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 language. Students will be exposed to basic sentence structure and will be provided the necessary grammatical tools with which to add more details and complexity 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 I & II

Intermediate and Advanced levels of English

These classes are for the English language learner who plans to take the TOEFL iBT, a standardized test fornon-native speakers wishing to transfer to a two- or four-year college in the U.S. These courses focuses on the four elements of the TOEFL test: reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course Objective: Integrated skills are emphasized on the TOEFL test, which demands that students be able to read a passage, listen to a passage, and write an essay on the information. At SDUIS, the TOEFL I & II classes 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 in detail. Many students in our TOEFL classes go on to attend San Diego University for Integrative Studies, earning a Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, or PhD.

Ample practice builds the skills and confidence that are keys to success in an English-speaking environment.

• 35 units of study in reading, listening, speaking, and writing

• Four full-length tests in TOEFL iBT format

• 1,200 questions in the units, quizzes, and tests

• Answer key, audio script, and score charts

• Nine hours of audio in mp3 format (on a single CD) included with the book

Business English I & II

Intermediate and Advanced levels of English

Course Objective: The Business English courses 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 I & II

Intermediate and Advanced levels of English

Course Objective: In the USAELC Conversation for Fluency courses students will learn English
for conversation and communication. The Conversation courses 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 these courses, 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 are available at the San Diego University for Integrative Studies


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