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Community Language Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
Phone: (212) 678-3097
Students who would like to focus and build on a specific language skill have the option to register for specialized ESL courses.
For course schedule, please click here.
*Please note that all special courses have a minimum proficiency cut-off (this varies with the course). Proficiency level is determined during the ESL placement test. Students may register for whichever classes they wish to take, however it is not guaranteed that they are placed in a given special course. If students do not place in the course they wanted, we will offer an alternative and/or give them a refund, depending on the individual situation.
ESL Conversation (30 hours of instruction, $350)
- Intermediate ESL Conversation
- This course is designed for students who can act with some degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers. The course provides students with an opportunity to develop and strengthen speaking and listening skills needed in both formal and informal encounters. Through interactive tasks, role-plays, and presentations, students will build up fluency, accuracy, and appropriateness in a range of communication situations. Eligibility for this class depends on scores from the speaking test.
- Advanced ESL Conversation
- This course is designed for students who can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. The course provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their fluency, accuracy, and appropriateness in both formal and informal encounters for different social and professional purposes. Class activities include interactive tasks, role-plays, and presentations. Eligibility for this class depends on scores from the speaking test.
ESL Writing (30 hours of instruction, $350)
- Intermediate ESL Writing
- This course is designed for students who can write a text on subjects related to their interests. The course will focus on developing skills for writing in different genres for different audiences and purposes. By employing and analyzing various techniques throughout the writing process, students will practice writing focused, developed, and organized texts using the teacher and classmates as their readers. Eligibility for this class depends on scores from the written test.
- Advanced ESL Writing
- This course is designed for students who can write detailed texts on a wide range of topics and genres appropriate for different audiences and purposes. The course will focus on strengthening skills to express clear, well-structured, and grammatically correct texts for a wide variety of purposes. By employing and analyzing various techniques throughout the writing process, students will practice writing focused, fully developed, and well-organized texts using the teacher and classmates as their readers.
Grammar and Writing (30 hours of instruction, $350)
- Level 1: This course provides instruction and practice in upper-level, academic and non-academic writing skills and vocabulary as well as the grammatical structures commonly used at that level. The course focuses on aspects of grammar usage and avoidance of the most typical grammatical errors in sentence structure, punctuation, word choice, and style.
- Level 2: This course is intended for English language learners who need to develop an understanding of English grammar at the college level. Through targeted grammar instruction, students will learn to recognize and distinguish a variety of sentence patterns in various genres, and to produce those patterns in their own written texts. The types of academic writing that the course may focus on include descriptive, narrative, cause-effect, comparison, and argument paragraphs and essays. Each genre is taught alongside vocabulary that is frequently used in those texts. In addition to reviewing and building upon students’ foundational knowledge of writing and grammatical structures, the course engages with important higher-level topics such as passive voice; conditionals; modals; and the use of adjective, adverb, and noun clauses. Students will write collaborative texts in order to apply these concepts to their writing in and outside of class.