The Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI) specializes in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and academic preparation for international students who plan to continue their higher education in the United States. Our ESL program consists of five levels of instruction, from beginner to advanced. The courses are designed to develop the language and study skills necessary for success in an American college or university. In addition to our full-time Intensive English Program, our institute, in cooperation with the Cal Poly Pomona College of the Extended University, also offers short-term professional training programs as well as the English and American Culture Camps. We strive to enhance our instruction with a variety of opportunities for students to practice what they are learning, both in Conversation Club and in more informal cultural settings such as trips to museums, concerts, festivals and sporting events. Our belief is that a student learns by "doing" and by being challenged daily with new material and new ideas. We consider it absolutely essential to go beyond these language skills by instructing our students on the culture of the classroom. This culture consists of how to study, how to take a test, how to use a computer, how to research and organize ideas and how to behave in the academic environment. The tactics that we teach are based on what we ourselves have experienced as students and on what professors at Cal Poly Pomona require of their students. This is why we provide our students with basic computer training, TOEFL preparation, and credit-bearing classes for upper-level students. We strongly believe that no international student is completely prepared for university study without these academic skills. It is only through a combination of solid language skills and of responsible academic skills that a student can achieve success. At CPELI our focus is on the student, so staff members are always available to advise students on housing, health insurance, immigration laws, registration requirements, and college placement. So, please come and join us. We have been preparing students for university study since 1991, and we would like you to be part of the Cal Poly English Language Institute. Our goal is to help you reach your goal.
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