Beginning – Advanced Levels

Beginning/Intermediate Levels 

At the beginning and intermediate levels, WESLI offers classes in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Communication
  • Pronunciation

These classes focus on developing the skills necessary to succeed in the advanced levels of the curriculum. Students spend time reading extensively and developing their critical reading skills; writing paragraphs and compositions on a variety of topics; learning basic grammar structures and usages; and learning how to communicate in different contexts and for different purposes. Students also learn strategies to improve their vocabulary acquisition.

Advanced Academic Levels 

Academic Listening & Speaking (500-600) provides students with guidance in understanding spoken English in a variety of situations, including lectures, radio and TV programs, and tours. Students will also improve their note-taking skills.

Academic Listening & Speaking (700) sharpens students’ listening and speaking skills by using non-ESL materials covering a variety of topics.  In addition, students gain strategies for oral and written summaries, discussion, and note-taking. Daily activities may include listening to lectures and guest speakers, discussing short readings and giving presentations.

Academic Writing (500) students will brainstorm and write organized essays using narrative and process styles. They will focus on using appropriate transitions, providing clear and relevant support to main ideas, and improving their writing using peer and self-editing.

Academic & Professional Business (600-700) introduces students to key business concepts and vocabulary by reading about and discussing real companies and world economies. Students may also do short presentations, projects, or visit area businesses. Topics include finance, international trade, marketing, management, and ethics. Previous business training or experience is not required.

Academic Reading & Writing (600-700) focuses on reading critically, summarizing, outlining, and responding to essays. Students discuss cultural topics, do vocabulary-building exercises, and learn how to analyze and make effective arguments. Students write various types of short essays, which requires use of the library and computers, and take essay exams.

Advanced Grammar for Speaking (600-700) allows students the opportunity to improve their understanding and accuracy of grammatical structures that occur in both formal and casual speech. Students will do a variety of activities in class, including speaking, listening, writing, and role play in order to improve their use of tag questions, phrasal verbs, conditionals, gerunds and infinitives, indirect speech and modals.

Advanced Grammar for Writing (600-700) reviews and extends the grammar concepts necessary to academic writing. Students will improve their skills in the following areas: paraphrasing, summarizing, and writing thesis statements, in addition to selecting, integrating, and documenting source material.

Communication/Culture (500-700) uses the theme of culture as the topic for listening and speaking activities. The goal of the class is to help students improve their communication skills and learn about some aspects of American culture and the cultures of the students in the class.  Activities include class discussions, presentations, and surveys.

Essential Vocabulary (600-700) focuses on acquiring and mastering approximately 750 words taken from the Academic Word list. The mastery of the target words will be gained through using them in reading, conversation and writing tasks.  Vocabulary will also be reinforced through speaking skills such as giving presentations, interviewing, and explaining charts. Essential Vocabulary  is intended for students in level 600 and above.

International Business Essentials (500-700) provides students with opportunities to read about and discuss cultural issues related to business around the world. Students improve their communication skills while learning about the business cultures of the other students in the class.  Topics covered include hospitality, time, negotiating and stereotypes. Previous business training or experience is not required.

Pronunciation (400-700) helps students improve their pronunciation of individual sounds in English, as well as patterns of stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students will do a variety of activities in class to practice pronunciation, in addition to performing listening tasks and recording their speech as homework. This class is open to students from levels 400 to 700.

Public Speaking (600-700) provides instruction and practice in how to speak in professional and business contexts such as meetings and conferences. Students learn to prepare, give and evaluate informational, impromptu, and persuasive speeches. Students participate in discussion, refute others’ opinions, express a point of view and ask questions.

Reading and Discussion (500-700) is a non-academic alternative for students wanting to improve their English proficiency through extensive reading. Reading of articles, short stories and novels promotes greater comprehension and increases active and passive vocabulary. The reading material teaches students about American culture and helps them make connections between the topics and their own lives.

Slang, Listening & Everyday English (600-700) enables students to better understand American conversation and the media, with an emphasis on informal language. From tapes and videos, students learn several aspects of casual speech including grammar, idioms, and slang.

TOEFL Preparation (600-700) assists students in maximizing their TOEFL score through taking practice tests and learning strategies for the new integrated iBT test. 

*For more information about our course levels, see our Level Summaries and our Test Conversion Table to see how WESLI levels align with standard test scores.