Semi-Intensive English in the United States / Canada

Age Requirements

Varies by Center and Housing Option

Levels

12: Beginner (101) to Masters (112)

Average Class Size

15 students per class

Centers Offered

All except Tampa

Lessons Per Week

20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each, Monday to Friday

Sessions Per Level

1 session (4 weeks) for each level

Start Dates

Every Two Weeks

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About Our Semi-Intensive English Program

Our Semi-Intensive English language program offers students the opportunity to study English in the United States and Canada, while also having the freedom to explore and experience the culture. This is done through a structured schedule, where students attend English classes during the morning and have the afternoons to themselves, allowing them to meet new friends, visit landmarks or plan trips to exciting new places.

Program Details

The Semi-Intensive English morning classes focus on the building blocks of English proficiency: Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment, and a lesson in the Language Technology Center.

With the focus on these pillars of language, students come away with a real understanding of the applications of English in real life. Our goal is for students to not only have a foundational understanding of the English language, but to feel comfortable and confident using these English skills in both academic and social settings.

The freedom provided to students in Semi-Intensive English language classes allows them to get a real cultural experience during their stay in the United States and Canada. This freedom is designed to allow students to take the lessons they learn in the classroom and apply them to real-life situations.

As students continue to explore and insert themselves in cultural activities, they gain valuable lessons into the applications of the English language. This freedom to interact and engage with other people in organic social settings, combined with the structured lessons in the morning provides the perfect balance for learning English.

The balance of the Semi-Intensive English language courses is what makes them so unique. For international students looking to learn English and become comfortable with American and Canadian culture, this is the perfect program. To learn more or to sign up, contact your local ELS center or use the form below.

Semi-Intensive English Program Details

Building Blocks of English Proficiency

The Semi-Intensive English morning classes focus on the building blocks of English proficiency: Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment, and a lesson in the Language Technology Center.

With the focus on these pillars of language, students come away with a real understanding of the applications of English in real life. Our goal is for students to not only have a foundational understanding of the English language, but to feel comfortable and confident using these English skills in both academic and social settings.

Experience Culture

The freedom provided to students in Semi-Intensive English language classes allows them to get a real cultural experience during their stay in the United States. This freedom is designed to allow students to take the lessons they learn in the classroom and apply them to real-life situations.

As students continue to explore and insert themselves in cultural activities, they gain valuable lessons into the applications of the English language. This freedom to interact and engage with other people in organic social settings, combined with the structured lessons in the morning provides the perfect balance for learning English.

The balance of the Semi-Intensive English language courses is what makes them so unique. For international students looking to learn English and become comfortable with American culture, this is the perfect program. To learn more or to sign up, contact your local ELS Language Center Destination or use the form below.

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Levels

ELS offers 12 proficiency levels (Beginner to Masters), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level's requirements, you will move up to the next level. As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.

  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions

Option on Completion

  • Enroll in the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Program (available at select Centers)
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Participates fully in most conversations
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Conducts business competently in English

Sample Schedule

Semi-intensive English Sample Schedule

* Exact courses offered at each location may vary. Additional courses that may be offered include Communication Through Video, What Makes America Tick, English for Business, Public Speaking, Real-World Listening, American Ways, and more.

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