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. The Academic Skills Program offers courses from beginner through advanced levels, Levels 1-8. Academic Skills Daytime classes run 8 weeks. Upon successful completion of one semester, the student will move up a level. 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 the TOEFL when entering any CUNY school, except Baruch College.
Academic Skills Daytime Classes consist of the following: (DAY/FULL)
18 Academic Hours per week for 8 weeks/ Tuition: $2000
Levels 1-8: Reading, Writing, Grammar and Oral Skills
Daytime Academic Skills classes offer courses from beginner through advanced levels. These classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, and oral skills for a total of 18 academic hours per week for Full Time students. We also offer various advanced level Full Time courses. Daytime classes can also be taken on a part time basis if space allows.
Writing Exam: All students will take the IELI Final Writing Exam at the end of each semester.
Oral Exam: Students in Levels 4, 6 & 8 will take the Oral Proficiency Test at the end of each semester.
Grammar classes review grammatical structures that students have previously learned while introducing students to new grammatical rules of English. Students are taught to apply grammar rules in order to become more accurate in both written and conversational English.
Writing classes are designed to help students develop and improve their written English in preparation for college-level writing. This is achieved through a process of revising and editing in which students learn the elements of effective essay writing: outlining, organizing and composing, as well as identifying their own grammar mistakes.
Academic Reading, Vocabulary and Test-Taking Skills
Reading, Vocabulary and Test-Taking Skills classes help students improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills by teaching them specific reading strategies. These include summarizing, skimming, scanning, paraphrasing, reading for inference, predicting and guessing meaning from context. These classes also help prepare students for test-taking. Vocabulary building is emphasized.
Oral skills classes give students the opportunity to practice their speaking and listening. Students will focus on academic, cultural, or work-related topics and themes. Discussions on various topics, role play, and presentations will be a key focus of these classes.
Additional options for advanced students in Levels 7 & 8:
Advanced American Theater or Literature (AV1)
The class is highly interactive and requires both individual and teamwork. Students will read and analyze the play or novel for symbolism, meaning and acting interpretation.
- Introduction to American Literature and Film: Advanced level students will read and analyze the book, then see and discuss the companion work on film/DVD. College level reading, writing, grammar and oral skills are incorporated into all coursework. Students will research the author, director, actors, themes and cultural settings and, as a final project, they will present their findings in a Film Forum. This course is offered during our Fall I and Spring I semesters.
- Introduction to American Theater: The American theater course will introduce advanced level students to an American play, a celebrated American playwright and the film version of this masterpiece. The grand finale will be a real stage performance. This course is offered during our Fall II, Spring II, and Summer Semesters.