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Fall 2014 Schedule

Semester Calendar

July 20 - August 11 Testing and registration for IEP classes
July 20 - August 22 Testing and registration for all part-time and other ESL classes (After that time, limited class space available)
August 222 1:00 PM New F-1 student orientation
August 27 First day of Intensive English Program (IEP)
September 1 Labor Day holiday, no classes
October 13-14, November 26-30 Holidays, no classes
October 30 Last day to withdraw without grade penalty
December 12 Last day of semester for IEP classes

Refund Policy

To receive a full refund, you MUST cancel your class within 7 days after the start date of the first scheduled class session. No tuition refunds will be made after these dates. All refund requests must be made in writing or in person.

Intensive English

Part-Time ESL Classes

Advanced ESL Classes

Test Preparation Program

Special Interest ESL Class

Please Note: F-1 students must take ESLA 1970-1975 and ESLA 1980-1986.

J-1 Students: Six academic credits equal 80 hours or 8.0 CEU's in Continuing Education courses.

*Note: Center for Employee Development (CED), located 1.5 miles from the Annandale campus.

ESLA 1970-1975 Speaking and Listening    12.5 CEU's    $1,470

These intensive oral communication courses include work in listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. There are six levels of proficiency in these courses. Students at the Intro level start developing simple conversation skills for everyday life, and students at the highest level practice academic note-taking and public speaking skills as well as acquire advanced vocabulary. Daily homework is required.

Students should meet with an ESL staff member before registering. Textbooks can be purchased from the campus bookstore; bring books to your first day of class. Individuals with Student Visas are required to take this course, ESLA 1980-1985 and one of the required focus courses.

Annandale CED Building

  • Mon – Fri, Aug 27 – Dec 12, 10:25 am – 12:20 pm
    ESLA 1972–1975
  • Mon – Fri, Aug 27 – Dec 12, 2:50 – 4:45 pm
    ESLA 1970–1975

Annandale Campus

  • Mon – Thu, Aug 27 – Dec 11, 4:40 – 7 pm
    ESLA 1972–1975 *Friday, Aug. 29th is a required session.

ESLA 1980-1985 Reading and Writing    12.5 CEU's    $1,470

In addition to writing and reading, these intensive courses include work on grammar, critical thinking, and test-taking skills. There are six levels of proficiency in these courses. Students at the introductory level are introduced to writing sentences, and students at the highest level regularly practice writing academic essays. Daily homework is required.

Students should meet with an ESL staff member before registering. Textbooks can be purchased from the campus bookstore; bring books to your first day of class. Individuals with Student Visas are required to take this course, ESLA 1970-1975 and one of the required focus courses.

Annandale CED Building

  • Mon – Fri, Aug 27 – Dec 12, 8:15 – 10:10 am
    ESLA 1982–1985
  • Mon – Fri, Aug 27 – Dec 12, 12:40 – 2:35 pm
    ESLA 1980–1985

Annandale Campus

  • Mon – Fri, Aug 27 – Dec 12, 2:30 – 4:25 pm
    ESLA 1982–1985

ESLA 1995 Writing Workshop I    12.5 CEU's    $1,470

This intensive course is designed for students who need to master their sentence structure, as well as expand their vocabulary. The course focuses on grammar, writing and vocabulary development at a low-intermediate level. Students spend a lot of time working on their individual writing with the teacher. Students need a recommendation from their writing teacher or placement test referral to take this course.  (Recommended levels: High-Beginning 03 –Low-Intermediate 04)

Annandale CED Building

  • Mon – Fri, Aug 27 – Dec 12, 2:50 – 4:45 pm
    ESLA 1995-01N

ESLA 1986 Writing Workshop II   12.5 CEU's    $1,470

The intensive course focuses on improving essay writing, grammar, and vocabulary development at the high-intermediate level. Students spend a lot of time working on their individual writing with the teacher. Reading materials provide themes for essays and other writing assignments, as well as useful vocabulary. Grammar is taught through specific writing tasks.  Students need a recommendation from their writing teacher or placement test referral to take this course. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 –High-Intermediate 06)

Annandale Campus

  • Mon – Thu, Aug 27 – Dec 11, 2:30 – 4:50 pm
    ESLA 1986-01N *Friday, Aug. 29th is a required session.

ESLA 1916 Advanced Writing Seminar   12.5 CEU's    $1,470

This course provides intensive instruction in English language studies at a level appropriate for college-educated non-native speakers, such as prospective graduate students, diplomats, and professionals in various fields. Students write reports, essays, stories, studies and research papers and work on advanced grammar and vocabulary.  The class includes readings of various types and topics. (Recommended levels: 06)

Annandale Campus

  • Mon – Thu, Aug 27 – Dec 11, 2:30 – 4:50 pm
    ESLA 1916-01N *Friday, Aug. 29th is a required session

ESLA 1751-1764 Reading and Writing    6.0 CEU's    $430

There are several levels in this course. Students develop and improve reading, writing and grammar skills. Students in the Basic level are introduced to writing on a sentence level, and students in higher levels regularly practice writing paragraphs.

Annandale Campus

  • Tue & Thu, Sept 4 – Dec 16, 9:20 – 11:40 am
    ESLA 1751-1752/62
  • Tue & Thu, Sept 4 – Dec 16, 11:50 am – 2:10 pm
    ESLA 1753/63
  • Tue & Thu, Sept 4 – Dec 16, 7 – 9:20 pm
    ESLA 1752-1753/63

ESLA 1731-1734 Speaking and Listening    6.0 CEU's   $430

There are four levels in this course from intro to low-intermediate. It is expected that students need two semesters to complete each level. Students develop and improve their skills in understanding spoken English and improve their ability to speak clearly and effectively. This course includes work in listening, conversation, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Students at the Intro level start developing simple conversation skills for everyday life, and students at higher levels practice public speaking and presentation skills as well as acquire more sophisticated vocabulary.

Annandale Campus

  • Wed & Fri, Sept 5 – Dec 17, 9:20 – 11:40 am
    ESLA 1730-1732/42
  • Wed & Fri, Sept 5 – Dec 17, 11:50 am – 2:10 pm
    ESLA 1733-1734/44
  • Mon & Wed, Sept 3 – Dec 15, 7 – 9:20 pm
    ESLA 1730-1734/44

ESLA 1924 Reading and Discussing Fiction    4.0 CEU's   $395

This course has been designed for intermediate to high-intermediate students.  Students practice reading and discuss the plots, characters, and themes from English and American literature. This class will help develop advanced reading, conversation and discussion skills. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 – High-Intermediate 06)

Annandale Campus

  • Mon & Wed, Sept 3 – Dec 15, 4:40 – 6:05 pm
    ESLA 1924-01N

ESLA 1829 Introduction to Public Speaking for ESL Students     4.5 CEU's    $445

This oral communication class is designed for intermediate to high-intermediate students and will focus on development of such language areas as speaking, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as presentation skills and building confidence speaking in front of a group. The course will help students both to plan and structure presentations and to select appropriate visual aids. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 – High-Intermediate 06)

ESLA 1857 Contemporary Issues and Current Events    4.5 CEU's    $445

This course has been designed for high-intermediate to advanced students who want to improve their oral communication, writing and vocabulary skills by discussing and writing about current topics and world events. This class focuses on teaching students to analyze and express opinions using advanced language skills. Students will work with American news broadcasts and print media. No textbook is required. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 or higher)

ESLA 1943 Business Communications for ESL Students    4.5 CEU's    $445

This course is intended to develop communications skills of intermediate to high-intermediate ESL students who are practicing business professionals, or who intend to enter a business career.  This course will provide practical communication skills through a multi-skill approach using a highly interactive learning environment. Students will learn to write business memos, summaries, and reports. They will also participate in video and audio listening activities as well as problem-solving role playing. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 – High-Intermediate 06)

ESLA 1876 Advanced English for Professional Success    6.0 CEU's    $690

The course will focus on intercultural issues, including different values and styles of communication as well as build an awareness of the multicultural business environments. Students will practice their English language skills to obtain, clarify, analyze and present information; discuss their ideas, express their   opinions; participate in and conduct business meetings effectively, prepare and deliver speeches on business topics and controversial issues.  Students will work independently and/or cooperatively in a team environment, use high-intermediate business vocabulary to speak and write about a range of business topics in the forms of memos, emails, written and oral reports and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current trends in American business and the global business  environment. (Recommended levels: High-Intermediate 06 or higher)

*1876-01N is a hybrid class. Students will meet in person once a week and complete the other half of the course online. Please talk to us to see if a hybrid class is a good choice for you.

ESLA 1877 English Teaching Mini-Practicum    6.0 CEU's    $890

The practicum will provide an opportunity to observe an intensive English course, work with a mentor instructor, discuss assessment and teaching methodology, and assist with course planning and materials development.  It will include opportunities for practical mini-lesson delivery in an ESL classroom.  Participants will receive detailed feedback on the practicum and recommendations for using best practice methodology as well as discuss the program as a whole with senior faculty and administrators.  Participants will work one-on-one with an assigned mentor throughout the length of the course.  Course pre-requisite:  At the time of application participants need to have demonstrated completion or near completion of their TESOL degree. (Recommended levels: High-Intermediate 06 or higher)

NEW! ESLA 1777 History & Culture of the DC Area    2.0 CEU's    $195

This is a fun, hands-on, field trip oriented course focusing on the history and culture of the DC area. Students will practice spoken and written English through off-campus field trips to historical monuments, museums and government buildings. In-class sessions on campus will alternate with required field trips to points of interest in the DC area. Students will be able to reflect on their experiences and prepare for the next field trip during their sessions on campus. (Recommended levels: low intermediate – advanced)

Annandale Campus

  • Fri & Sat, Oct 17 – Nov 1 10 am – 1:40 pm
    ESLA 1777–01N

ESLA 1944 TOEFL Preparation      6.0 CEU's    $475

This overview course prepares students for the TOEFL examination.  The course reviews all aspects of the TOEFL test but focuses on vocabulary, reading and grammar skills, as well as test-taking strategies. Students will practice taking sample TOEFL tests. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 – High-Intermediate 06)

Annandale Campus

  • Wed & Fri, Sept 5 – Dec 17, 9:20 – 11:40 am
    ESLA 1944-01N
  • Sat, Sept 6 – Dec 13, 9:45 am – 2:20 pm
    ESLA 1944-02N

ESLA 1944 NEW! TOEFL Mini-Workshop      1.0 CEU's    $115

This year ACLI offers a new format for the popular TOEFL preparation course.  It will be offered as a mini-workshop for students who are too busy to take classes lasting the whole semester. Students will meet for three intensive sessions and will receive individual feedback on submitted work.  Students will need to have regular access to a   computer with the ability play audio recordings and install software that comes with the course textbook.

The TOEFL Mini-workshop is an overview of the test and its components, strategies for answering reading, writing, and listening questions, strategies for writing timed TOEFL essays and TOEFL integrated essays, and finally suggestions on resources for further study. The course would include some practice with real TOEFL passages and one essay score for each type of essay. This workshop is appropriate for students who are new to the TOEFL and for those students who feel ready to take the TOEFL but want to get the highest scores possible. (Recommended levels: Low-Intermediate 04 – High-Intermediate 06)

Annandale Campus

  • Sat, Sept 20 & Oct 4, 9:30 am – 3 pm
    ESLA 1944-11N
  • Sat, Oct 18 & Nov 1, 9:30 am – 3 pm
    ESLA 1944-12N

ESLA 1945 Writing for the TOEFL   6.0 CEU’s   $475

This class will prepare students to write an essay on a given topic within a set time period and to write a summary or a response to a text or listening passage. Strategies for doing well on timed writing tests will be covered, including developing an outline and a thesis, time management, and essay revision. The course will also cover several other aspects of writing, such as advanced grammar and vocabulary, proper use of transitions, and complex sentence structure. This class would be helpful for any intermediate to advanced students looking to improve their writing. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 or higher)

Annandale Campus

  • Fri, Aug 29 – Dec 12, 10 am – 2:20 pm
    ESLA 1945-01N
  • Tue & Thu, Sept 4 – Dec 16, 7 – 9:20 pm
    ESLA 1945-02N

ESLA 1902 Speaking & Listening for the TOEFL    4.0 CEU's   $395

This course prepares students for the speaking and listening sections of the TOEFL test.  Students will practice spoken responses to test questions and oral summaries of listening passages, as well as answer written questions about listening passages.  Students will also work on identifying main ideas and supporting points in a listening passage.  This course is intended for intermediate to high-intermediate students who would either like to prepare for the test or to simply improve their speaking and listening ability. Class size is limited to 16 students. (Recommended levels: Intermediate 05 – High-Intermediate 06)

Annandale Campus

  • Mon & Wed, Sept 3 – Dec 15, 7 – 8:25 pm
    ESLA 1902-01N

ESLA 1791 Words with Friends    3.0 CEU's    $265

This course is intended for Intro to Basic students to help them build a practical English vocabulary and develop vocabulary acquisition skills.  Students will work with a picture dictionary and focus on different themes that will help them in their daily life.  This class will help students understand American English spelling rules and provide opportunities to practice using new vocabulary in conversation and writing. Individualized instruction will address the spelling challenges of speakers of specific languages.  (Recommended levels: Intro 00 – Basic 01)

Annandale Campus

  • Tue, Sept 9 – Dec 16, 7 – 9:20 pm
    ESLA 1791-01N

ESLA 1793 News for You    3.0 CEU's    $265

This course is intended for high beginning students to help them develop reading and conversation skills. Students will read an ESL newspaper and discuss local, national and world news. The course will help students build better vocabulary, improve reading skills and express their opinions in English.

Annandale Campus

  • Sat, Sept 13 – Dec 13, 9:30 am – 12 pm
    ESLA 1793-01N

ESLA 1815 Focus on Writing    6.0 CEU's   $430

Students will develop and improve skills needed for everyday practical needs, job advancement and college entrance. The course focuses on writing, reading, and English grammar at the low intermediate level. (Recommended level:Low-Intermediate 04)

Annandale Campus

  • Tue & Thu, Sept 4 – Dec 16 11:50 am – 2:10 pm
    ESLA 1815-01N
  • Tue & Thu, Sept 4 – Dec 16 7 – 9:20 pm
    ESLA 1815-02N