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This course serves as a pre-introduction to the English language. Students participate in interactive activities often using the Total Physical Response (TPR) method to learn and practice rudimentary English vocabulary such as greetings, the alphabet, numbers, colors, food, family, money and transportation words. Through the communicative classes, students will be able to ask basic questions, use verbs in present tense and make affirmative and negative statements.
In this introduction to English course, students are provided the opportunity to review present tense subject-verb agreement. Students will practice using articles, prepositions of place and time, possessive adjectives and are introduced to the present perfect continuous tense. Students are able to develop their vocabulary through real world class topics such as directions, schedules, housing, bills, transportation, sports and activities, descriptions of places, jobs and clothes.
In this pre-elementary course, there is an emphasis on asking Wh- questions in present and past tense. Students will continue to read, speak and write using present progressive. Students will also be able to make, accept or decline offers and invitations. Students are able to develop their vocabulary through everyday topics such as plans and directions, food, descriptions of people, the library, health and shopping for the perfect gift.
In this course, students will be able to ask information questions. Students learn to make comparisons and use superlatives. Students are introduced to uses of the future tense. They continue to practice past tense with an emphasis on irregular past tense verbs. Students also learn how to ask for and give advice Students are able to develop their vocabulary through real world topics
through discussions about movies, books, music, healthy living, sports, laws, money and housing.
In this pre-intermediate course, students are introduced to Present Perfect Tense and the if clauses, they practice discussing hypothetical situations using conditionals. Students continue to develop their vocabulary through advanced real world topics which include comparing prices after discounts, planning healthy meals, living green, assessing work history, balancing a budget and recognizing and responding to scams. There is an increased focus on writing and proofreading.
In this Intermediate course, students continue to develop their skills and review all tenses that were learned in prior levels through research, essays writing and making presentations. Students discuss issues and report quoted speech. They learn to distinguish between active and passive voice. They use connectors in order to speak and write more fluently. They develop vocabulary through real world topics such as media habits, news, transportation, diet and exercise and medical care.
In this class adult learners build on their language proficiency by preparing them for practical life-skill roles in the community, family and at work. Multilevel activities and guided conversation methodology integrates vocabulary and grammar through fun, interactive student-centered activities. This course promotes teamwork, critical thinking and community.
Recommended for all levels - All year
In this elective course, students practice pronouncing different minimal pairs with similar vowel or consonant sounds. Students also learn about stress, intonation and the ‘melody’ of the language. Students are taught about silent letters, homophones and the Philadelphia regional accent. Students use the color vowel chart and learn how to they can use it to practice the vocabulary of their main course.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:00 to 9:30 pm.
Recommended for Intermediate to Advanced Levels - All year
In this elective course, students are introduced to American Culture. The class offers students the opportunity to read, interpret and discuss texts on varied cultural subject such as politics, religion, business and recreation. Students are encouraged to discuss and compare their own values with the ones discussed in the readings.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 to 8:00 pm
In this elective course, students are able to reinforce the skills that they are learning in their main course through interactive activities and discussions. This class often pairs students up with a student of possibly another level or requires the students to work together as a group. This multi-level student interaction promotes meaningful interaction in the target language.
Fridays 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Recommended for L 4 to L 10
Fridays 8:00 - 9:30 pm - Recommended for L 2 to L 5
Academic English Classes - TOEFL test preparation - General English - Business English
This information-rich course promotes curiosity and challenges learners to think critically and communicate effectively in English. The course engages students with interesting topics such as health, the environment, technology, travelling and world history. Some of the regular class activities include analyzing in-depth articles, videos, and conversation listening tracks. Students will be expected to participate in lively class discussions, debate ideas, give presentations and write essays.
In this course comprehensive grammar, vocabulary, functions, pronunciation and skills syllabuses address the needs of contemporary students, enriching communication and critical thinking.
Vocabulary is introduced thematically with further focus at lexical and morphological levels in Word focus and Word building sections.
Real Life lessons model and practice everyday functions and pronunciation is dealt with in depth.
Every lesson ends with a productive outcome, such as speaking or writing.
The Advanced II course takes students to a higher level of proficiency in order to become effective communicators. The carefully constructed grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and writing syllabuses helps students develop conversation strategies and students’ ability to effectively manage a wide range of spoken interactions in formal and informal contexts. The course focuses on the process and the skills that are essential for successful academic writing, especially in examinations.
The Mastery Course is intended for high level ESL students who have a solid foundation in the fundamentals of English grammar. This course provides students with a sophisticated analysis of the grammatical structures of English and ample opportunities to practice using them, with the objective of increasing the student's competence in both conversational and written English. The course is designed for both pre-university and nonacademic students.
Current English class times: Mornings 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Mon/Wed, Tue/Thu) Evenings 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Mon/Wed, Tue/Thu) Nights 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Mon/Wed, Tue/Thu) Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Private classes are flexible and arranged individually, private classes are not scheduled between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm weeknights.
All students must take an initial placement test to determine the level and proficiency. We ensure that our students are always placed at the correct level at our school.
Placing students into an appropriate English class is an essential priority for our staff, and we work hard to ensure that the learner is content in their class and is fulfilling their maximum potential.
The Philadelphia School of Languages placement test consists of a multiple choice grammar section as well as a listening and speaking section administered by school staff.
Level Classifications (2018/2019) and Elective
Level I - Low Beginner - (Interactive English Course)
Level II - Advanced Beginner (Interactive English Course)
Level III - Pre-Elementary (Interactive English Course)
Level IV - Elementary (Interactive English Course)
Level V -Pre-Intermediate (Interactive English Course)
Level VI - Intermediate (Interactive English Course)
Level VII - Upper Intermediate (Life 3 Course)
Level VIII - Advanced I (Life 4 Course)
Level IX - Advanced II (Grammar and Academic Writing Course)
Level X - Mastery (Business English and Academic Writing Course)
Level Classifications (2019) and Elective
Level I - Low Beginner - (Confidence and Connections)
Level II - Advanced Beginner (Confidence and Connections)
Level III - Pre -Elementary (Confidence and Connections)
Level IV - Elementary (Confidence and Connections)
Level V - Pre -Intermediate (Confidence and Connections)
Level VI - Intermediate (World English)
Level VII - Upper Intermediate (Life 3 Course)
Level VIII - Advanced I (Life 4 Course)
Level IX - Advanced II (Life 5 American English)
Level X - Mastery (Life 6 American English)
Level Classifications (2020) Mandatory ESL
Level 1 - Beginner (TP Fund. a)
Level 2 - Advanced Beginner (TP Fund. b)
Level 3 - Pre-elementary (TP 1a)
Level 4 - Elementary (TP 1b)
Level 5 -Pre-Intermediate (TP 2a)
Level 6 - Intermediate (TP 2b)
Level 7- Upper-Intermediate (TP 3a)
Level 8 - Advanced I (TP 3b)
Level 9 - Advanced II (Sum. 1a)
Level 10 - Mastery I (Sum. 1b)
Level 11 - Mastery II (Sum. 2a)
Level 12 - Mastery II (Sum. 2b)
VIP English Proficiency Exam
The Philadelphia School of Languages is an approved testing site of the International English Language Proficiency Test is the preferred English proficiency assessment tool of The Philadelphia School of Languages, and the school uses the International English Language Proficiency Test Academic to assess the l language proficiency level and progress of our students.
The International English Language Proficiency Test Academic is also a valued tool that helps the student and our school determine the learner’s proficiency and progress. All students of any level are welcomed and encouraged to take the Academic International English Language Proficiency Test. However, our school has recently implemented that all Level 7 students or higher are required to take the International English Language Proficiency Test Academic Test to receive their certificate of completion at the end of the course.
The structure of the international English Language Proficiency Test Academic comprises of five areas: grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking. The test takes 90 minutes to complete.
The test gives students an in-depth analysis of students’ English language abilities based on the CEFR Framework.
Test scores range from 0.0 (Beginner) to 6.0 (Mastery). The grammar, listening and reading sections are multiple-choice and graded automatically by iTEP software. Native English speaking or ESL-trained professionals correct the writing and speaking parts using a standardized scoring rubric.
Students will receive an overall assessment score as well as be able to see their results in each category. It breaks down results and identifies the student’s ability level from beginner to mastery. Students will receive descriptions of their abilities, and it will display the examinee’s strengths and weaknesses. We measure student' progress and our school and identify areas where improvement is needed.
The International English Language Proficiency Test also has a chart to compare how an iTEP score translates to other language assessments such as the TOEFL iBT and IELTS.
We offer an international English language proficiency test used by many universities and colleges as a tool to assess incoming students and monitor existing students for continued progress.
Students may use their International English Language Proficiency Test (ITEP) scores to see how well they will fare when taking the TOEFL or IELTS Test. It is a handy tool for creating learning strategies to improve your English Skills.
The full test and interview takes less than two hours to complete.
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