We offer ESL and TOEFL courses for students who want to learn language in an English-speaking country. Become fluent in English and experience Los Angeles inside and outside of the classroom.


ESL Beginning Level

Students are introduced to basic English grammar by beginning with simple structures, which they will continue to develop in ESL Beginning II. In the 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 a familiarity 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 the conversation, role playing, listening exercises and class readings to practice the grammatical structures learned in the textbook. The goal is to allow students to engage in English conversation naturally and at a manageable pace.


ESL Intermediate Level

Students are introduced to more complicated uses of the past, present and future verb tenses, including the present progressive and past perfect, covering reflexive pronouns, comparatives, gerunds and infinitives. In the conversation/listening, the student is familiarized with these grammatical structures by having them practice in situational conversations. Weekly readings are utilized to expand English comprehension and provide topics for discussion. The instructor also uses material outside of textbooks to explain American culture and slang.


ESL Advanced Level

Students continue to learn more complex grammatical structures so that they may connect and develop idea 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, how to distinguish between definite and indefinite articles, and compositional organization. In the conversation/listening section, students practice these structures in situational conversation as well as work to expand students' ideas through discussion of culture and current events. Readings and discussions are introduced with more frequency, assisting the student in becoming a fluent English speaker. To develop students' ability to express ideas, writing assignments are given.


TOEFL

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 complete overview 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-test 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 skills practiced in the textbook.