BridgePathways - Academic English Pathways
The BridgePathways Academic English program is a comprehensive, in-depth course designed to help you succeed in the U.S. university classroom. This program is offered at 9 locations, 8 of which are on university campuses. Top 3 reasons to choose Bridge:
- On-Campus: Our Academic English Program is available on-campus for degree-seeking students, so you can quickly immerse yourself in campus life. The program is offered at 3 different locations.
- Conditional Admission: Degree-seeking students can qualify for conditional admission to our 7 university partners across the United States. Conditional admission means that acceptance is based on the completion of an Academic English Program. Our university partners also offer TOEFL and IELTS waivers to students who successfully complete the Academic English program.
- Comprehensive Support: Our multi-lingual staff is experts at supporting international students and have been providing guidance for more than 25 years. From our first call to your graduation, Bridge will be with you every step of the way. Our Program Advisors will take the time to understand your needs and provide personalized advice.
As a student in our BridgePathways Academic English program, you'll acquire the necessary English language skills to succeed in an academic environment. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop your English proficiency in the four communicative skills— reading, writing, speaking and listening— while strengthening your study skills and strategies.
You'll learn quickly from the communicative and student-centered approach in all of our classes. You'll be expected to actively participate in activities, discussions, and projects. We encourage our students to constantly practice English while undertaking various academic tasks.
SOCIAL & CULTURAL IMMERSION
As a BridgePathways student, you'll participate in essential social and cultural immersion experiences to help you become comfortable with living and actively participating in U.S. campus and community environments.
You'll study a different theme each week. Themes are related to common areas of undergraduate study and will unify all of your classes. This thematic approach allows you to develop both linguistic skills and content knowledge.
To maximize your learning experience, we have an English-only policy both in and out of class. We ask that students from the same language background try their best to communicate only in English.
You'll work with a curriculum that includes a combination of materials from National Geographic™ and other sources written for native English speakers. By using such materials, you'll be able to develop an understanding of authentic oral and written communication.
CRITICAL THINKING AND ANALYSIS
In addition to helping you achieve your linguistic goals, we will also help you to develop critical thinking and analysis skills. These important skills are an integral part of our curriculum.
You'll prepare specifically for the work you'll be doing in college with the tasks we assign. You'll be participating in discussions and debates, giving formal and informal presentations, conducting research, writing source-based essays, and listening to lectures.
BridgePathways uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) when determining English proficiency levels. *Equivalencies for reference only
Our teaching methodology encourages students to become autonomous learners and to think independently.Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills you will need when pursuing your degree at a U.S. university.
Class sessions are delivered from 08:15 am to 02:15 pm, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, class is from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm.