The mission of AUCI Intensive Language Institute (ILI) is to provide limited English proficient students with the level of English language education they need to become proficient and be successful at school and at the workplace where English is spoken. We equip students with innovative, high-quality language skills and cultural understanding necessary to meet their educational and professional goals in an American style higher education environment based on the values of integrity, quality and efficiency.
Intensive Language Institute Programs:
The Institute programs are as follows: English as a Second Language for Proficiency Development at the University Level (ESLU); English as a Second Language for Personal and Professional Development (ESLP); TOEFL preparation (ESLT); GED preparation (ESLG).
IMPORTANT-English Language Proficiency Requirement for Bachelor Degree Candidates: Students whose major or first language is not English are required to satisfy the English language proficiency criteria before they obtain their Bachelor degree. To satisfy the English language proficiency requirement, ALL students in Bachelor degree programs (Except English majors and students whose first language is English) MUST take a MINIMUM of nine (9) ESLU courses before the end of their studies at AUCI.
Exemption: Bachelor degree candidates who are able to demonstrate proficiency in English may be exempted from the language proficiency requirement. Speakers of English as a first language will also be exempted from the language proficiency requirement if they can demonstrate knowledge of English grammar.
Requirement for ESLP Certificate Program: Eight (8) -courses in nine (9) months.
The Global Scale of English (GSE) & the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program uses the Pearson Global Scale of English (GSE) Descriptors and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages as a guide to write the learning objectives for its courses, teach and assess student learning, and move students from one level of English learning to the next.
Pearson Global Scale of English (GSE) & CEFR Language Levels explained:
|Global Scale of English
||10 – 29
|| 30 – 42
|| 43 – 58
|| 59 – 75
||85 – 90
*Source: Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Academic English, Pearson Education Ltd, 2015.
Summary of GSE / CEFR Language Levels:
A1 – Low Beginner Level
At this level, the learner can understand and communicate basic sentences about personal and family information, shopping, jobs; talk about personal background in simple terms.
A2 – Beginner Level
At this level, the learner can only understand very simple language, introduce him/herself & give personal details; interact in a simple way when the other person talks slowly and is prepared to help the conversation.
B1 – Intermediate
The learner can understand main points of communication on familiar topics such as work, school, free time etc.; cope with situations related to travel/holidays; write simple connected text on familiar topics; describe experiences, hopes, plans & ambitions; give reasons, explanations and opinions.
B2 – Upper Intermediate
The learner can understand main ideas in a complex text including technical jargon in their specialized field; interact with native speakers without problems; write clear detailed texts on current affairs and give opinions.
C1 – Advanced
The learner can understand a wide range of demanding, long communication and implied meanings; express ideas fluently and spontaneously without searching for expressions; use language for social, professional & academic purposes; write clear, detailed texts on complex subjects.
C2 – Proficient Level
The learner can easily understand every type of communication; summarize information from other sources, reconstructing complex arguments; spontaneously express him/herself using fluent and subtle shades of meaning.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO’s) / Goals of the Language Institute’s ESL Program
Upon completion of THREE-to SIX trimesters of ESL courses (that is 9-18 courses, or 1-2 years of ESL studies), students should be able to:
- Demonstrate listening skills: listen for specific information in spoken words, write down or repeat accurately what was said.
- Demonstrate speaking skills: pronounce words so that they can be understood, speak clearly using appropriate stress and intonation.
- Demonstrate reading skills: read and understand the main idea and details of short and long texts.
- Demonstrate writing skills: write basic paragraphs and short essays using appropriate vocabulary; link ideas and use accurate and appropriate language.
- Demonstrate knowledge of grammar: understand the difference different grammatical tenses and other structures; put words in the right order to make grammatical sense.
- Demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary: use appropriate words in different contexts, show an understanding of the different meaning of words and how they relate to other words.