(Oakland | United States )

The English Center

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66 Franklin St., # 220 , Oakland (view map)

About The English Center

The English Center has provided high-level effective English language training and university preparation since its founding in 1977. It offers… * 8-week sessions year-round in 16- to 32-week academic year programs * 6 levels of language proficiency covering speaking, listening, reading, and writing * unpaid workplace experiences with classroom support and monitoring * Strong computer applications and career preparation courses The English Center has sent its graduates to many U.S. colleges and universities, including… * University of California, Berkeley * University of California, Riverside * Mills College * University of Arkansas * University of Nevada * San Francisco State University * Thunderbird School of Global Management and others… Without question, the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most important and exciting centers for culture, sports, and education in the United States. The English Center in Jack London Square is at the center of many of these attractions. Jack London Square itself is a very popular tourist destination, with a beautiful waterfront walkway, restaurants, shops, and historical sites. The whole exciting region becomes an expanded classroom.

Additional Services

  • Student counselling


  • Host family accommodation
  • Own apartment
  • Shared Apartment


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

English Academic preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

The Academic and Professional Program

The English Center’s Academic and Professional Program (APP) is for students who want to succeed in a U.S. college or university, or who want to improve their English skills to advance their careers. In addition to the core English language curriculum, students in APP may take our special-interest classes.
Our flexible curriculum allows students with all levels of English proficiency to progress at their own pace. In addition to completing the core curriculum, APP students add special interest electives to their course load.

Full-Time Students
English Center classes are small to facilitate individual learning—average size 14 students. A full-time student receives at least 22.5 hours of classroom instruction per week, not including self-paced computer laboratory student time.

Students who successfully complete a program of 8 weeks or longer at the English Center can earn units of academic credit. The full-time student can earn 9 credits each 8-week session. This credit can be used for show employers for tuition reimbursement, or for transfer to colleges and universities that give credit for coursework similar to the English Center’s.

Core English Language Curriculum (13.5 hours/week)
At the beginning and intermediate levels, students attend core classes to build a solid base in American language and culture skills. Core classes cover all basic aspects of language learning:
Grammar/Reading skills and vocabulary development
Academic and business writing
Listening comprehension
Formal and informal speaking skills

At the advanced level, core classes focus on language skills for academic and professional purposes.

Elective Classes (9 hours/week)
These courses reflect the particular interests of current students and faculty and add a new dimension to English studies. Popular special interest electives have included:

iBT TOEFL Preparation
Idioms and Pronunciation
English for Health Care Professionals
Applying to College or University
American Culture and Film
Advanced Business Writing
Contemporary Issues
Academic Skills



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