Speaking & Listening

Beginning English

  • 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

  • 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 

  • Listening – Students will understand the main ideas and details on a topic of personal or familiar interest, understand situational dialogs, distinguish between fact and opinion, recognize real and unreal situations, and get main ideas and details from interviews, conversations, and radio reports. Students will also listen to and comprehend face-to-face conversations, routine telephone conversations, and non-contextualized speech (such as announcements and reports over the media), and take notes in a variety of contexts.
  • 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

  • Listening – Students will understand the main ideas and details on a wide variety of topics, will distinguish between fact and opinion, and develop active listening strategies. Students will also learn to infer meaning from context, understand most questions, statements, and conversations at normal speaking speed, and take notes in a variety of contexts.
  • 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

  • Listening – Students will learn active listening and note-taking skills to understand main ideas and key details of lectures, documentaries, podcasts and student dialogues. Students will also understand and interpret academic maps, charts, timelines, and diagrams.
  • 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

  • Listening – Students will continue to develop active listening and note-taking skills to understand main ideas and key technical details of lectures, interviews, podcasts and student speech. Students will listen critically in order to understand and challenge an argument.
  • 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.