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Intensive English Program

Curriculum: 21 hours per week

5 days a week in the morning or afternoon:

  • Listening/Speaking classes focus on listening comprehension and spoken communication skills including pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

  • Reading/Writing classes focus on reading comprehension and written communication skills including grammatical structure, idea development and sentence, paragraph and essay formats.

2 days a week at midday:

  • Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Grammar classes
  • Special Topic classes focus on specific skills (such as Vocabulary Development or Oral Presentations) or test preparation (TOEFL or IELTS) 2 days a week.

Optional tutoring sessions available free of charge

Program Highlights

  • Orientation program before classes start
  • Certificates for successful completion of each full or half term
  • Small classes: average size 10 – 12; largest have 15 students
  • Experienced teachers with advanced degrees for all classes

Special Features

Leadership Training Opportunities

  • Student Union class representatives
  • Allison Rose Fellowships – scholarships for continuing students
    • Earn a $1,200 tuition discount
    • Improve your English by helping ELC teachers and staff
    • Lead other students at orientation and on activities

Visa Counseling

Academic advising for university study in the U.S.

American Cultural Connections ®

Conversation Network

  • Exchange language and conversation with American students
  • Make friends and learn more about the U.S.A.

Coffee hours with American students

Cultural events and festivals

Volunteer Opportunities

Visits to Philadelphia-area historic and cultural sites, shopping centers, professional sports venues and more!