Program Design

Program Features

  • Small class size (average 15 students)
  • Individualized attention and learning
  • ESL Tutoring Center
  • Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Expert language instructors
  • Exploration and explanation of U.S. American culture
  • Dual enrollment study with Troy University and ESL, if qualified
  • Conversation Partnership with US American students
  • Modern multimedia laboratory
  • Extracurricular activities and travel

Curriculum

ESL offers an intensive English program of study at six levels for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the language skills of reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. Understanding US American culture is an integral part of each class. Teachers use audio/visual materials, multimedia-based technology, and individual attention to provide every student with the opportunity to master the English language.

Levels

ESL offers 6 levels of intensive study each 8 weeks. Students may enter the program in the middle of a semester.

Levels per Semester

  • Level I Beginning
  • Level II High Beginning
  • Level III Intermediate Level
  • Level IV High Intermediate Level
  • Level V Advanced Level
  • Level VI Advanced
  • (Not Required) Plus classes for those already proficient in English but wanting to further develop their language and cultural abilities.

All classes earn institutional credit. Advanced classes earn up to 6 credits of academic credit., upon request.

ESL Curriculum (20 hrs/week)

Grammar

Oral and written work supplemented with computer lab assignments. Covers parts of speech, basic sentence structure, and tenses.

Listening/Speaking

Content includes functional listening strategies, sound discrimination, basic conversation, selective listening, examination of grammatical and phonological features of spoken English and the development of listening strategies and note-taking skills for academic lectures. Intensive practice in sound production and differentiation as well as syllable stress, word stress, and intonation patterns. Increases fluency and confidence by building vocabulary and providing controlled speaking practice in a safe environment.

Reading

Focus on building vocabulary, developing reading skills such as finding main ideas, locating pronoun referents, and using context clues and increase reading speed and comprehension.

Writing

Focus on sentence-level writing, paragraph-level writing, and essay construction. Note: Students advance from level to level as a result of the grades they earn in each of their core classes. Students who excel in their classes may be qualified to skip a level.

Key Principle

The unique needs of each student are carefully evaluated using a comprehensive series of diagnostic measures designed to place students in classes which match their level of ability and address the specific skills they need to work on. Progress is closely monitored throughout each student's course of study to ensure a steady and timely progression to a higher level of language proficiency. The ESL Placement exam is administered to new students at the beginning of each term.

Courses

Writing 01

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to clearly write the letters of the English alphabet and the numbers as commonly written in the US.
  • Know the basic sentence structure: Subject + Verb + (object) or (complement).
  • Know what a subject, a verb, an object, and a complement are.
  • Be able to write simple sentences in the present tense.
  • Increase basic vocabulary knowledge in both academic and everyday-life areas.
  • Learn basic grammatical rules necessary for writing.
  • Be able to spell most high-frequency words (cf. the General Service List of English Words).
  • Be able to use Microsoft Word as a basic level.

Reading 01

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to recognize the letters of the English alphabet.
  • Gain basic academic and high-frequency vocabulary words (cf. the Academic Word List)
  • Learn synonyms and antonyms.
  • Be able to use common vocabulary in appropriate contexts.
  • Be able to answer True-or-False-type questions.
  • Learn at least 300 words.

Grammar 01

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to form and use the present tense of common verbs.
  • Use common frequency adverbs (always, usually, often, sometimes, seldom, rarely, and never) in the simple present tense.
  • Be able to form Yes/No questions and short answers (both affirmative and negative).
  • Be able to ask basic Wh- questions using who, what, how, and where.
  • Be able to use basic expressions of quantity, articles (a, an, the, some, and any), and demonstratives (this, that, these, those) with common count and non-count nouns.
  • Learn and use subject and object pronouns in place of nouns.
  • Recognize and use correct word order in simple sentences.

Listening/Speaking 01

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand and produce basic pronunciation patterns in English (word stress and minimum pairs).
  • Understand and use simple words and learned phrases.
  • Use learned phrases, such as introductions, in conversation.

Writing 02

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Have a better understanding of basic sentence structures.
  • Be able to write more varied simple sentences.
  • Increase vocabulary and learn more complex words.
  • Have a better understanding of basic grammatical rules learned in Level 1.
  • Be able to spell most high-frequency words.
  • Be able to use Microsoft Word more effectively.

Reading 02

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to read and understand short sentences
  • Be able to infer meaning and comprehension from unchallenging texts and texts with pictures
  • Learn basic academic and high-frequency vocabulary words (cf. the General Service List of English Words).
  • Learn synonyms and antonyms.
  • Be able to guess the meaning of common vocabulary words from contexts.
  • Be able to draw logical conclusions.
  • Be able to respond to reading with personal opinions.
  • Be able to make predictions based on titles, pictures, and glossaries.
  • Be able to search for and locate details.
  • Be able to define common academic words in their own words.
  • Learn common prefixes (pre-, mis-, im-, un-, il-, im-, dis-, bi-, ex-, mono-, multi-, re-)
  • Be able to answer True/False questions as well as multiple choice questions.
  • Be able to organize information in chronological order.
  • Learn at least 300 new words.

Grammar 02

By completing this course, students will:

  • Learn and use the simple past and simple future tenses.
  • Learn the present and past progressive and be able to differentiate between progressive and simple tenses.
  • Be able to form Yes/No questions and short answers (both affirmative and negative).
  • Be able to form and ask Wh- questions using who, what, how, where, whose, whom, and why.
  • Be able to use basic expressions of quantity, articles (a, an, the, some, and any), and demonstratives (this, that, these, those) with common count and noncount nouns.
  • Learn and be able to use possessive nouns, possessive adjectives, and possessive pronouns.
  • Have learned how to make suggestions with expressions such as let’s and why don’t.
  • Have learned the difference between direct and indirect objects.
  • Be able to form and use descriptive, comparative, and superlative adjectives and adverbs.

Listening/Speaking 02

By completing this course, students will:

  • Understand and produce basic pronunciation patterns in English (word stress and minimum pairs).
  • Be able to participate in short conversations of general interest.
  • Understand details in short listening tasks.
  • Be able to introduce themselves and their friends using learned phrases.
  • Be able to describe themselves, their friends, and their daily activities.

Writing 03

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • “Master” basic sentence structures.
  • Be able to write simple sentences effectively
  • Develop an average range of vocabulary that allows them to write freely.
  • Know different word forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs).
  • Be able to summarize and paraphrase simple quotes.
  • Be able to write an effective paragraph outline.
  • Expand their knowledge on basic punctuation and capitalization rules.
  • Learn a few common spelling rules including homophones, homographs, and confused words.
  • Be able to write paragraphs with clear topic sentences, supporting details, and a concluding sentence.
  • Be able to self-edit their work.

Reading 03

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to read and understand longer reading texts (one full page at least).
  • Develop a wider range of both academic and everyday vocabulary.
  • Understand topics, main ideas, and details.
  • Be able to infer meaning and comprehension from texts.
  • Know most basic academic and high-frequency vocabulary words (cf. the Academic Word List
  • Have a wider range of synonyms and antonyms.
  • Be able to guess the meaning of new words from contexts.
  • Be able to support answers with information from the text.
  • Be able to apply material/information read to participating in small class discussions.
  • Be able to draw logical conclusions.
  • Be able to analyze, criticize, and respond to reading materials with personal opinions.
  • Be able to make predictions based on titles, pictures, and glossaries.
  • Be able to search for and locate major points and details.
  • Be able to define common words in their own words.
  • “Master” common prefixes (pre-, mis-, im-, un-, il-, im-, dis-, bi-, ex-, mono-, multi-, re-)
  • Have a beginning understanding of word forms and their functions in sentences.
  • Be able to answer multiple-choice-type questions as well as cloze questions.
  • Be able to organize information in chronological and logical order.
  • Learn at least 300 new words.

Grammar 03

By completing this course, students will:

  • Be able to use all forms of the simple tenses.
  • Be able to differentiate between progressive forms and simple forms.
  • Have a basic understanding of time clauses (before, while, after, by the time, whereas, etc.) in complex sentences.
  • Master the forms of common irregular verbs.
  • Learn and use auxiliaries, including basic modals.
  • Know many of the rules governing capitalization and punctuation.
  • Be able to ask most Wh- questions (who, whom, whose, where, when, why, and how).
  • Have a greater understanding of all kinds of pronouns (subject, object, possessive, and reflexive), nouns, articles, quantifiers.
  • Have a basic understanding of subject/verb agreements.
  • Have a basic understanding of phrasal verbs.
  • Use more comfortably articles, quantifiers, and demonstratives with nouns.
  • Have an understanding of simple relative clauses.

Listening/Speaking 03

By completing this course, students will:

  • Recognize main ideas in short audio listening segments.
  • Expand knowledge on pronunciation patterns (word stress, sentence stress, and intonation).
  • Find and understand detailed information in short audio listening segments.
  • Take brief notes on short audio listening segments (short lectures or real-life talks).
  • Develop vocabulary and recognize grammatical structures related to listening tasks.
  • Learn common phrasal verbs used in everyday communication.
  • Make a brief presentation to the class (3 minutes).
  • Be able to start and maintain longer conversations.
  • Recognize and use yes/no, wh-, and tag questions.
  • Hold a brief interview outside of class on a topic related to in-class listening exercises & discussion.
  • Perform basic communicative activities in groups.
  • Gain confidence communicating with native English speakers.
  • Recognize common time markers (e.g. tenses, words). – Recognize simple contractions.

Writing 04

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to write compound sentences with common connectors such as for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so (FANBOYS).
  • Be able to write more complex sentences with subordinate clauses containing adverbs such as until, as long as, as soon as, whereas, just as, since, although, though, even though, unless, etc.
  • Be able to write more compound sentences with coordinators such as either … or, neither … nor, both … and, not only … but also, whether … or ; with common conjunctions such as however, therefore, as a result, in addition, in contrast, then, for example, consequently, besides; and with common transition signals such as first, first of all, second, third, finally, next, after that, and last.
  • Be able to use more complex punctuation such as parentheses, semi-colons, colons, and quotation marks; and know all of the capitalization rules.
  • Understand most spelling rules. - “Master” paragraphs and personal letters.
  • Considerably increase academic and real-life vocabulary necessary to write more freely.
  • Be able to summarize longer passages and paraphrase more complex quotes.
  • Be able to write clear introductions with clear general statements and thesis statements.
  • Be able to write clear body paragraphs with clear topic sentences and supporting details.
  • Be able to write clear concluding paragraphs.
  • Learn basic academic essay formats and write at least one five-paragraph essay on a common topic

Reading 04

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to read and understand longer and more challenging reading materials (two full pages at least) (readings include academic subjects, newspaper articles, professional texts, etc.).
  • Develop a wider range of both academic and interest-related vocabulary words.
  • Understand topics, main ideas, and details.
  • Be able to infer meaning and comprehension from more challenging texts.
  • Know most basic academic and high-frequency vocabulary words (cf. the Academic Word List).
  • Have a wider range of synonyms and antonyms.
  • Be able to guess the meaning of new words from contexts.
  • Be able to support answers with information from the text.
  • Be able to draw logical conclusions.
  • Be able to analyze, criticize, and respond to reading materials with personal opinions.
  • Be able to apply material/information read to participating in class discussions.
  • Develop critical thinking.
  • Be able to conduct independent research to expand on reading topics and report findings.
  • Be able to summarize readings.
  • Learn more on word forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs).
  • Be able to make predictions based on titles, pictures, and glossaries.
  • Be able to scan and skim reading texts for information.
  • Be able to search for and locate major points and details from the readings.
  • Be able to define common words in their own words.
  • Learn prefixes, common roots, and common suffixes.
  • Be able to answer multiple-choice-type questions as well as cloze questions.
  • Be able to organize information in chronological and logical order.
  • Recognize and identify various styles and registers
  • Learn at least 300 new words.

Grammar 04

By completing this course, students will:

  • Have mastered all forms of simple tenses.
  • Have mastered all forms of progressive tenses.
  • Have learned to form and use the present and past perfect, present perfect progressive and past perfect progressive.
  • Be able to ask Wh- questions more accurately and have a moderate understanding of negative and tag questions.
  • Use nouns, pronouns, articles, and quantifiers more accurately.
  • Be able to use subject/verb agreements more accurately.
  • Have a moderate understanding of gerunds and infinitives.
  • Have learned more phrasal verbs, separable and inseparable.
  • Have a moderate understanding of adjective clauses in complex sentences.
  • Have learned all forms of modals.
  • Have a moderate understanding of the passive voice.
  • Have a moderate understanding of conditional sentences.
  • Have a moderate understanding of direct and indirect speeches.
  • Correctly use most regular and irregular verbs
  • Correctly use most conditionals
  • Understand and use parallel structures at the word and phrase level

Listening/Speaking 04

By completing this course, students will:

  • Recognize main ideas and supporting details in longer audio listening segments.
  • Improve pronunciation patterns and be more intelligible to native speakers.
  • Understand English spoken at a normal or near-normal reate of speed.
  • Take notes from short academic and professional talks and conversations.
  • Discuss topics and carry out tasks in small groups.
  • Be able to lead group discussions.
  • Be able to form and ask relevant questions on a variety of issues.
  • Expand knowledge of phrasal verbs and other common phrases.
  • Make a brief and well-researched presentation to the class (5 – 7 minutes)
  • Be able to start and maintain conversations both in the classroom and outside.
  • Recognize emotion in speech.
  • Conduct interviews both in the classroom and outside.
  • Be able to agree, contradict, advise, complain, and argue.

Writing 05

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to write more complex and compound sentences with ease.
  • Understand all the capitalization and punctuation rules and be familiar with citing sources.
  • Have a wide range of academic and content-based vocabulary.
  • Effectively learn spelling rules and write more accurately.
  • Be able to write faster and more freely.
  • Be able to write effective essay outlines.
  • Be able to paraphrase and summarize more effectively.
  • Be able to write longer essays more clearly and with stronger arguments (essays include persuasive, cause/effect, compare/contrast essays, e-mails, and business reports).
  • Be able to edit their own work more effectively.
  • (Students completing this level should be able to start academic.)

Reading 05

By completing this course, students will:

  • Be able to read and comprehend college-like texts (both in content and length) in a variety of fields (social science, biology, psychology, history, etc.)
  • Develop a wider range of vocabulary (including idioms) both academically and professionally.
  • Be able to read and understand non-academic but authentic materials such as newspaper articles, magazines, professional and administrative texts, etc.
  • Be able to conduct independent research to expand reading topics.
  • Understand different word forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) and use them effectively.
  • Understand word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and roots) and guess the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Be able to use context clues to guess the meaning of uncommon words.
  • Be able to write effective summaries.
  • Interpret charts, diagrams, tables, and statistics.
  • Understand meaning through the writer’s tone, attitude, and organization of ideas.
  • Be able to use transition and signal words to understand the meaning of sentences and paragraphs.
  • Explain, evaluate, define, organize, interpret, analyze, and critique both academic and professional materials.
  • Be able to apply material/information read to participating in class discussions.
  • Understand topics, main ideas, details, and inferences.
  • Draw logical conclusions.
  • Be able to answer any type of questions (True/False, Fill-in-the-Blank, Multiple Choice, Cloze).
  • Understand sequences through pronoun references, transitions, and time progression and their functions in academic writing.
  • Learn at least 300 new words.

Grammar 05

By completing this course, students will:

  • Have completely mastered all forms of simple tenses.
  • Have completely mastered all forms of progressive tenses.
  • Have a greater understanding of perfect and perfect progressive tenses.
  • Learn the difference between tense and time.
  • Have learned all types of Wh- questions, negative questions, and tag questions.
  • Have a near master understanding and usage of nouns, pronouns, articles, quantifiers, and subject/verb agreements.
  • Have learned all forms of gerunds and infinitives.
  • Have learned more phrasal verbs.
  • Be able to use adjective clauses accurately in complex sentences.
  • Use modal auxiliaries in any sentence.
  • Be able to use the passive voice more accurately.
  • Be able to write conditional sentences more accurately.
  • Be able to write direct and indirect sentences more accurately.
  • Have a moderate understanding of noun and adverb clauses; noun and adverb phrases.
  • Have a moderate understanding of coordinating conjunctions and parallel structures.
  • Recognize register and styles.
  • Use punctuation to extend meaning.
  • Recognize relationships among clauses
  • Understand the use of transition words and other means of providing cohesion among sentences.

Listening/Speaking 05

By completing this course, students will:

  • Recognize main ideas and supporting details in college-like listening tasks.
  • Recognize emotions and implications in speech.
  • Improve pronunciation patterns and be more intelligible to native speakers.
  • Take longer and more effective notes from academic and professional talks and conversations.
  • Discuss topics and carry out tasks in small groups.
  • Be able to lead group discussions.
  • Be able to form and ask relevant questions on a variety of issues.
  • Expand knowledge of phrasal verbs and other common phrases.
  • Make longer and well-researched presentations to the class (7 – 10 minutes)
  • Be able to start and maintain conversations both in the classroom and outside.
  • Conduct interviews both in the classroom and outside.
  • Effectively express agreements, contradictions, advice, complaints, and opinions.
  • Overall, speak more confidently and clearly.

Writing 06

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able to write in a variety of sentence structures (simple, complex, compound, and complex-compound).
  • Master punctuation rules (commas, periods, semi-colons, parentheses, colons, hyphens, etc.) and capitalization rules.
  • Master and apply spelling rules
  • Have a college-like vocabulary knowledge span in both academic and professional fields.
  • Be able to conduct limited independent research, take effective notes, and cite sources in their work both with MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (America Psychological Association) styles.
  • Expand personal knowledge in academic and professional fields and be able to sustain arguments, and write logically, clearly, and powerfully.
  • Expand knowledge on the rules of formal writing and then write more effectively, both academically and professionally (argumentative, persuasive, cause/effect, compare/contrast, process essays, business letters, e-mails, administrative letters, etc.).
  • Expand knowledge on the essay writing process (brainstorming, outlining, writing general statements, thesis statements, topic sentences, and supporting details).
  • Be able to edit their work more effectively.
  • Feel more confident writing formal English.
  • (Students completing this level should be able to start academic study.)

Reading 06

By completing this course, students will:

  • Read and comprehend college-like texts (both in content and length) in a variety of fields (social science, biology, psychology, history, etc.)
  • Develop a wider range of vocabulary (including idioms) both academically and professionally.
  • Read and understand non-academic but authentic materials such as newspaper articles, magazines, professional and administrative texts, etc.
  • Understand different word forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) and use them effectively.
  • Understand word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and roots) and guess the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Use context clues to guess the meaning of uncommon words.
  • Be able to write effective summaries.
  • Interpret charts, diagrams, tables, and statistics.
  • Understand meaning through the writer’s tone, attitude, and organization of ideas.
  • Be able to use transition and signal words to understand the meaning of sentences and paragraphs.
  • Explain, evaluate, define, organize, interpret, analyze, and critique both academic and professional materials.
  • Be able to apply material/information read to participating in class discussions.
  • Understand topics, main ideas, details, and inferences.
  • Draw logical conclusions from any reading text.
  • Be able to answer any type of questions (True/False, Fill-in-the-Blank, Multiple Choice, or Cloze).
  • Understand sequences through pronoun references, transitions, and time progression and their functions in academic writing.
  • Learn at least 300 new words.

Grammar 06

By completing this course, students will:

  • Have mastered all forms of tenses.
  • Have mastered all forms of nouns (count, noncount, generic, specific, descriptive), pronouns (subject, object, possessive, reflexive, the forms of “other”), articles (definite and indefinite), quantifiers (a few, a little, much, many, some, any, a great deal of, each, every, a number of, etc.), and subject/verb agreements.
  • Have mastered all forms of modals (request, advice, suggestion, invitation, possibility, ability, etc.).
  • Be able to use a few confusing words (raise/rise, set/sit, and lay/lie) correctly.
  • Have mastered all forms of noun, adjective, and adverb clauses and phrases and be able to use them correctly in any sentence.
  • Be able to write passive sentences correctly.
  • Be able to use gerunds and infinitives appropriately.
  • Have expanded knowledge on phrasal verbs and related expressions.
  • Be able to use connectives, coordinating conjunctions, and parallel structures.
  • Write conditional sentences and wishes accurately.
  • Have reviewed and mastered all grammatical subjects studied in previous levels.

Listening/Speaking 06

By completing this course, students will:

  • Recognize main ideas and supporting details in college-like listening tasks.
  • Improve pronunciation patterns and be more intelligible to native speakers.
  • Attend real college lectures and take effective notes for writing and presentation purposes.
  • Discuss topics and carry out tasks in small and large groups.
  • Be able to lead group discussions.
  • Be able to form and ask relevant questions on a variety of issues.
  • Expand knowledge of phrasal verbs and other common phrases.
  • Make longer and well-researched presentations to the class (7-10 minutes)
  • Be able to start and maintain conversations both in the classroom and outside.
  • Conduct interviews both in the classroom and outside.
  • Effectively express agreements, contradictions, advice, complaints, and opinions.
  • Overall, speak more confidently and clearly.

Supervised independent skill-building practice at an appropriate level, using TV, radio, sound recordings, video, and software.

Supervised independent study at an appropriate level, designed to develop specific reading skills and increase vocabulary. Materials may include books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, and the Internet.

Supervised independent study of specific topics at an appropriate level, using textbooks and/or software.

Covers strategies and skills necessary for the TOEFL exam. Provides listening, structure, reading, writing, and speaking skills as they are tested on the TOEFL Students learn test taking strategies, take and analyze practice exams, and work to increase vocabulary.

Post-ESL Curriculum (Plus Classes)

ESL 1112     Oral Communication Skills     3-6 CEU

This course is designed for advanced students who have successfully completed level 6. The objective of the course is to intensify the listening and speaking skills learned in previous levels and better equip the students with both academic and professional speaking skills. In this course, students will listen to content-based academic lectures as well as business presentations and discussions. Students will learn to take notes more effectively and to respond critically to those lectures through debates and discussions. Students will also learn how to conduct research, write presentation outlines, and give presentations more effectively. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained greater confidence in their ability to speak English in any situation presented to them and to succeed in their major fields in college.

ESL 1113     Critical Analysis Skills     3-6 CEU

This course is designed for advanced students who have successfully completed level 6. The objective of the course is to intensify the skills learned in previous levels and better equip the students with college-level skills. Students will be reading content-based materials featuring American History, American Literature, and Sociology. Students will learn more academic vocabulary and further develop critical thinking skills to effectively respond to those materials through paragraph writing, summarizing, paraphrasing, and classroom discussions. Upon completion of the course, students will have gained greater confidence in their ability to read, comprehend, and analyze college-level materials and to succeed in their major fields of study.

ESL 1114     Experiential English Skills     3-6 CEU

This course is designed for students or professionals who wish to understand the pragmatics of English. Students taking this course will be exposed to everyday English as it is used in daily conversations in almost every aspect of life (ordering food at a restaurant, striking up a conversation with a stranger, attending a courtroom trial, dealing with a doctor, and so on). Students will learn common vocabulary, including phrasal verbs and slang expressions that they are likely to hear from those conversations. Upon completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of “real life English” and be able to overcome the challenges non-native speakers often face in real conversational settings.

ESL 1115     GMAT® Preparation     3-6 credits

This class prepares students to take the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), which is required for admission by most business and management graduate schools in the United States. The GMAT is divided into three parts: Analytical Writing, Quantitative (Math), and Verbal. This course covers the Verbal GMAT in the skill areas of Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. Students take practice tests in all three skill areas to learn test-taking strategies and techniques. Test answers and vocabulary are explained. The textbook for this course is The GMAT Verbal Review: The Official Guide (ISBN+13: 978-0-9765709-1-2), published by the Graduate Management Admission Council or a similar text.

Special Programs

ESL 0050     Special Program     Credit and hours vary

The ESL Special Program is designed for international students or professionals who wish to learn more about the American language and culture. Courses are tailored to the characteristics and specific needs and expectations of each particular group. Credit and length of program vary according to the group.

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