltime program.

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