The ELA offers an intensive and rigorous language program for students who are serious about pursuing an academic degree at an American college or university. Classes are small, no more than 20 students per class; and teachers are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and personal goals.
ELA offers classes in reading and writing, listening and speaking, and TOEFL preparation.
The American system of study is based on the “holistic” method. This means both the classroom environment and the outside home environment contribute to a student’s success in acquiring a language. ELA students, like American students, spend the majority of their time practicing the language through class discussion, in-class projects, and homework. Tests are given to measure progress, and are only a small part of the “holistic” approach to learning.
The University of San Diego is a competitive university with a prestigious reputation in the United States. Students wishing to enter the university must have a TOEFL score of 80. Typically, a student at the ELA can expect to make 10-15 point gain, per semester (14 weeks), on their TOEFL test. Individual results will vary.
Yes. Students who have reached the Intermediate level of English proficiency can go to one of several excellent community colleges in San Diego. (View the link to the community college system at www.CommunityCollegesUSA.com. Community colleges use an internal test to place students in English classes. Students can take any number of courses approved by USD to satisfy both the General Education and English proficiency requirements.
California offers some of the best community colleges in the country. The community college system is especially important for students who are learning English because it offers a wide variety of courses which prepare students for rigorous university environment.