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Academic Skills - Evening

Students who would like to study in the evening can choose to take a full-time Academic Skills Program or anywhere from one to three classes in the skills of their choice.

Full-Time Academic Classes

In the full-time Academic Skills Program, students at the Intermediate through Advanced levels take four classes which focus on writing, reading, grammar and oral skills for a total of 18 Academic hours per week four evenings a week.

  • Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 5:35pm to 9:35pm.
  • Classes take up a total of 18 hours a week for 8 weeks.
  • These classes are aimed at students in levels 3-8 (Intermediate to Advanced).
  • Students study four skills: writing, reading, grammar and oral presentation.
  • Students may take the TOEFL Preparation class in lieu of their grammar class for one term.
  • For a description of each skill set, please see the Academic Skills - Daytime Program page.


Part-Time Academic Skills Classes

In the part-time Academic Skills program, students can choose which classes they would like to take and can register for one to three classes on two to four evenings per week.

  • Classes are held Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:35pm  to 7:30pm or 7:40pm to 9:35pm.
  • Classes take up a total of 4.5 to 13.5 hours a week for eight weeks.
  • These classes are aimed at students in levels 3-8 (Intermediate to Advanced).


Evening Classes

The Academic Skills Evening Program consists of the following classes:

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

Academic 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 in which they are taught 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 are designed improve students 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.

Communication Workshops
Communication Workshops add a new, creative element to the IELI evening program. These multi-skilled classes target specific interests and needs of our students. Students can choose from classes that focus on academic, cultural or work-related themes. Topics may change each semester depending on student request.


TOEFL iBT Preparation

This TOEFL iBT Preparation class introduces students to all of the components of the new TOEFL iBT exam. Through practice exams in class, students will increase the speed at which they take the exam. The class also provides an excellent review of grammar, syntax, vocabulary and idioms as well as practice for the written portions of the TOEFL iBT.  It is recommended that students who take this class be at the High-Intermediate through Advanced levels, although a placement test is not necessary if this is the only class you want to take at the IELI. This class may be taken alone or as part of the full-time or part-time programs.


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 includes:

  • 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



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