University of San Diego - English Language Academy

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Build English Language Skills to Advance in School and Business

Improve your English communication skills and achieve academic, business and personal success in the university setting or global marketplace with an English Language Academy (ELA) program. ELA instructors understand learners have different proficiencies and educational needs as well as academic, technical, and professional goals. Let our quality faculty help you develop your English language skills. Our intensive preparation courses offer:

An intensive all-English environment to practice and refine language skills
Highly qualified, experienced professors
Small classes of 20 or fewer students
State-of-the-art computer technology
Field trips that provide opportunities to reinforce English and culture
Sunny, perfect climate – average temperature is 21° Celsius

The English Language Academy, University of San Diego offers year-round intensive English language programs for academic study in the U.S., communication courses that develop conversational skills, residential youth programs, teacher training, and cutomized adult and professional development.The modern facility, with state-of-the-art technology offers small classes, taught by highly qualified and experienced instructors. ELA offers a full range of housing options, immigration assistance, social and campus activities.


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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
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students
College Prep Programs

The English Language Academy (ELA) at the University of San Diego offers an intensive English Language education program. Students are tested for class placement on six levels and learn English language skills in small class sizes.

Intensive English Language

Intensive English Language Program (IELP) provides non-native English speakers with specific English language skills for students seeking a U.S. university education. This English Language Academy (ELA) maintains a rigorous academic course of study, with a focus on five core skills and TOEFL preparation. Many of our successful graduates have gone on to undergraduate and graduate programs across the country.

Pre-testing for accurate class placement
Post-testing to highlight improvements
State-of-the-art computer technology
Small classes of 15-20 for a strong connection with faculty
Highly qualified, experienced professors with graduate degrees and English Language teaching

Learner Outcomes
Develop and expand your English language skills
Build a basic vocabulary, strengthen your grammar skills
Form a basic understanding of different English dialects and idioms
Use both verbal and written exercises to build an ear and eye for listening and understanding
Prepare for and increase your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) score
Become familiar with American culture to better understand the background, values and beliefs of Americans
Course Details
Number of Units: 25

Who Should Attend: International students who are considering entering a U.S. college or university

Course Format: Classroom

Accommodations: Students stay in the university’s student residence halls. They are modern, clean and comfortable apartments, generally for eight students in twin-study bedrooms with two communal bathrooms and a living area. Each residence has its own reception area, round-the-clock security, vending machines and laundry facilities. Residential students have full-board which includes three meals per day.

Instructors: USD faculty and experienced practitioners provide a stimulating and participative learning environment.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Accent Modification Professional Program

The Accent Modification Program is a customized instructional program for people who speak English as a second language and who have average to advanced English skills. This program addresses the need for effective verbal skills in every profession. Managing people, sharing new ideas, speaking on the telephone, and growing a business all require clear and effective pronunciation. A strong accent may interfere with the ability to be understood. The ELA Program includes:

All accent reduction training conducted by a licensed speech/language pathologist; trainers have a Master’s Degree and are specially trained in accent modification
Training is short term and highly effective
Programs are customized based on the individual or the company’s needs and goal
Flexible scheduling is available
Individual and small group (up to 5) instruction is offered
Instruction can be held at your workplace or at our office

Learner Outcomes

Identify differences in your own speech patterns as compared to Standard American English
Decrease speech errors by 40-50 percent as measured by a pre- and post- assessment
Increase self-confidence and esteem that results in more active participation in meetings
Improve telephone skills
Interact with vendors, customers and co-workers more effectively
Who Should Attend

Attorneys, Scientists, Medical Personnel, Executives, Customer Service Representatives, Managers, or Employees who speak English as a Second Language and whose job requires clear and effective communication. An intermediate or above level of English is required.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Business English Program
Develop and Expand English Language Skills

This program is available as a customized version for a private schedule at your organization or at our site.

The Business English program is focused on building conversational English language skills to help business professionals comfortably converse in a business setting. Areas of concentration include vocabulary work, presentations, telephone skills, meetings and negotiations, business writing, socializing, and developing cultural competence in Business English situations. Oral skill development will include an emphasis on clear speech patterns for effective communication in spoken English.

Learner Outcomes

Expand business vocabulary
Improve overall writing, as well as business writing
Gain confidence when making business presentations and in communicating in an American business setting
Speak comfortably in English in formal business meetings

Who Should Attend
Business professionals who speak English as a Second Language.


Medical English Terminology and Communication Program

This program is available for a private schedule at your organization or at our site.

Keeping up with the new terminology in the medical field is important for career development and advancement. This program covers a wide variety of medical vocabulary related to: diseases, symptoms, investigations/lab testing, treatment, examination, and prevention. The program will also address language related to bodily parts and functions.

Learner Outcomes

Use western medical terminology
Communicate the parts and functions of the body
Increase communications of systems, diseases, and symptoms
Speak more clearly about Infections and Psychiatric disorders, and diseases associated with the nervous system

Who Should Attend
Health care professionals who speak English as a Second Language.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Summer International Conversational English + TOEFL/IELTS Prep

Learn English in Sunny San Diego, California

The Summer International Conversational English + TOEFL/IELTS Prep program is a three-week international program for non-native English speakers to help them build English communications skills. You can select from a variety of courses to match your needs and interests. For example, a course plan can be developed to focus your English learning on one or more of the following objectives: conversational skills for informal settings, English idioms and dialects, vocabulary, TOEFL/IELTS, and American culture.

Program Features:

State-of-the-art computer technology in classrooms on University of San Diego’s campus
Small class size of 20 to enable a strong connection between university faculty and students
Highly qualified, experienced professors with graduate degrees and English language teaching skills

Learner Outcomes

Develop English conversational skills for informal settings, including international travel and social situations with people from around the world
Form a basic understanding of different English idioms and dialects
Build vocabulary
Prepare for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)/IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Become familiar with American culture to better understand the background, values and beliefs of Americans
Speak comfortably while using basic English conversational skills
Who Should Attend

International ESL students aged 18 and older who want to expand their English conversational skills in beautiful San Diego. Also, those interested in TOEFL/IELTS exam preparation will benefit from this program.

Course Format

Offered in the Classroom format.

Instructors

USD faculty and experienced practitioners provide a stimulating and participative learning environment.

Curriculum

This is a three-week international program to build English communications skills. Small classes of 15-20 allow students to form strong connections with university faculty and other international students.

Youth Programs
Kids Have Fun in the Sun and Learn English in San Diego, California

The English Language Academy offers a residential summer program located on the beautiful University of San Diego campus. Beginning in mid-June through mid-August, non-native English speakers who are between the ages of 14 and 17 can practice their language skills in and out of the classroom.

In-class instruction; 8 students average- 10 maximum
Skill development in reading/writing and listening/speaking
Cultural Workshops, field trips, activities and social events to build new language skills
ELA provides two academically strong English language pathways with 17 hours of instruction per week. Lessons are integrated with San Diego and southern California explorations to local attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach and more. In this unique program, student classroom experiences and the community provide many opportunities to interact with local people to reinforce both English language and culture.

English Program
English + College Prep Workshop
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Foundations in TEFL

TRAVEL and TEACH ENGLISH in the US and ABROAD

In this course you take the first step toward TEFL Certification and will be introduced to the field of teaching English as a Foreign Language in the U.S. and abroad. You will learn the foundational concepts in the fields of language acquisition, linguistics, methods of teaching, and what it means to teach English as a global language in today’s context.
Learner Outcomes
Articulate the foundational components of learning a second or additional language
Explain the multiple areas of linguistics that contribute to teaching English in global contexts
Analyze the role of culture in teaching English in the U.S. and abroad
Recognize how the history of teaching English is relevant for teaching English in today’s global world
Course Details
Number of Units: 2 (25 instructional hours)
Who Should Attend: Recent college graduates, career changers, educators and aspiring educators who wish to develop their competencies in the fields of TEFL and TESOL.

TEFL Immersion

Become TEFL Certified to Travel and Teach Abroad

In this course you will synthesize theoretical knowledge in the field of linguistics and second language acquisition with the “practice” of creating materials and utilizing instructional methodologies in the ESL classroom.

Learner Outcomes
Demonstrate understanding of the historical development that has led to various approaches to English language teaching
Demonstrate understanding of the research and approaches to teaching the four skill areas: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Apply and use methods of teaching grammar, vocabulary, discourse and pronunciation in the ESL classroom
Demonstrate understanding of student learning styles and classroom interaction in creating optimal language-learning environment for ESL students
Design a curriculum, a syllabus and materials related to a teaching approach candidates synthesize from this course
Course Details
Number of Units: 8 (100 instructional hours)

Who Should Attend: Recent college graduates, career changers, educators and aspiring educators who wish to develop their competencies in the fields of TEFL and TESOL.

Course Format: Classroom in San Diego

Instructors: USD faculty and experienced practitioners provide a stimulating and participative learning environment.
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