Our Academic English Program is designed to prepare students for academic success at Diablo Valley College.

  • 6 levels from beginners to advanced learners
  • Each level is 8 weeks
  • 24 hours of in-class instruction
  • New students are given a placement exam and placed in the appropriate level
  • Classes begin on the following Monday
  • Advanced English Learners

Do you already have experience studying English? If your goal is to succeed at Diablo Valley College (DVC) or to get a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top university in the United States, the Advanced B level at the International Education Center can help you accomplish this.

Getting great grades requires more than an advanced level of English, you will need excellent academic and study skills to compete with American students and feel competent with the American style of university education. The Advanced B level English program at IEC will assure that you have these skills and the confidence to start your academic career. The intensive 8-week program will focus on:

  • Persuasive speaking
  • Strategies for writing research papers and note taking
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical analysis
  • Pronunciation and fluency
  • Perfecting your grammar
  • Increasing your vocabulary
  • Maximizing your listening comprehension

Additional benefits:

  • Enroll early in your courses at DVC
  • Sit in on classes at DVC
  • Meet with DVC advisors before the academic term begins
  • Make friends first at IEC. Over 90% of students at IEC go on to DVC.
  • Take advantage of a full calendar of fun cultural and social activities

Look at a typical weekly schedule-pdf Each level has a set of books which students purchase at the DVC Bookstore. Students are required to purchase those books on the list.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 16, 2018
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