Academic Preparation Classes

Academic Writing

This class is designed for students who want to develop their academic writing skills. The focus will be on how to write 5-paragraph essays and research papers. Various kinds of essay models will be used, including descriptive, compare and contrast, and persuasive essays. A writing sample must be completed before the class begins.

College Preparation

This advanced level course is for students who are preparing to go to college. Reading and writing are the main focus of this course. Instruction includes classroom discussion, listening to lectures, note taking, essay writing (expository, opinion, narrative, comparison and contrast), summarizing, grammar review, and improving study habits. Students will be introduced to research skills, including library and internet searches. A minimum of 4 hours of homework a week is mandatory.

TOEFL Preparation

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is mandatory for non-native speakers who apply to English-language colleges and universities. The TOEFL Preparation Class teaches students to take the exam and at the same time develops advanced level reading, writing, listening, speaking and test-taking skills. This class is valuable for all advanced students who wish to practice these skills even if they do not plan on taking the TOEFL exam.

Transitions Writing

This class is designed to prepare participants for college level writing.  Students who want to continue improving their academic writing skills or those who are returning to school will benefit from this course.  Students will learn to write college level papers with a strong focus on grammar, structure, and organization.  In addition, a computer component will help students learn to research and format papers.  This class meets twice a week.  Class prerequisites: high school diploma or equivalent (from country of origin or the US) and ability to use MS Word 2007.