EXPAND ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH SEMI-INTENSIVE ESL
The Semi-Intensive ESL program is perfect for students who are particularly interested in improving their verbal English language skills. Students in the Semi-Intensive ESL program enhance their English learning experience by increasing their exposure to the English language in various forms. In addition to all the practical, foundational, and critical-thinking skills they gain in the Standard ESL Program, Semi-Intensive ESL students expand and develop their ability to communicate more efficiently, effectively, and fluently with native English speakers in a variety of settings by taking in and practicing their vocabulary, everyday expressions, clear, natural pronunciation, and presentation skills.
Another great advantage of the Semi-Intensive ESL program is that students can tailor their program to meet their personal learning goals, since students have the flexibility to choose their desired classesfrom the class offerings of both the Standard ESL program and the Conversation program. Students may choose from six (6) different skill areas (Grammar, Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking, Communications, Slang and Idioms, and Pronunciation). So depending on the student’s particular goals and interests, the Semi-Intensive student may choose classes that focus more on the academic and professional areas of language learning or on the more informal, everyday usages of English.
Teachers use a number of methods, technologies, and media to maximize the quality of the learning experience. In addition to using interesting and interactive textbooks and support materials, teachers usevarious English-language media such as films, commercials and advertisements, TED Talks, board/online games, and news articles in the classroom. Finally, to make sure students are learning and understanding the lessons, teachers give weekly quizzes, assign regular individual and group projects and presentations, and engage students in activities to practice their skills in a natural, comfortable and challenging way.
Columbia West College offers Standard ESL, Intensive ESL Courses, Conversation Courses,and TOEFL courses in Los Angeles.