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We offer ESL and TOEFL courses for students who want to learn the English language while immersing themselves in an English-speaking country. Become fluent in English and experience Los Angeles inside and outside of the classroom!
ESL Beginning Level I & II
Students are introduced to basic English grammar by beginning with simple structures, which they will continue to develop in ESL Beginning II. In conversation/listening, students will learn simple conversation models, such as greetings, and develop them in sample conversations and role-playing. Listening drills and reading practice are used to help the student develop an ear for English, as well as familiarize themselves with basic structures of expressions. The simple present, present continuous and simple past verb tenses are learned and practiced. They are also introduced to nouns, pronouns and comparative adjectives. In conversation, activities such as role playing, listening exercises and class readings are utilized to practice the grammatical structures learned in their textbooks. The goal is to allow students to engage in English conversation naturally and at a manageable pace.
ESL Intermediate Level I & II
Students are introduced to more complicated uses of the past, present and future verb tenses, including the present progressive and past perfect. They also get exposed to reflexive pronouns, comparatives, gerunds and infinitives. In conversation/listening, the students get comfortable using these grammatical structures by practicing them in situational conversations. Weekly readings are employed to expand English comprehension and provide topics for discussion. The instructor also uses material outside of the textbooks to explain American culture and colloquialism.
ESL Advanced Level I & II
Students continue to learn more complex grammatical structures so that they may connect and develop ideas clearly and concisely. At this level, students are exposed to an intense study of adverb, noun and adjective clauses; they are taught the causative passive, transitional phrases, composition organization, and the ability to distinguish between definite and indefinite articles. In the conversation/listening section, students practice these structures in situational conversation as well as work to expand their ideas through discussions of culture and current events. Readings and discussions are introduced with more frequency, assisting the student in becoming a fluent English speaker. To further develop the students' ability to express ideas, writing assignments are given.
TOEFL I, II, III, & IV
In the IBT TOEFL I preparation course, students will review high intermediate to advanced speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The students begin by taking a diagnostic exam to discover their weak areas. Then they receive a thorough breakdown of test-taking strategies for the IBT TOEFL test, including vocabulary development, strategies for reading comprehension, identification of listening topics, speech cohesion and pronunciation, and fundamentals of essay writing. Students utilize mini-tests and complete computer tests to prepare for the test environment. The IBT class accommodates all four levels of TOEFL instruction simultaneously. From the start of the year, each quarter is a progression in helping students improve their skills and thereby their scores. In TOEFL I, instruction is focused on the most basic fundamental skills practiced in the textbook.