1This program provides English comprehensive skill classes including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar for students. Depending on the CaMLA® score, a placement test, students are assigned to a class which fits their level such as beginner, intermediate, and advanced English. It leads our students to get higher education opportunities or find better employment in the future. Taking advantage of its convenient campuses’ locations our ESL students make regular field trips to a number of historically, politically, and culturally notable places in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to become more aware of American culture. ESL classes are offered all year round, and each session is 10 weeks long. A TOEFL® preparation course is also offered, which covers iBT TOEFL® orientation to actual test-taking skills. Students will be able to learn iBT TOEFL® listening, reading, writing, and speaking throughout the course.
*The Academic ESL program is not accredited by the COE and does not qualify for Title IV Financial Aid Assistance.
ESL101 Grammar, Speaking, Reading, Listening for Beginners I
This course introduces ESL students to conversational phrases and vocabulary for common scenarios and situations. Vocabulary development is based on related topics and practical discussions from each textbook unit. Pair work and pronunciation practice as well as group methods are facilitated. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to engage in basic everyday conversations using correct grammatical structure on everyday events in English.
ESL102 Grammar, Speaking, Reading, Listening for Beginners II
This course provides a strong foundation for vocabulary, grammar, and functional expressions needed to communicate at a basic level in a full range of situations and contexts. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to engage in basic everyday conversations using correct grammatical structure, and develop basic listening skills.
ESL201 Grammar, Speaking, Reading, Writing for Intermediate I
This course provides students with the focus on a larger, easily recalled, more natural-sounding part of the English language. Widely used phrases are chosen and put into activities where there are many opportunities to practice them. One main goal is to become a better conversationalist. Students who complete this course successfully will be able to understand basic idiomatic language, engage in authentic, meaningful conversation, and present short speeches to an audience for a variety of purposes.
ESL202 Grammar, Speaking, Reading, Writing for Intermediate II
As part of the sequence of courses for ESL, this course explores provocative scenarios and questions as a means of practicing the skills necessary to achieve success in dialogue. The course consists mainly of classroom discussion. In addition to daily text discussion, students review common dialogue scenarios, American idioms/ slang, newspaper articles, and current events. Students are encouraged to pose new situations and ask questions with an emphasis on analyzing and communicating points of view.
ESL301 Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, Discussion for Advanced I
This course focuses on listening and understanding other people’s ideas, communicating students’ ideas, and exchanging them with fellow classmates. This course provides students with a unique collection of fluency practice activities designed to improve listening and speaking abilities. Students who complete this course successfully will be able to express their ideas in English, understand a wide range of advertisements, maps, pictures, and recordings, solve problems, exchange information, and describe experiences in class.
ESL302 Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, Discussion for Advanced II
The primary focus of this course is to promote conversational fluency and to facilitate language acquisition through the understanding of American culture. This course is also designed to help strengthen and expand students’ academic vocabulary. Words introduced are essential for a higher educational program. Students who complete this course successfully will be able to increase their cultural awareness and social skills, demonstrate accuracy in their spoken English, and express their thoughts and feelings through a diverse range of vocabulary, and be prepared for academic English tasks like reading, note taking, and essay writing.
ESL iBT TOEFL® Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
The primary purpose of this course is to equip students with the skills they need to succeed on the iBT TOEFL® exam. Students will receive a general overview of the test structure, time limits, question types, scoring rubrics, and exam content. They will also gain more detailed practice about answer strategies, note taking skills, and common test topics. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be fluent in essential academic vocabulary and expressions. They will also be able to comprehend, paraphrase, and integrate information from diverse academic and conversational sources. Students will be able to speak and write about various personal and academic topics with organized and well-developed responses.