The General ESL course aims to build students’ foundation in English and focuses on the improvement of the four macro skills, namely, Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing, as well as in Grammar and Pronunciation.
Through the commingling of the Spiraling Framework and Communicative Approach, the course trains students to communicate with “everyday English” at the same time, promotes continuous exposure and repetition of ideas, vocabulary, and expressions for more optimal results. These features make the course ideal for students of different abilities, from beginner to advanced, who seek to gain accuracy and fluency and enhance skills.
The Bridge Program is designed for a four-week study of students who achieved a Final Grade of 76 and below after eight (8) weeks. Students who failed to reach 80% in the Revalidation Tests also go through the Bridge Program, since their Placement results serve as their Final Grade for their proficiency level. The Bridge Program in the Listening and Reading classes are composed of additional units, while Speaking, Writing, Grammar and Pronunciation Bridge Programs serve as a refresher course.
Level tests are given to students on the first Monday of the term. Students are evaluated separately in their Listening, Reading/Speaking, and Writing skills. The results of these tests determine the starting level of the students.