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

Business English

Intermediate or Advanced level of English

Course Objective: The Business English course offered at USA English Language Center allows students to gain a better understanding of English through the knowledge of practical, applied business practices. Students will acquire a variety of business knowledge including topics in administration, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, business etiquette, media, law, and creating a resume for job interviews. Students will cover dynamic topics of interest and discuss relevant material in the media and current events. Students will learn how to apply acquired skills when interviewing for a job in the work force, and how to effectively communicate with a potential employer. The class provides a learning environment designed to develop your business communication skills and confidence.

Students will develop language competency in the following areas: negotiations, presentations, corporate meetings and events, marketing and sales, business letters, economic trends and current events, resume building, and cross cultural understanding of the global community.

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!