ESL Course (20 Hours/Week)

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The ESL program at AELS consists of 6 levels, from Basic to Level 5. The final goal of the ESL program is to be able to communicate comfortably in all areas of English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will improve grammar and conversational skills. Students take a placement test to determine which level they will start the course at, with each level taking 3 months to complete. At the end of each level, you will need to take the level test again to see how you've progressed in speaking, listening, and reading. If you have passed satisfactorily, you will move on to the next level. Once you have completed the highest level (Level 5), you will receive a certificate of completion proving that you have completed the ESL program at AELS.

Reading, Writing, Grammar

AELS conducts reading and writing activities at each level. Students will become more familiar with English sentence structure and will be able to read easily and expand their vocabulary through the level-appropriate reading passages. The writing activities will allow you to write your own sentences starting with simple sentences and progressing to formatted essays. In addition, you will learn many English idioms through this process and will be able to use complex grammar rules, which will help you to speak English accurately and more naturally. ‍

Conversation

AELS offers a variety of thematic and contextual conversation activities to practice speaking and listening skills that are used in real life. All classes focus on conversation between instructors and students. Instructors maximize learning efficiency by giving prompt feedback through constant dialogue with the students and correction of pronunciation and word choice. Through this process, students will practice speaking confidently and gain more listening practice through constant conversation. This is only possible with a small number of students in class, something that AELS is proud to offer.

Course Goals

Basic Goal: Students will begin to communicate basic needs in a variety of real life/survival situations.
Level 1 Goal: Students will begin to develop the necessary language competence needed to successfully function in survival and social environments.
Level 2 Goal: Students will achieve the necessary language competence needed to successfully function in survival and social environments.
Level 3 Goal: Students will begin to develop competence to live and work effectively in the U.S.
Level 4 Goal: Students will develop competence to live and work in the U.S. with some difficulty in order to function in most common environments.
Level 5 Goal: Students will develop competence to live and work in the U.S. with sufficient proficiency in order to function in most common environments.