The Conversation program deepens students’ conversational skills in English with an emphasis on vocabulary and expressions used in everyday life. This class focuses on critical-thinking skills, pronunciation/accent reduction, intonation and tone, slang and idioms, and presentation/argumentation skills.

Students in the Conversation program improve their ability to communicate freely in a variety of situations. Lessons focus on the development of listening as well as speaking skills; students practice listening for main ideas, details and implied meanings, and participate in discussions on a number of familiar and new topics.

The curriculum includes high-quality textbooks and support materials, as well as many interactive activities to reinforce classroom lessons. Students gain exposure to a wide variety of global and local issues and have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussions about videos and films, read and make advertisements, and role-play real-life scenarios.


In the Communication Skills class, students take in and put into practice techniques for giving effective presentations, checking for an audience’s understanding, connecting information to students’ own personal experiences, proposing solutions to problems, and analyzing information for relevance.

The Slang and Idioms course emphasizes practice in informal, everyday spoken English and builds on the students’ ability to recognize class common and useful idioms in multiple media sources. Students also expand their vocabularies by identifying words with multiple meaning and uses. They then have the opportunity to try out their new skills by using the idioms in speeches, debates, and group discussions.

In the Pronunciation class, students develop their speaking skills so they communicate clearly and with confidence. Students learn to recognize and correct their own mistakes and difficulties in the production of specific vowel and consonant sounds, as well as in the areas of intonation, stress and rhythm, and connected speech.

Columbia West College offers Standard ESL Courses , Semi-Intensive ESL Courses, Intensive ESL Courses, and TOEFL courses in Los Angeles.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
4 - 48 weeks
- 500 to 4600 USD
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