The Intensive Preparatory Program is a 6- week program with 23 hours per week of study. It emphasizes preparation for academic work at the college/university level, as well as developing communication skills and cultural awareness. This program is offered once a year in April. All levels of English learners are welcome.
Individuals interested in:
Learning a lot of English in a short time
Joining an English program without waiting until the start of a new semester
Reviewing English skills before entering a university classroom with native English speakers
Engaging with American culture
Experienced and enthusiastic teachers
Multiple social activities (kayaking, ice cream social, fun picnic lunch, soccer, aquarium)
Students take classes in Reading/Writing/Vocabulary, Listening/Speaking, Grammar, and Culture. In Reading/Writing/Vocabulary class, students will learn paragraph and essay writing, reading skills and comprehension, and vocabulary skills. In Listening/Speaking class, students will learn listening and note taking skills, presentation skills, and communication strategies. In Grammar class, students will develop skills in grammar forms and how to utilize them in writing and speaking. In Culture class, students will learn about American culture and make comparisons with their own and other cultures.
This program is offered once a year in April: 23 hours/week for 6 weeks
All classes and classrooms are on the CSULB university campus
Our optional Conversation Lab gives students the opportunity to meet, interact, and makes friends with fluent speakers of English. Conversation partners are local CSULB university students dedicated to helping our students improve their conversation skills.
Our optional Homework Lab gives students the opportunity to meet with a tutor one-on-one. Students can ask questions about and receive guidance on any of their classes or assignments.
Students develop academic writing and reading skills.Depending on the level, the students will learnand improveparagraph andessay writing,including making effective arguments and incorporating sourcematerial;reading comprehensionofgeneral and academic texts;andacademicvocabulary.
ALI - Grammar
Students willimprovegrammaticalaccuracyin writing and speaking. Depending on the level, students willfocusonverb tenseand aspect,complexsentence structure,and other grammatical forms.
ALI - Listening | Speaking
Students will develop academic listeningcomprehensionand speaking skills andimprove everydaycommunicationskills. Depending on the level, students willimprovelecture comprehension,note-taking skills, presentation skills, andeffectivecommunication strategies.
ALI - Enrichment (courses vary by session)
Students will focus on a specific topic or area of language, such as Business English, English for Math, TOEFL or IELTS Prep, Pronunciation, or Vocabulary.