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Advanced Academic English

  Course Description:

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Our Advanced Academic level courses are for people with a high level of English who want to make further progress in the language.  Typical learners at this level are able to use the language easily and fluently, and are aware of the relationship between language and culture, and of the significance of register. They are therefore able to adapt their language to a variety of situations and can use English in a creative and flexible way, and can respond appropriately to unexpected and unusual situations.  However, they may have trouble with particularly complex situations, and responding to multiple sources of information on unfamiliar topics.

The core classes focus on all aspects of the language, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The elective classes build on the language from the core classes, with a focus on communication and practical skills.

All our lessons give students the opportunity to learn and use English in realistic situations, and our teachers give regular homework to help you practice.

  Course Content:

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The classes use a range of methodologies and activities to help students learn and use the language.  The classes use a set coursebook, and these are supplemented with authentic materials, video and interactive technology.

There are regular progress tests and tutorials, which helps the teachers identify students’ strengths and weakness, and allows the students to check their progress in English.

Elective classes are specially designed to supplement and reinforce language acquisition. Students have the option of choosing these courses to enhance their four skills and attain a higher level of English proficiency. These courses help improve specific skills in preparation for greater career opportunities.

  Pronunciation and Accent Reduction

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This course reinforces speaking and listening skills. Learners develop the ability to understand and use spoken English with good pronunciation and a more natural-sounding accent.

  Advanced Academic Grammar

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This course is designed for advanced college- or professional-bound ESL students in need of an intensive grammar review. It reviews major structures and introduces more complex skills. Although the emphasis of the textbook is grammar, students will use the appropriate structures in speaking and writing exercises.

  Advanced Academic Listening and Speaking

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With emphasis on listening and speaking, this course is will develop listening strategies, refine listening comprehension skills, and expand students vocabulary. Students will listen to actual radio shows and interviews; summarize main ideas; and employ other techniques during discussions, debates, and role-plays.

  Intensive ESL for Business

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Our ESL for Business course is designed to prepare students to succeed in business and enlarge their knowledge of the business world. It introduces students to fundamentals of business, structures of various types of businesses in the United States and Great Britain. Also, it consists of interesting topics in international business and discussion of authentic materials from a variety of articles and books about business. It provides realistic business situations for speaking and writing practice.

  American Culture/Film 

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This course broadens students' understanding of American culture through the medium of film. Extensive analyses and discussions of various topics follow viewings of films selected for their relevance to American culture and impact on American society. Language skills are reinforced through the use of language in film, including idioms, phrasal verbs and twenty-first century vernacular.

  Conversation Practice Class

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The main focus of the conversation class is to give students the skills to be able to express themselves in everyday situations. Pronunciation, vocabulary and idioms are learned and practiced to further develop conversational skills.

Please click here for a sample timetable for our Advanced Academic English course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our Advanced Academic English course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • can express themselves fluently and spontaneously.
  • can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

These descriptors are summarised from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  For more information please see: www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf

Examinations:

It is a good idea to take an internationally-recognised examination to prove your language skills to employers or academic institutions.  The following English Language Examinations are suitable for people who have taken one of our Advanced Academic level courses:

Academic English Examinations

Business English Examinations

  What next?

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After finishing your Advanced Academic English course, try doing these:

  • Read articles and news stories about unfamiliar subjects in English Language newspapers and blogs using colloquial language
  • Listen to lectures in English (eg Ted Talks)
  • Help other people with their English
  • Write blog posts about unfamiliar subjects in English
  • Take a Business English course
  • Take a TOEFL Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take an IELTS Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take one of our online courses
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