Students will use and comprehend English at a native proficiency level, further developing and fine-tuning the academic skills necessary to succeed in higher education in the USA. In addition to the skills developed in Level 6, this course will help students successfully function in a college or university environment. They will be listening to lectures, taking notes, and preparing and conducting group and individual presentations. They will learn to develop analytical reading and critical thinking skills through problem-solving and other techniques. Students will acquire research skills necessary for presentations and writing projects and prepare them to overcome the learning and cultural challenges they may face along their academic journeys.
Students will be able to synthesize all information previously learned, developing analytical skills in reading and listening comprehension, being able to speak and write at a native or near-native proficiency level. This course prepares the culturally diverse students of A to Z Language Program to take the required new generation TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) in order to be admitted to US colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate programs). The content develops all the required skills for the language proficiency test: writing, listening, speaking, and reading sections. Students will practice strategies for writing the independent and integrated essays, perfecting what they already know in organizing and structuring the essays in the required formats.
Students will be able to communicate and function in any situation of American life and society, using all language structures fluently with minimal errors. Advanced level students are presented with contemporary issues and relevant content based on authentic radio broadcasts and topics of universal interest. Students will further develop listening strategies by identifying the main ideas and details in the reports and materials of the content-based interviews. As they fine-tune their listening skills, they will add vocabulary and become more familiar with idiomatic language. Students will learn to develop their ideas in a more profound form and debate different points of view. They will gain a deeper understanding of American values and culture. When reading about a topic, students will learn to integrate it into their writing, carefully focusing on sentence structure and overall accuracy. They will develop the necessary skills to outline ideas, and organize their positions in well-structured 300-word essays, which will include a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Learning to edit and peer reviews, along with various collaborative learning activities, will enhance student learning and achievement.
Students will begin to adapt, understand, and recognize linguistic structures at all levels, being able to function in most life situations with minimal errors. The integrated approach at the high intermediate level further advances students’ understanding and use of English in speaking, grammar, and writing. This course bridges the gap between knowing the grammar structures and using them in contexts. A wide variety of communicative activities will provide opportunity for students to discuss various topics with one another and talk to native speakers, understanding them in authentic settings with ease. Students will be involved in individual small presentations and learn the basics of research. Writing skills will develop from composing 150-word to 200-word essays within 30 minutes. At this level, students will also focus on creative writing skills and master techniques of free writing.
Students will begin recognizing and using basic grammatical structures habitually and fluently, and begin to use and recognize higher vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The intermediate courses will gradually increase students’ vocabulary and bridge the gap between knowing the grammar structures and using them in contexts. At intermediate levels, students will learn to use grammar structures more accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately. A wide variety of communicative activities will provide opportunity for active language use enabling students to discuss various topics with one another and talk to native speakers with ease, being able to understand them in authentic settings. Writing skills will develop from composing 75- word drafts to 150-word essays within a given time.
Students will further develop basic skills, adding more vocabulary and grammar to be able to speak about simple topics and have basic conversations, as well as being able to read/write at a high basic level. Through an integrated communicative approach to language acquisition, students continue to build up their vocabulary, learn new speech patterns and situational grammar structures in short dialogues and role-plays. Students will practice pronunciation patterns, learning to understand and participate in basic casual conversations to survive in an English-speaking environment.
Students will develop essential beginner skills in English reading, writing, speaking, and listening, for survival in basic situations in everyday life. This course builds essential speaking patterns, vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and helps with basic cultural orientation. Students learn to form correct speech patterns and write sentences in simple verb forms in the affirmative, interrogative, and negative structures, and also learn basic nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs.
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