This course offers a foundation in the vocabulary, ideas, forms, and structures of English regularly encountered in American school life. Students review English grammar, punctuation and pronunciation while practicing critical reading skills and academic writing. Building paragraphs from a variety of sentence types, students develop persuasive arguments and clear descriptions related to academic subjects such as literature, history, and science. Reading assignments include samples from courses across the curriculum, as well as informational texts (news reports, school announcements and bulletins, schedules, etc.) typical for American high school students. The course is designed to complement a speaking and listening class that develops students’ abilities to take notes, communicate ideas orally, and comprehend lectures and discussions at the same level. In the Summer SAT Math course, our goal is to review algebra and geometry with the students so they see the material in English, review math vocabulary in English, and to teach the students SAT strategies, which help to place the students in the correct course for the following school year.
EFL: English as a Foreign Language
This course is designed to improve the English language literacy of the newly enrolled international student. It will offer each student the opportunity to develop his/her vocabulary and improve writing compositions while helping to develop fluency. The overall goal is to facilitate communication (both oral and written) in a wide range of subjects.
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
Preparation for the TOEFL is an integral part of the total EFL program. The purpose of this course is to assist students for whom English is not their native language. It serves primarily as a means to familiarize the students with the strategies and skills required to successfully pass this test. For most, the course represents their first encounter with the TOEFL, and therefore, an emphasis is placed on understanding the directions, the kinds of questions asked, and the best plan on how to deal with each section – reading, writing, speaking and listening. The importance of passing this test is evident in that it is an essential requirement for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. This course introduces the students to the TOEFL and helps them navigate their way to success.