Conversation & Vocabulary

Conversation Course Program is to provide students with instruction in
and practice speaking and understanding conversational English

 In our Conversation Courses, students have the opportunity to
share information about their personal interests and current events, social and current affairs.

Beginning English

  • Vocabulary – Students will learn how to develop their vocabulary skills by using the suffix –er and learning basic synonyms and antonyms that relate to work, school and the community.
  • Speaking – Students will participate in real-life communicative activities, discussions, and role-plays which focus on demonstrating the ability to follow oral directions, respond accurately to oral cues and open-ended questions, and explaining different cultural celebrations. Students will engage in discussions pertaining to future career paths, job hunting techniques and interview skills, particularly answering questions for a job interview.

Beginning English II

  • Vocabulary – Students will practice guessing word meanings from context, use guide words to look up words in a dictionary, and build vocabulary using word families, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms.
  • Speaking – Students will participate in real-life communicative activities, discussions, and role-plays which focus on demonstrating the ability to follow oral directions, respond accurately to oral cues and open-ended questions, and explaining different cultural celebrations. Students will engage in discussions pertaining to future career paths, job hunting techniques and interview skills, particularly answering questions for a job interview.

Pre-Intermediate English 

  • Vocabulary – Students will learn to guess word meanings from context, use common prefixes and suffixes, expand vocabulary using word families, and define terms using guide words, compound words, and superscripts in a dictionary.
  • Speaking – Students will participate in communicative activities, discussions, role-plays, and an in-class presentation on real-life situations and their respective cultural importance. Students will focus on demonstrating the ability to use selected high-frequency words and idioms to improve oral language by expressing ideas and feelings, using simple and compound sentences with proper grammar, fluency, and pronunciation.

Intermediate English

  • Vocabulary – Students will expand vocabulary using word families, antonyms and adjectives, understand and use reference words, and exhibit the ability to correctly use phrasal verbs with multiple meanings.
  • Speaking – Students will strengthen oral skills by participating in a variety of discussions and role-plays on popular topics. Students will prepare, develop, and perform speeches and presentations on authentic topics, constructing and defending arguments. The emphasis will be on appropriate fluency and pronunciation, proper grammar, authentic language use, comprehensibility, and improved confidence when speaking in front of a group. Students will also practice and improve speaking tasks specific to the TOEFL and IELTS exams.

Upper-Intermediate English

  • Vocabulary – Students will expand vocabulary from the Academic Word List using word families, antonyms and adjectives, understand and use reference words, and exhibit the ability to correctly use phrasal verbs with multiple meanings.
  • Speaking – The emphasis will be on appropriate fluency, authentic language use, comprehensibility, and improved confidence when speaking in front of a group. Students will participate in discussions, debates and role-plays on a variety of cultural and newsworthy topics that demonstrate unrehearsed language usage with the ability to self-correct. Students will prepare, develop, and perform speeches and presentations, referencing data and paraphrasing sources.

Advanced English

  • Vocabulary – Students will expand vocabulary from the Academic Word List using morphemes, understanding idiomatic expressions, and language in context. Students will be exposed to reference words and be expected to correctly use them in their writings.
  • Speaking – Students will improve their oral communication skills through expressing opinions and analyzing themes and issues with more advanced fluency and accuracy in unrehearsed speech. Students will prepare, develop, and perform presentations that synthesize research materials with personal arguments using fully comprehensible pronunciation and appropriate intonation.