Intensive English Language Program – USAELC

Intensive English Language Program

Students may begin class on any Monday

Classes are 18 hours per week. Level classes take 12 weeks to complete.

The Language program includes the following courses: 

Beginning Level

Course Description: This class is for the English language beginner with a basic understanding of English and basic conversational skills. Students at this level can follow simple directions in English but are not expected to communicate detailed ideas. This level focuses on building a strong foundation in grammar through repeated and deliberate guided exercises as well as simple application activities. Vocabulary is enhanced through basic reading exercises and conversation skills are improved upon through simple dialogue and discussion. The required grammar text will be used on a daily basis and will be supplemented by activities and exercises at the discretion of the instructor.

Course Objective: This class is an interdisciplinary course in beginning English with emphasis on grammar, listening, reading, and conversational skills. By the end of this course, students should be able to read and understand basic articles in English and be able to communicate orally in a partially-fluent manner. Students will expand their knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary and prepare themselves for an intermediate-level understanding and usage of English. Students will be exposed to basic sentence structure and will be provided the necessary grammatical tools with which to add more details and complexities to their spoken and written language skills. Students should be able to speak and write complete, though perhaps simple, sentences without error.

Intermediate Level

Course Description: This class is for the English language learner with a transitional understanding of English and intermediate conversational skills. Students in the intermediate level have most likely studied English in their native country and have had some immersion in the language culture. Students at this level can follow slightly complex directions in English but are not expected to communicate in such a manner as a native speaker. This level focuses on complex grammatical concepts and more multifaceted sentence structures. Vocabulary is enhanced through reading and writing exercises and conversation skills are improved upon through detailed dialogue, discussion and direction following.

Course Objective: This class is an interdisciplinary course in intermediate English with emphasis on grammar, listening, reading, writing, and conversational skills. By the end of this course, students should be able to write complete, semi-complex sentences and be able to organize a paragraph. In addition, students should be able to understand most informal questions, statements, and conversation at normal speed. Through guided discussion activities, students will have learned to participate effectively in social and academic conversations. By having focused on more complex grammatical constructions, students should have the ability to use progressive forms of present, past, and future tenses.

Advanced Level

Course Description: This class is for the English language learner with a nearly fluent understanding of English and advanced conversational skills. Students in the advanced level have most likely studied English in a formal manner previously and have been immersed in the language and culture for some time. Students at this level can follow complex directions in English and are expected to communicate nearly as well as a native speaker, though the student’s accent may still be quite obvious. This level focuses less on grammatical concepts and more on complex sentence structure, vocabulary, writing, and professional-level dialogue.

Course Objective: By the end of the this course, students should feel comfortable writing essays with good control of organization, extract key information from academic material, and speak fluently with only occasional misuse of idioms. Additionally, students will have complemented their understanding of colloquial language and will be able to correctly and effectively use grammar, punctuation, and spelling in all forms of writing. Students at this level are well on their way to fluency and should have the ability to thrive in social, professional, and academic settings.

TOEFL Preparation

Intermediate or Advanced level of English
This class is for the English language learner who plans to take the iBT or paper based TOEFL test, a standardized test for non-native speakers wishing to transfer to a two- or four-year college in the U.S.

This course focuses on the four elements of the TOEFL test: reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course Objective: Integrated skills are now emphasized on the TOEFL test, which demand that students be able to read a passage, listen to a passage, and write an essay on the information. The TOEFL Preparation Course at USA English Language Center will help students prepare for the exam and feel confident on the day of the test. Our English Language Center has a high success rate with qualified instructors ready to cover the important topics. Several students in our TOEFL Preparation Course graduate to one of our many Certificate and Degree Programs offered at the SDUIS University Department, earning a Bachelors, Masters, PhD or Certificates.

Ample practice builds the skills and confidence that
are keys to success in an English-speaking environment.
• 35 units of study in reading, listening, speaking, and writing
• Four full-length tests in TOEFL iBT format
• 1,200 questions in the units, quizzes, and tests
• Answer key, audio script, and score charts
• Nine hours of audio in mp3 format (on a single CD) included with the book

Conversation for Fluency

Intermediate or Advanced level of English

Course Objective:  In the USA English Language Center Conversation for Fluency course, students will learn English for conversation and communication. The Conversation course will emphasize the importance of vocabulary, prepositions, and phrasal verbs, utilizing advanced pronunciation and recognition techniques, metaphor, symbolism, and imagery. Students will also reinforce basic-advanced grammar as it is altered and modified for fluency.  Upon completion of this course students will feel competent in their communication and verbal skills.

  • Accent Reduction
  • English Pronunciation Training
  • English Slang & American Idioms
  • Conversation and more Conversation!

USA ELC Correlation to CEFR Proficiency Scale
Advanced 2
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations
  • Advanced 1
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning
  • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
  • Intermediate 2
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • Intermediate 1
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
  • Beginner 2
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment)
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need
  • Beginner 1
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • Can introduce him or herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help