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Online English Program Level Descriptions

Online English Program Level Descriptions

The curriculum of the Online English Program consists of two levels of English proficiency. Levels are grouped into intermediate and advanced to allow students of similar abilities and interests to study together. 

Intermediate Level

Intermediate students can understand most questions and statements at normal speaking speed. They can carry on conversation with native speakers in most social situations. Nevertheless, their fluency and accuracy may still be weak in one or more areas. Students at the intermediate level are expected not only to practice English in meaningful conversation but also to gradually prepare for more advanced study for a variety of social, academic, and professional purposes. 

Advanced Level

Advanced students can use English with accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing. They are approaching readiness or are nearly ready to begin academic study. Students at the advanced level are expected to deliver oral presentations, read academic texts, listen to academic lectures, and learn how to write academic papers and short extensive research papers.

Course Descriptions

Intermediate Reading & Writing I

In this course, students will improve their basic English reading and writing ability for general English communication. This course is ideal for those who live and work in English-speaking environments or those who need to improve their English for a variety of purposes. Through reading and discussing short passages leveled for intermediate English learners, students will learn reading comprehension strategies and improve their vocabulary and grammar. Students will also learn strategies for writing summaries, emails, and well-organized paragraphs, including topic sentences, transitional expressions, supporting details, and concluding sentences. Topics will be related to daily life, social issues, popular culture, and current events. Students who complete this course will be prepared for further English study for academic or business purposes and may choose to continue to the High Intermediate course.

Intermediate Listening & Speaking I

This course is designed to build the listening and speaking skills of non-native English speakers who wish to improve their general English communication.  Students will practice listening to different types of spoken English and discussing what they hear. The language focus is on listening comprehension as well as the production of spoken English. Students are given supporting materials to help develop listen comprehension from authentic English materials with the goal of identifying the main ideas and supporting details of listening articles. Students will participate in discussions and practice expressing their opinions, agree and disagree with others, ask for clarification.

Advanced Reading & Writing I

In this academic English course, students will continue improving their English reading and writing ability. This course is ideal for those who want to attend university programs taught in English. Through reading and discussing authentic articles and literature, students will improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students will also learn strategies for writing different styles of formal academic essays, such as comparison, cause-effect, and argument. They will also improve their ability to write effective introductions, thesis statements, topic sentences, body paragraphs, and conclusions. They will begin incorporating outside research into their writing and learn basic strategies for avoiding plagiarism. Topics will focus on a variety of social issues from an academic perspective. Students who complete this course will be prepared for the High Advanced level course to further their academic English studies.

Advanced Listening & Speaking I

This course prepares students for academic listening and speaking and is geared towards those who wish to continue their education in an English-speaking environment. The goal of this course is to develop communicative fluency and accuracy not only in everyday conversations but also in academic settings. In order to be prepared for university, students in the advanced course will develop note-taking skills as well as learn to manage seminar discussions. The language focus is on helping students to learn to comprehend authentic academic lectures of 15 minutes or less.  Students will be asked to take notes using a partial outline. Students will focus on learning to use abbreviations in note taking, recognize signal words and phrases, and use information from the notes to summarize the main ideas of academic lectures, answer comprehension questions and discuss the lectures. Students will prepare questions and participate in whole class and small seminar discussions about academic lectures as well as informal listening passages.

Intermediate Reading & Writing II

In this course, students will improve their intermediate English reading and writing ability for general English communication. This course is ideal for those who live and work in English-speaking environments or those who need to improve their English for a variety of purposes. Through reading and discussing authentic articles and short stories at a slightly higher level than in the Low Intermediate course, students will improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students will also learn strategies for writing emails and simple academic essays, including introductions, thesis statements, topic sentences, body paragraphs, and conclusions. Topics will be related to daily life, social issues, workplace communication, and current events. Students who complete this course will be prepared for advanced English study for academic or business purposes.

Intermediate Listening & Speaking II

This course is an intermediate course designed to build the listening and speaking skills of non-native English speakers. This course prepares students to listen to and discuss a variety of topics related to popular culture and current events. Students will practice listening to different types of spoken English, including formal, conversational, and academic listening articles. Academic note taking is also introduced at this level. This course focuses on helping language learners break away from supporting materials and focuses more on independent listening comprehension of casual, intermediate level, authentic English as well as academic lectures created for language learners. Students are introduced to formal, academic lectures of 10 minutes or less with some simplified vocabulary that have been designed for English language learners. Students will be asked to take notes using a partial outline, use stressed words to identify key details including numerical information and dates. Students will organize and give presentations of 3-6 minutes.  Students are introduced to formal, academic lectures of 10 minutes or less with some simplified vocabulary that have been designed for English language learners. Students will be asked to take notes using a partial outline, use stressed words to identify key details including numerical information and dates. Students will organize and give presentations of 3-6 minutes. 

Advanced Reading & Writing II

In this academic English course, students will improve their advanced English reading and writing ability. This course is ideal for those who are almost ready to attend university programs taught in English but need to learn more about the expectations of American university classes. Through reading and discussing academic articles and literature, students will improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students will also learn strategies for writing university-level research papers, and they will learn how to avoid plagiarism by properly citing outside research in their writing. Topics will focus on a variety of social issues from an academic perspective as well as discipline specific topics based on the students intended academic majors. Students who completed this course will be prepared to begin academic programs at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Advanced Listening & Speaking II

Students in this class discuss a variety of cultural events and academic topics. Students also practice delivering presentations and actively participate and lead discussions in a group setting. The advanced course highlights the connections between speaking and listening for academic purposes. In order to be prepared for university, students in the advanced course will continue to develop note-taking skills as well as practice managing seminar discussions. The language focus of this course is on helping students to identify what aspects of academic lectures should be included in notes. Students will take notes from authentic academic lectures of 15-30 minutes in length. Students will use their notes to answer both objective and subjective questions, make inferences, summarize, discuss and debate. Students will begin to lead discussions on academic topics and deliver formal, researched presentations.

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