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Courses

CELAC offers four courses in each of the five English levels: Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Conversation, and Grammar. Please see below for an overview of each course.

Academic Reading

This class helps students develop skills to read more efficiently as well as practice strategies to improve vocabulary and comprehension, learn to summarize, interpret, read critically, draw conclusions and learn to understand texts by scanning.

Students use a variety of materials including fiction, scientific texts, magazine articles, business documents and others. Most of the readings from our textbooks will fall into four categories that one expects to encounter in college: Reflecting, Reporting, Explaining, and Arguing.

Academic Writing

Students acquire understanding of the conventions of general and academic written English, including the ability to express ideas in a clear manner, increase vocabulary appropriate for different writing rhetorical modes, and edit written work.

Additionally, students will develop an understanding of basic research methods and gain a command of important documentation skills.

Conversation

This class helps students develop both listening and speaking skills. The listening component helps students improve their ability to understand spoken English through informal conversations as well as through academic lectures and presentations.

Instruction also focuses on an array of activities that will permit students to feel more confident about pronunciation, fluency, and accuracy. The overall objective of this course is to help students feel more assertive and confident about communicating in English.

Grammar

Students build on the syntactic knowledge of English grammar for both formal and informal usage. Class time is devoted to strengthen students’ abilities to produce new grammatical structures in a variety of communicative contexts.

As a result, students improve both their accuracy and fluency in producing and understanding written and spoken English.

Full-time attendance:

  • Students who are on a F-1 visa are required to take a full-time course load.

  • Full-time study includes all four courses and roughly 20 hours of instruction per week.

Part-time attendance:

  • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents can take part-time courses.

  • Students who are on eligible visa types NOT including F-1 student visas may be able to take part-time courses. Please contact us to confirm if you are eligible for part-time study.