Core Skills Courses:

Full time students are required to take all 3 credit core classes at each level. If a student gets a “D” or “F” in a class, the class must be repeated.

Listening & Speaking: 3 credit at each level

Students develop oral communication skills (listening and speaking) for various communicative settings in academic and non-academic environments. Classes will focus on developing basic comprehension, pragmatic understanding, note-taking skills, and skill expressing ideas verbally. 

Writing & Grammar: 3 credits at each level

Students will learn about the process of writing and how to write different texts genres, including journal entries, essays and research papers. Students will practice writing independent and integrated short essays. Students will also learn how English phrases, clauses and sentences are formed to support building fluency and accuracy when practicing speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Reading & Vocabulary: 3 credits at each level

Students will improve their reading skills through finding and understanding main ideas, comprehending vocabulary from context, making inferences, summarizing and other techniques. Note-taking, timed readings and vocabulary building are important components of this course.