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Columbia West College

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3435 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1700 , Los Angeles (view map)

About Columbia West College

At Columbia West College, we believe that YOU have the talent to make an extraordinary impact and make your dreams come true. You have the potential to be GREAT. You also know that you need English to get there.

The fact that you’re on our website reading these words means that you already understand that English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will help you learn English faster and more easily than you could ever hope to on your own. But the truth is, you need more than just English to achieve your goals. You also need the support and resources to nurture and develop your talent.

So, if you’re ready to invest in your future and start on your journey to success, you’ve come to the right place! We are Columbia West College, an outstanding ESL school located in the heart of beautiful Los Angeles California. For over two decades, our highly qualified faculty and staff have helped our students not only improve their English skills, but also succeed in reaching their highest personal and professional potential.


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General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

At Columbia West College, our approach to learning is communicative, interactive, and most importantly, fun! You’ll learn grammar, reading, writing, and conversation skills through a variety of methods in and out of the classroom. Some of the great benefits of our unique program include:

Small class sizes: Get a more personalized learning experience. Fewer students mean our instructors have more time to spend with each student.
Personalize your learning: Teachers encourage you to connect to what you’re learning by sharing your personal experiences, giving speeches, conducting interviews, and participating in a variety of discussions with classmates.
Creative assignments and activities: Reinforce the skills you’re learning in class with fun and engaging assignments and activities, such as games, role-plays, and cultural field trips in the Los Angeles area.
Monitor your progress: Teachers regularly monitor your progress through quizzes, presentations, and creative individual and group projects.
Learning through a variety of technology and media: Technology and media are an important part of your daily life. Why shouldn’t they help you learn English, too? Instead of just textbooks and lectures, your teacher will use computers, projectors, music, news, and online games to keep your classes interesting, motivating, and fun as you learn English.
These benefits of our Standard ESL program help students like you succeed in becoming confident, fluent English speakers. Our program will be challenging enough to help you master English, yet personal enough to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable.

The Conversation program is different from the other courses at our Los Angeles ESL school, because the lessons focus on listening and speaking. Students will learn about main ideas, implied meanings, and details while practicing their new skills in discussions. Textbooks, interactive activities, and media supplement classroom lessons. Students in the Conversation program will take three classes that focus on different skills, including:

Communication: Learn techniques for delivering presentations, solving problems, analyzing information, and ensuring your audience understands your message.
Slang and Idioms: Master informal English by learning to recognize everyday expressions. Test your skills by participating in debates, discussions, and speeches.
Pronunciation: Perfect your English by practicing specific vowel and consonant sounds, as well as rhythm and intonation.
Additionally, the curriculum in each class gives students exposure to global and local issues while challenging them in role-play and real-life situations.

The Semi-Intensive ESL program gives students the flexibility to learn English in Los Angeles to fit their individual needs and goals. Students choose their classes from both the Standard ESL program and the Conversation program to match their unique learning objectives. Choose from six key areas including:

Communication Skills
Depending on your personal interests and learning objectives, you can choose to focus on the professional and academic aspects or the informal and colloquial applications of the English language. Our advisors are always available to help you determine which courses will best help you achieve your personal and professional aspirations.

Our skilled, native-English-speaking teachers use a variety of methods, media, and technologies to enhance your English learning experience. Modern approaches are combined with traditional textbooks and support materials to help students learn English as quickly as possible, including immersing students in American media and culture. Teachers will use materials such as:

News Articles
TED Talks
to enhance student learning and provide a realistic and well-rounded English learning experience. This multi-faceted approach ensures students learn formal grammar rules as well as everyday English conversational skills. Teachers supplement their lessons with individual and group projects, presentations and interactive activities to challenge students to apply their skills.

The Intensive program combines the best of the Standard ESL program and the Conversation program. This means that students get the benefits of both programs, as they practice formal grammar alongside informal, everyday English. Students will study all the skills needed to learn the English language, including:

Students also learn to improve their communication skills through exposure to and immersion in conversational English, including:

Accent reduction
Idioms and slang
Presentation skills
By developing a fuller understanding of the English language, the Intensive ESL program prepares students to communicate in day-to-day, academic and professional settings, so that they can achieve their dreams!

The introductory ESL program at Columbia West College is designed for students seeking flexible English classes in Los Angeles. Whether you want to focus on academic or conversational English, you can customize your program by choosing from our Standard ESL classes and Conversation courses. This personal approach to learning English, along with small classes with engaging teaching methods, can help you gain the confidence and skills you need to master English.

Columbia West College offers Introductory ESL courses in Los Angeles for students who want to personalize their learning experience. By offering courses in both Standard ESL and Conversation training, you can decide what kind of English focus you want and then choose your classes based on those goals.

Choose two classes from six different skill areas in Standard ESL and Conversation coursework.
Standard ESL program classes concentrate on grammar, reading and writing, and listening and speaking.
Conversation program classes concentrate on improving everyday speaking skills by teaching pronunciation and accent reduction, slang and idioms, and presentation skills.
Plus, no matter which courses you choose, our small class sizes mean that our instructors will give you the support and attention you need to develop your English skills.

Standard ESL 18 hours per week
Conversation 18 hours per week
Semi-Intensive ESL 24 hours per week
Intensive ESL 30 hours per week
Introductory ESL 11.5 hours per week

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Every class in our TOEFL program is structured around the top TOEFL iBT® textbooks and materials available, while regular computer-based practice tests simulate the test conditions students will face when they take the TOEFL iBT®. At Columbia West College, we also want our students to take responsibility for their own progress by developing the ability to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses on the TOEFL iBT® test, so our teachers can provide additional focused practice (such as supplemental reading texts and audio exercises) on the areas of the test where students need the most help.

Together, these resources and techniques provide our students with the most effective, realistic preparation available. As a result, students can expect to improve the following specific skills measured by the TOEFL iBT®:

Written Responses: Ability to write clearly using appropriate vocabulary, grammar and essay structures.
Critical Reading: Ability to scan reading texts to identify main points and details as well as paraphrase a variety of reading texts.
Listening Skills: Ability to take notes on listening passages with efficiency and accuracy.
Oral Responses: Ability to give clear responses about specific topics within a given time limit while using appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structures, clear pronunciation, stress, rhythm and intonation.
In addition to improving these specific skills, students in Columbia West College’s TOEFL classes learn helpful strategies for test-taking success. For instance, our experienced and highly qualified teachers will help students to identify the different types of reading and listening questions asked on the TOEFL iBT® test and provide many examples of each question type. This approach helps students learn to recognize wrong answers quickly and take the right steps to arrive at correct answers.

TOEFL 18 hours per week

English Academic preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

University Preparation 24 hours per week

The Introductory Level of our University Preparation program prepares students to enter an American university by presenting the expectations of an American university course and developing students’ knowledge and understanding of the vital skills required to succeed at an American university.

After the successful completion of this multi-dimensional program, students will be able to do the following and more:

Identify strategies and skills for meaningful and effective reading, vocabulary building, note-taking, and critical thinking
Create well-developed, clearly organized academic essays and term papers
Use effective speaking skills in class discussions and presentations
Write a draft of a college admissions essay
Demonstrate an understanding of techniques used in standardized tests
Columbia West College’s Advanced Level University Preparation program expands and builds on the skills first presented in our Introductory Program. This high level of preparation is achieved by providing each student with sophisticated and challenging learning opportunities that reflect what they would find in an American university course. The confidence students develop in their skills will help them to excel at an American university .

After completing our Advanced Level Program, students can will be able to do the following and more:

Identify and apply reading, time-management, study and communication techniques
Apply various critical thinking approaches to university-level course material
Conduct independent research and report finding including academic citations
Listen to lectures and produce clearly organized notes
Recognize all sections of the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS and formulate effective strategies for achieving a higher score
Upon completion of the University Preparation program, students can feel confident going into an American university with the essential skills needed to succeed.

Business English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk


Our Business English program has three levels: Introductory, Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate/Advanced. As you progress through each level, you will learn the basics of critical thinking and business knowledge, and then fine tune and further develop these skills, giving you the confidence and motivation to achieve your goals within the business world.

Our Introductory Business English course will give you the tools you’ll need to transition to a career in business, including a solid foundation of critical thinking, research, and analytical skills and the English language resources to communicate in many different business scenarios.

After the successful completion of introductory Business English, students will be able to:

Engage in various forms of business communication such as making contact and exchanging information by phone, entertaining and socializing with other business professionals, and presenting a company and its products.
Define and use a variety of relevant business vocabulary and expressions within current business publications as well as practice new vocabulary in writing and speech.
Edit and write a variety of common business correspondences and reports, including email, proposals and formal letters.
Gain confidence to participate in discussions, meetings, negotiations and presentations on business related topics.
The Intermediate level of our Business English program teaches students to effectively communicate on a higher level in a variety of business situations. The course focuses on further developing presentation skills and reinforcing communication skills through business-related grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking activities, as well as role-play and critical thinking exercises.

After the successful completion of Intermediate Business English, students will be able to do the following and more:

Use various strategies and skills to take part in meetings, make presentations, negotiate, make arrangements over the phone, manage and set up meetings, and network.
Identify main ideas and key details of topical business texts
Identify and use common grammatical structures to write a variety of common business correspondence.
Improve their ability to actively listen and take notes during interviews and other meetings with professionals.
Our Upper Intermediate/Advanced level Business English program is designed to help students communicate and negotiate successfully in English in more complex business situations and environments. These skills are developed and honed through relevant listening, reading, writing, and speaking activities, as well as role-plays and critical thinking exercises.

Upon successful completion of the Upper Intermediate/Advanced level course, students will be able to:

Strategizing and dealing with communication breakdowns, brainstorming, networking, negotiating, and reaching agreements, building and communicating presentations effectively, as well as the ability to listen actively and resolve conflicts.
Using advanced grammatical structures to write and edit a variety of business communications including reports, emails, summaries, and press releases.
Identifying and applying steps and tactics in successful international negotiation including preparation, relationship building, making proposals, questioning techniques, bargaining, and closing deals.
Once you have completed the Business English program, you will be equipped with the proper tools to succeed in the business world.

Business English 18 hours per week

English Pathway Programs

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

With CWC’s quality ESL programs, you can go to one of CWC’s fine partner schools without providing a TOEFL/IELTS score when you complete your ESL program.

California State University, Channel Islands
Carroll College
Colby-Sawyer College
Humboldt State University
Salisbury University
University of Nevada, Reno
West Texas A&M University
Angeles College
El Camino College
Glendale Community College
Los Angeles Southwest College
Santa Monica College
San Mateo County Community College District



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