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F-1 Visa English Courses

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Thank you for your interest in our International Student Program! Below you will find some information and links to more detailed information about our program. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Terms start every six weeks.
  • A full program for graduation is 3 terms of 18 hours per week or a total of 224 hours
  • Curriculum includes 12 hours per week of general English classes and 6 hours per week of specialty classes.
  • One-on-one academic counseling provided
  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Monthly student activities

Admissions

In order to enroll in our 18-hour per week international student program, a student must be age 18 or older and have graduated high school diploma in his/her country.

Students must be literate in their own languages and have the financial capability to undertake our program.

Curriculum

All of our classes align with the National Reporting Standards. The chart below gives a summary of our current classes and how they correspond to these standards.

NRSGeneralPronunciationConversation/VocabularyGrammarBusinessWriting
Beginning LiteracyLevel 1A, 1BBL Vocabulary I, BL Vocabulary IIPhonics I, Phonics II
Low BeginningLevel 2A, 2BConversation IA, Conversation IBGrammar I, Grammar II
High BeginningLevel 3A, 3BConversation IIA, Conversation IIBGrammar III, Grammar IV
Low IntermediateLevel 4A, 4BPronunciation I, Pronunciation IIConversation III, Conversation IVGrammar V, Grammar VIBusiness English I, Business English II
High IntermediateLevel 5A, 5BPronunciation IIIConversation III, Conversation IVGrammar VII, Grammar VIII, Grammar IXBusiness English III, Business English IV
Advanced (B2)Level 6A, 6BPhrasal Verbs I, Phrasal Verbs IIGrammar X, Grammar XIBusiness English V, Business English VI
C1Level 7A, 7B Academic Vocabulary I, Academic Vocabulary II, Phrasal Verbs III, Phrasal Verbs IVGrammar XII, Grammar XIIIBusiness English VII, Business English VIII

Attendance Policy

All ESL students must be in class every day on time. Attendance in all classes is required. Students must have a minimum of 80% attendance overall at all times and to receive a certificate of completion.

Grading Policy

The English Island uses the US system of grades A(100 percent) through F (69 percent or below.) To remain in good standing, students must maintain a C+ (77 percent) or higher in their classes at all times.

Graduation

Students who complete 3 terms of our 18-hour program, have an overall average of C+ or higher, and have an overall attendance percentage of 80 percent are eligible to graduate.

Student Achievement Scale (Can-Do Statements)

Below is a list of our levels and the basic things students at each level can do when they complete the level.

Beginning Literacy

  • Speaking: Learners can determine a purpose for communication and respond using limited spoken English to routine questions in familiar situations.
  • Listening: Learners can determine a purpose for listening and can understand some frequently used key words in familiar contexts when spoken slowly and with repetition.
  • Reading: Learners can determine a purpose for reading and can read numbers, letters, and some common sight words. Learners can comprehend phrases and some simple sentences with familiar vocabulary with pre-reading assistance.
  • Writing: Learners can determine a purpose for writing and can print numbers, letters, and basic sight words related to personal information and other familiar contexts.

Low Beginning

  • Speaking: Learners have the ability to organize and produce spoken language in routine and familiar situations with some control of grammar and intonation.
  • Listening: Learners can monitor comprehension, clarify purpose for communication and can understand simple phrases and sentences in context when spoken slowly with some repetition.
  • Reading: Learners can determine the purpose for reading by using pre-reading strategies, read common sight words, and understand sentence level reading. Learners can comprehend simple sentence level discourse with familiar vocabulary and frequent re-reading.
  • Writing: Learners can determine a purpose for writing, can write a simple sentences using familiar words and phrases to describe familiar objects, events, and experiences; using simple punctuation, and can demonstrate some control of basic grammar and spelling.

High Beginning

  • Speaking: Learners can organize information and ask simple questions related to survival needs and simple social interchanges with some control of basic grammar, intonation and pace.
  • Listening: Learners can listen actively, monitor comprehension of simple conversations with support of repetitions and slow rate of speech and use appropriate listening strategies.
  • Reading: Learners can use reading strategies that include previewing, viewing, and predicting and can read material in familiar contexts when vocabulary is controlled.
  • Writing: Learners can produce simple written texts, motes, or messages that are organized and present information to serve the purpose, context, using complete sentences with basic grammar structures (present and past tense) and use correct punctuation.

Low Intermediate

  • Speaking: Learners can express basic needs and can engage in social conversations in an organized way to address the reason for communicating and use some strategies to monitor the conversation. Conversations can include limited descriptions, concrete terms, and more complex grammar structures (passive voice, conditional).
  • Listening: Learners can monitor comprehension, use listening strategies when participating in a conversation or completing a simple task and can understand learned and new phrases in familiar context.
  • Reading: Learners can use reading strategies and context clues to comprehend and analyze clearly organized texts and can reflect on the meaning of the text and combine new knowledge with prior knowledge.
  • Writing: Learners can organize, convey, and revise ideas in simple paragraphs in familiar contexts with control of basic grammar structures, spelling and punctuation.

High Intermediate

  • Speaking: Learners can organize thoughts, provide information, and monitor communication in a conversation on a variety of day to-day subjects with firm control of basic grammar, and are able to express thoughts creatively.
  • Listening: Learners can comprehend conversations on day-to-day subjects that are supported by repeating, restating, and adjusting rate of speech and can incorporate information from listening with prior knowledge.
  • Reading: Learners can read narrative prose and descriptive essays if the topic or context is familiar and analyze the meaning or purpose. Learners can use appropriate reading strategies, context clues and inference skills with familiar materials.
  • Writing: Learners can produce and edit well-developed descriptive and narrative paragraphs using basic punctuation and basic and complex grammar structures.

Advanced B2

  • Speaking: Learners can organize thoughts and converse clearly on a variety of subjects using basic grammar, appropriate word choice, register, and pace and are able to express thoughts clearly and creatively using appropriate monitoring strategies.
  • Listening: Learners can comprehend conversations on a variety of subjects using monitoring strategies and incorporating new knowledge with prior knowledge.
  • Reading: Learners can read, comprehend, and analyze narrative prose and descriptive essays applying appropriate reading strategies, comprehension strategies and prior knowledge.
  • Writing: Learners can produce well-developed descriptive and narrative essays that include the mastery of punctuation and grammar structures and can edit and revise to improve communication.

Advanced C1

  • Speaking: Learners can easily follow and contribute to complex interactions between third parties in group discussion even on abstract, complex unfamiliar topics. Learner demonstrates a good command of a broad lexical repertoire including use of idiomatic expressions as well as joking and allusive language.
  • Listening: Learners can follow extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied. Learners can also recognize a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating register shifts.
  • Reading: Learners can understand in detail lengthy, complex texts, whether or not they relate to his/her own area of specialty, provided he/she can reread difficult sections.
  • Writing: Learners can write clear, well-structured texts of complex subjects, underlining the relevant salient issues, expanding and supporting points of view at some length with subsidiary points, reasons and relevant examples, and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

What Our Students Say About Us

"I learned a lot about American culture and pronunciation. In Business English, I learned how to write a resume and a cover letter in American English."

Ibrahim Al Sultan
Atlanta Resident from Saudi Arabia

"It was one of the best educational experiences of my life, not just for the great teachers, but it was a complete system where you meet new friends from around the world, and you have the opportunity to have a new family."

Carlos Ramos
Sandy Springs Resident from Venezuela

"Studying here was really enjoyable. The ESL program encouraged us to speak and gave valuable advice on how to make our speech more organized."

Catalina Gomez
Marietta Resident from Colombia