The Intensive English Program at Spring International Language Center is designed to:
• prepare international students to enter U.S. colleges and universities
• assist professionals who desire to strengthen their English language skills
• assist anyone interested in upgrading their English language proficiency
Intensive English at Spring International offers students a strong foundation in English through small classes taught by professional instructors. Classes are designed to help you improve all aspects of English, especially grammar, writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Additional elective classes enhance your language improvement and focus on pronunciation and accent improvement, conversation, computer use, American cultural understanding, research, and test preparation focused on the TOEFL (iBT) and IELTS.
Spring's Intensive English program also comes with many extras: a warm welcome and a thorough orientation for new students; expert help with college or university selection and placement; help with housing and host families; social activities; class field trips; American conversation partners, and more.
◦ A comprehensive, CEA-accredited English program established in 1979
◦ Six levels of instruction from beginning to advanced
◦ 23 hours of study per week in nine-week terms
◦ Instructors with advanced degrees and an average of over 10 years of experience
◦ Skill-focused core curriculum to meet your needs plus additional classes to enhance your learning
◦ IELTS, TOEFL, GRE* and GMAT* preparation (*special program)
◦ Orientation to the school, college, and community
◦ A homestay program that will place you with a qualified American family
◦ Information on finding an apartment
◦ Assistance with IDs, bank accounts, and everyday needs
◦ University and college partnerships and onsite staff to assist with finding the best fit for your future higher education degree
◦ Social activities - bowling, ski/snowboard trips, sports events, parties, movies, museums, shopping, and more
Students in Level 1 must be able to write the English alphabet and numbers. Students in Level 1 focus on basic sight vocabulary and building reading fluency through sound/symbol correspondence. Writing includes work on basic sentence structure, paragraph form and punctuation.
Grammar emphasizes simple and compound sentences in present, present continuous, and past tenses and the formation of questions in these tenses. In listening/speaking, students practice language appropriate for classroom interaction and limited conversation with native speakers.
Students build on reading skills learned in Level 1 to increase vocabulary, speed and fluency. They also begin to draw conclusions about and summarize orally what they have read. In writing, students expand paragraphs and begin to combine paragraphs into longer compositions.
Grammar adds future and past progressive tenses, comparatives, gerunds and infinitives, and direct and indirect objects. Complex sentences with adverb clauses are introduced. A Level 2 student should be able to engage hesitatingly in social and academic conversation.
Students in Level 3 concentrate on critical reading skills and move away from simply decoding. Students write longer compositions that have English style and form with thesis statements and more development of their ideas.
Complex sentence structure, perfect tenses, and modals are emphasized in grammar. Students begin to work on aural comprehension and speaking in authentic situations where language is less controlled for speed and vocabulary.
Students in Level 4 have an average command of English. Sentence structure is under fair control with only occasional obscurity of meaning. In both reading and writing, students will use critical reasoning skills to give opinions and interpret new ideas.
Grammar at this level begins to focus on integrating all the structures learned into a coherent whole. With the addition of noun clauses and passives, students have been introduced to almost all of the structures in English. Using authentic materials, students gain fluency, grammatical accuracy, and sophistication in listening and speaking.
Students in Level 5 have an above average command of English as evidenced in ease of reading and writing. Compositions show an identifiable progression of ideas with adequate support. Punctuation, capitalization, and spelling should be good with only occasional errors.
Grammar shows a command of tenses and clause structure in addition to using modals, gerunds, infinitives, and conditionals. Students should understand lectures and conversation with little difficulty and speak fluently with only occasional idiomatic imprecision.
Students at the completion of Level 6 should have a good command of English. The skill areas are integrated so that students see the language as a whole. They should read and write with ease in an interesting style with good organization and support of ideas. The focus on grammar is on self-editing and usage in the student's own writing and speaking.
Students will learn research skills to aid in their transition to college and university classes. Vocabulary should be expressive with few errors in parts of speech. Advanced students should be able to interact comfortably and effectively with native speakers in most situations inside and outside the classroom.
(Schedules vary somewhat at each location.)
|9:00 - 9:50 AM||Grammar Class||Grammar Class||Grammar Class||Grammar Class||Grammar Class|
|10:00 - 11:50||Reading-Writing Class||Reading-Writing Class||Reading-Writing Class||Reading-Writing Class||Reading-Writing Class|
|11:50 - 1:00 PM||LUNCHTIME||LUNCHTIME||LUNCHTIME||LUNCHTIME||-|
|1:00 - 2:50||Listening-Speaking Class||MODULE Class *||Listening-Speaking Class||MODULE Class *||-|
* MODULE classes vary based on student needs. Examples include Phonics, Pronunciation, Conversation, Advanced Vocabulary, Idioms, IELTS Prep, TOEFL Prep, etc.
F-1 students in the U.S. are required to study full-time. PART-TIME students usually do mornings only or afternoons only.
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All three of Spring International's schools are fully accredited by CEA - the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.
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