English Language Programs

Students may begin class on any Monday

Classes are 18 hours per week. Level classes take twelve weeks to complete.


Beginning Level I & II

The beginning level class focuses on basic grammar and simple comprehension of spoken and written English. No prior English knowledge is necessary to study this level.

Course Objective: This class is an interdisciplinary course in beginning level English with emphasis on grammar, listening, reading and conversational skills. By the end of this course, students should be able to read and understand basic composition in English and be able to communicate verbally in a partially-fluent manner. Students will expand their knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary and prepare themselves for an intermediate-level understanding and use of English langauge. Students will be exposed to basic sentence structure and will be provided the necessary grammatical tools with which to add more details and complexities to their spoken and written language skills. Students will be able to speak and write complete, though perhaps simple, sentences upon completion of this course.

Intermediate Level I & II

This level focuses on reading comprehension, building vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills. Most students at this level have a good understanding of English and are often ready for standardized testing.

Course Objective: This class is an interdisciplinary course in intermediate level English with emphasis on grammar, listening, reading, writing and conversational skills. By the end of this course, students should be able to compose complete, semi-complex sentences and be able to organize a paragraph. In addition, students should be able to understand most informal questions, statements, and conversational English at a normal speed. Through guided discussion activities, students will learn to participate effectively in social and academic conversations. By having focused on more complex grammatical constructions, students will have the ability to use progressive forms of present, past, and future tenses.

Advanced Level I & II

Professional/college level conversation abilities and knowledge of the subtleties of English are necessary to succeed in this level. Advanced conversation, pronunciation, and reading comprehension are the main focus of the Advanced level to enhance the student’s grasp of English fluency.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, students should feel comfortable writing essays with basic control of organization, be able to extract key information from academic material, and speak fluently with only occasional misuse of idioms. Additionally, students will have complemented their understanding of colloquial language and will be able to correctly and effectively use grammar, punctuation, and spelling in all forms of writing. Students at this level are well on their way to fluency and should have the ability to thrive in social, professional, and academic settings.


TOEFL Preparation

Intermediate or Advanced level of English
This class is for the English language learner who plans to take the iBT or paper based TOEFL test, a standardized test for non-native speakers wishing to transfer to a two- or four-year college in the U.S.

This course focuses on the four elements of the TOEFL test: reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.

Integrated skills are now emphasized on the TOEFL test, which demand that students be able to read a passage, listen to a passage, and write an essay on the information. The TOEFL Preparation Course at SDUIS will help students prepare for the exam and feel confident on the day of the test. Our program has a high success rate with qualified instructors ready to cover the important topics. Several students in our TOEFL Preparation Course graduate to one of our many Certificate and Degree Programs offered at the SDUIS University Department, earning a Bachelors, Masters, PhD or Certificate.


Business English

Intermediate or Advanced level of English
The Business English course offered at SDUIS allows students to gain a better understanding of English through the knowledge of practical, applied business practices. Students will acquire a variety of business knowledge including topics in administration, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, business etiquette, media, law, and creating a resume for job interviews. Students will cover dynamic topics of interest and discuss relevant material in the media and current events. Students will learn how to apply acquired skills when interviewing for a job in the work force, and how to effectively communicate with a potential employer. The class provides a learning environment designed to develop your business communication skills and confidence.

Students will develop language competency in the following areas: negotiations, presentations, corporate meetings and events, marketing and sales, business letters, economic trends and current events, resume building, and cross cultural understanding of the global community.

Conversation for Fluency

Intermediate or Advanced level of English
In the SDUIS Conversation for Fluency course students will learn English for conversation and communication. The Conversation course will emphasize the importance of vocabulary, prepositions, and phrasal verbs, utilizing advanced pronunciation and recognition techniques, metaphor, symbolism, and imagery. Students will also reinforce basic-advanced grammar as it is altered and modified for fluency.  Upon completion of this course students will feel competent in their communication and verbal skills.

  • Accent Reduction
  • English Pronunciation Training
  • English Slang & American Idioms
  • Conversation and more Conversation!

Certificate and Degree Programs available at the San Diego University for Integrative Studies


SDUIS is a small, private University with a humanistic and integrative philosophy. Our programs are applied in nature and we strive to equip our students with knowledge and tools they can use successfully in real life after graduation. Our awareness of the relationship between mind, body, and spirit forms the basis for a socially, culturally, and environmentally relevant educational process and experience which we call “Integrative Studies.” Our faculty is committed to providing a socially relevant and highly practical experience for students so that they may begin their careers well prepared with the most current theoretical and practical knowledge available.We believe that our students have the capacity to make a difference in our collective future as agents of change in their professions and communities. Join our students by embarking on one of life’s great transitions, your dream career as a helping or business professional. We invite you to learn more about our programs by contacting our office at 619-297-1999 and enrolling in one of our upcoming classes.

List of Degree and Certificate Programs


  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Sport Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Information Technology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Certificate in Advertising
  • Certificate in Communication
  • Certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching
  • Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Certificate in Family Leadership Coaching
  • Certificate in Fashion Design
  • Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Certificate in Hospitality Management
  • Certificate in Information Technology Systems
  • Certificate in Integrative Nursing
  • Certificate in International Business Administration
  • Certificate in Marketing
  • Certificate in Sport Psychology
  • Certificate in Web Design