Core Program

General English (Core 20; Specialized Intensive 25; Specialized Super-Intensive 30)

Students will be placed in one of the ten levels within the Common European Framework (CEFR) based on the results of an examination that measures the student’s ability to speak and listen to everyday English, to write short passages in English, and to understand English grammar.

The anticipated maximum length of time that a student spends in his or her program is twelve months; the anticipated length at any one level is three months. Of course, there are many factors involved in learning a new language, so there are exceptional cases when a student can remain in the program longer.

While several methods are utilized to evaluate a student’s progress, testing remains a significant marker of progress. Every month the student’s progress is formally assessed in grammar and vocabulary (Itembanker Test) and in speaking (RADIO). Weekly writing assignments and classroom reading exercises allow the instructor to also assess a student’s progress in these areas.

TOEFL Preparation (Specialized Intensive 25; Specialized Super-Intensive 30)

Students who demonstrate English proficiency at Levels 5-10 on the Eurocentres scale can prepare to take the internet-based TOEFL, a requirement for entrance into an American college or university. Students will learn and practice academic vocabulary, writing effective academic essays, communicating opinions and summarizing academic passages in clear, logical spoken English as well as developing their reading and listening skills in order to comprehend academic textbooks and lectures.

Once a month TOEFL students are given a complete practice examination which replicates the actual exam. This practice exam, along with quizzes and assignments, is an indicator of the student’s progress in the course. Generally a student should be able to prepare for the TOEFL exam and reach the target score within twelve months, but an extension will be granted if the student’s request is supported in writing by the instructor.

TOEIC Preparation (Specialized Intensive 25; Specialized Super-Intensive 30)

Open to students at Levels 4 and above on the Eurocentres scale, the TOEIC class prepares students to reach their target scores on the TOEIC exam, which can be taken monthly at Eurocentres San Diego. Designed to give students maximum exposure to language skills and drills that will help them become more confident and competent test-takers, this course focuses on the two general areas—listening and reading—that are evaluated on the exam. The class is divided into four equal parts: an introduction to business and professional vocabulary; reading comprehension focused on such genres as business letters, memos, newspaper articles, advertisements, and notices; listening comprehension focused on the four specific areas of the TOEIC exam; intense grammar review that focuses on the types of English structures most frequently found on the TOEIC exam.

Monthly practice exams, along with daily activity in the classroom, are indicators of a student’s progress in the course. In general, a student is expected to complete the TOEIC course and reach the target score within twelve months; however, students who show progress in the course but are unable to attain their target score may extend the program with the written consent of the instructor.

IELTS (Core 20; Specialized Intensive 25; Specialized Super-Intensive 30)

Students who demonstrate English proficiency at Levels 5-10 on the Eurocentres scale can prepare to take the IELTS, increasingly accepted in place of the TOEFL for entrance into an American college or university. Students will learn and practice academic vocabulary, writing effective academic essays, communicating opinions and summarizing academic passages in clear, logical spoken English as well as developing their reading and listening skills in order to comprehend academic textbooks and lectures.

Once a month IELTS students are given a complete practice examination, which replicates the actual exam. This practice exam, along with quizzes and assignments, is an indicator of the student’s progress in the course. Generally a student should be able to prepare for the IELTS exam and reach the target score within twelve months, but an extension will be granted if the student’s request is supported in writing by the instructor.

Cambridge FCE (Specialized Super-Intensive 30)
Open to students at Level 5 or above, this course focuses on key skills tested in the FCE exam. Students will be prepared for the exam through a combination of language skills training and exam practice. Key study areas include reading skills, writing skills, exam-oriented listening skills, successful strategies for the FCE speaking component, topic-based vocabulary, and focus on English in Use. The school will help candidates register for the exam at the local exam center.
Cambridge CAE (Specialized Super-Intensive 30)
Open to students at Level 7 or above, this intensive course focuses on the skills needed to be successful on the Cambridge Advanced Certificate exam. Students will be prepared for this exam through extensive language skills training and exam practice. Those areas covered include academic reading skills, academic writing skills, listening skills, successful strategies for the CAE speaking component, academic vocabulary, and English in Use. The school will help candidates register for the exam at the local exam center.

English for Business (Specialized 5: Elective)

Open to students at Levels 4 and above on the Eurocentres scale, this is a course focusing on the English language required to operate effectively in the workplace. The course consists of two modules per week each consisting of 5 lessons. A selection of areas of study is available. The areas studied will be based on the needs of the students. Possible topics include the following:

Presentation Skills
Participating in and chairing meetings
Report Writing
Formal and informal written communication (emails and letters)
Negotiating
Sales and Marketing
CV writing and interview techniques
Telephone skills