ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
"Spoken English is so important because American universities expect students to discuss the academic material in order to achieve academic success."
-University System of Maryland
Advanced Study is for students with a TOEFL score of at least 500 who need added practice, particularly with speaking, and who may want to improve their TOEFL score to help their American university applications. Intermediate Study is for students who have studied English, but need to improve their reading, writing and spoken English before taking the TOEFL. All students enroll for 10 weeks of study that focuses 4-6 hours each day on vocabulary and intensive language training, and spoken English. Practice is also encouraged at night in supervised study halls before going to bed. Spoken English is so important because American universities expect students to discuss the academic material in order to achieve academic success. The teaching environment is demanding, but students learn at their own pace.
Included in all students’ study is a broad understanding of American life and culture that includes classroom instruction and trips to museums, art galleries and many other cultural centers. These trips are accompanied by the teachers who help them through experience in asking directions and questions in stores, placing orders in restaurants, and engaging in conversations almost anywhere. In addition to local trips, all students participate in longer trips to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland to do sightseeing and get further cultural and historical exposure.
Students are helped with understanding how American university study is organized, and are given individual counsel on how to select universities appropriate for their interests, and how to apply for admission. Trips to several university campuses will be organized that include meeting with university admissions officers. All teaching and learning materials are included with the tuition.
Housing for our students
Amenities include: Fully furnished units (including appliances), gym access, free internet, 24/7 supervision. The housing complex is conveniently located near a variety of local food markets, fast food restaurants and plenty of other food options!
THE FULL STUDENT EXPERIENCE
In all programs, students experience a combination of classroom time with the instructor teaching, instructor drills, computer-based learning and supervised study time. Students will be able to ask questions related to learning English, learning vocabulary, reading comprehension and speaking proficiency.