American Language Institute

Course Descriptions

 

Level 1 -  Foundations

Foundation Reading, Writing, and Grammar

This course emphasizes reading and functional writing. The course is to help improve daily communication in English demonstrating familiarity with English semantic structure. Students must register for sections A and B with the same section number and enter them at the same time. Students need a B- or higher to pass. 

Foundation Speaking, Listening, and Vocabulary

The course aims to help students to improve their daily communication in English by building a solid foundation for beginners. Students must register for sections A and B with the same section number and enter them at the same time. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Level 2 - Basic

Basic Reading and Writing

Students at this level are supposed to have some foundational knowledge of English. The course helps students to improve their reading and writing ability, expanding their vocabulary, and becoming more confident in following expressing themselves in English. Students must register for sections A and B with the same section number and enter them at the same time. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Basic Speaking and Listening

Students at this level are supposed to have some foundational knowledge of spoken English. The course helps students to improve their listening and speaking abilities, and becoming more confident in expressing themselves in spoken English. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Basic Grammar

Students at this level are supposed to have some foundational knowledge of English grammar. The course helps students to improve their grammar, expanding their vocabulary, and becoming more confident in following expressing themselves in English. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Level 3 - Low intermediate

Low Intermediate Reading and Writing

Students at this level have some systematic knowledge of English. The course is to help students to become more proficient readers and writers of English through reading and composing academic writings using standard structure and writing process(es). Students must register for sections A and B with the same section number and enter them at the same time. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Low Intermediate Speaking and Listening

Students at this level can understand a regular mainstream of conversation on familiar topics such as school and main encounters. This course is to further develop spoken English skills through communicating with native speakers, among others. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Low Intermediate Grammar

Students at this level have some systematic knowledge of English grammar. In this course students learn more complex grammatical structure. This course is to further reinforce some complex structure. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Level 4 - High Intermediate

High Intermediate Reading and Writing

Students at this level can describe most concrete and some abstract experiences and express their opinions. This course is to help students demonstrate appropriate use of everyday and academic English. Students must register for sections A and B with the same section number and enter them at the same time. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

High Intermediate Speaking and Listening

Students at this level can deal with most daily communication with an acceptable speed. This course is to further develop accurate and fluent spoken English skills. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

High Intermediate Grammar

Students at this level demonstrate some good mastery of grammatical rules. In this course students will expand their English skills by using more complex grammatical structure. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Level 5 -  Low Advanced

Low Advanced Reading and Writing

Students at this level understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. They can produce well- organized essay with complex sentence structure. This course is to help students learn the academic English skills they need to succeed in academia. Students must register for sections A and B with the same section number and enter them at the same time. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Low Advanced Speaking and Listening

Students at this level can interact with native English speakers with some extent of fluency and spontaneity. This course enhances their language proficiency by listening to authentic English speeches and lectures engaging in small groups or panel discussion on subject topics. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Low Advanced Grammar

Students at this level demonstrate good mastery of grammatical rules. In this course students will expand their English skills by using more complex grammatical structure. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Level 6 - High Advanced

High Advanced Reading and Writing

Students in this level can engage in college-level reading and writing tasks with some guidance. The goal of this course is to advance reading, writing, and critical thinking so students can succeed in academia. Students in this level will be trained to write short yet well- organized and coherent research paper with clear thesis. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

High Advanced Speaking and Listening

Students in this level can engage in college-level reading and writing tasks with some guidance. The goal of this course is to advance speaking, listening, and critical thinking so students can succeed in academia. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

High Advanced Grammar

Students at this level obtain a solid understanding of grammatical rules in English. In this course students are able to formulate and clearly express complex ideas with minimum grammatical errors. Students need a B- or higher to pass.

Sample Schedules

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday*

8:30 am – 9:20 am

Reading

Writing

Reading

Writing

Reading

Writing

Reading

Writing

Reading

Writing

9:20 am – 10:20 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:40 am – 12:40 pm

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar

 

12:50 pm – 1:50 pm

Speaking Listening

Speaking Listening

Speaking Listening

Speaking Listening

 

*Students must be available on Friday afternoons for experiential learning activities, midterm conferences, first Friday, and Program exit tests. 

Last Updated: 8/18/20