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Intensive Academic Preparation

If your goal is to quickly prepare for university studies, the three-week Intensive Academic Preparation course is designed with you in mind. Develop critical thinking, note-taking, essay writing, presentation and study skills important for success in US academic institutions.

Features of Intensive Academic Preparation

  • Take TOEFL and IELTS preparation classes
  • Develop study skills essential for university studies
  • Receive individual counseling to apply for transfer to U.S. universities
  • Observe UC Berkeley classes to experience university lectures and practice note-taking skills during the academic year
  • Attend “Statement of Purpose” workshop for university admission applications during the academic year
  • Improve your listening comprehension of both informal English and more formal academic lectures
  • Excel in writing styles appropriate to academic or scholarly environments by practicing essay writing, peer editing and observation reports

Advantages of Studying at ESI

  • Experience the campus atmosphere of world famous University of California, Berkeley
  • Participate in Cal Partners Language Exchange Program with UC Berkeley students during the academic year
  • Take placement test to determine your proficiency level and take on-going tests for tracking improvement
  • Learn from experienced teachers proficient in the latest methodology
  • Borrow books and DVDs to help with listening, reading, grammar, and TOEFL preparation
  • Use self-study skill center for additional focused practice
  • Enjoy after-class educational and cultural activities to improve fluency in a fun and relaxed way
  • Receive a certificate of completion as recognition of language competence

LEVELS: High-Elementary to Advanced

CLASS SIZE: Average of 8 students

CLASS HOURS: 24 hours per week plus additional hours for self-study

Sample Week Schedule

Day
Time
Class
Additional Hours
Monday
9:00am-10:20am
Writing and Grammar
10:40am-12:00pm
Reading and Vocabulary
1:00pm-4:00pm
Listening and Speaking
 
Downtown Berkeley Art Tour
 
Tuesday
9:00am-10:20am
Writing and Grammar
10:40am-12:00pm
Reading and Vocabulary
1:00pm-4:00pm
Academic Strategies
 
Observe UC Berkeley class
 
Wednesday
9:00am-10:20am
Writing and Grammar
10:40am-12:00pm
Reading and Vocabulary
1:00pm-4:00pm
Listening and Speaking
 
Statement of Purpose Workshop
 
Thursday
9:00am-10:20am
Writing and Grammar
10:40am-12:00pm
Reading and Vocabulary
1:00pm-4:00pm
Academic Strategies
 
One-on-one Academic Counseling
 
Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Academic Preparation
TOEFL/IELTS Test Preparation
Statement of Purpose Workshop

* Available during academic year.

 

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