English Course Descriptions

General English

The General English course focuses on accuracy and fluency with an integrated skills and strategy-based curriculum that aims at developing the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course also focuses on improving pronunciation and increasing vocabulary. Participants are placed in one of the following stages based on their placement test results: beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, and pre-advanced. To ensure consistency of instruction, one series is used for each stage. Each book is covered in three consecutive levels. Certificates are awarded at the successful completion of each stage.

Conversation

AMIDEAST conversation courses are divided into four levels.  The training focuses on a variety of everyday essential topics to ultimately improve participant fluency, accuracy and ability to communicate. The conversation courses give the participants the extra practice they need to become fluent. The main idea of the conversation course at AMIDEAST is to focus on the students' ability to express themselves in everyday situations. Therefore, students work on pronunciation, vocabulary and idioms (in the advanced level) to further develop their conversational skills. They also receive individualized feedback on grammar and pronunciation errors. Class activities include: group discussions, role plays, pronunciation, and games.  

Business English

The Business English program focuses on developing English skills for use in a professional environment. Trainers are flexible and open to student input regarding particular student business needs or interests. Each level within the module incorporates a specific vocabulary set to extend and strengthen the participant’s vocabulary.

Legal English

This course helps students develop an understanding of the law while consolidating language skills through a professional context.  The course covers a variety of legal topics such as company law, litigation, arbitration, and criminal law. The course also sheds light on the American legal system through the use of authentic case studies.

The TOEFL® Pre-iBT Preparation Course

The TOEFL pre-iBT preparation course is an introductory test preparation course that focuses on the academic English component of the TOEFL exam at the intermediate level of language proficiency. The course also focuses on test taking strategies to improve performance on the TOEFL.  The course introduces students to the TOEFL examination.  Instruction includes test-taking strategies, analysis of question types, vocabulary building strategies, grammar presentations, and listening strategies. The course emphasizes both language development and test-taking strategies. 

The TOEFL® iBT Preparation Course

The purpose of the TOEFL iBT preparation course is to improve the participants’ language ability and develop their skills in answering TOEFL iBT questions.  Instruction is targeted to teach the class how to answer varied listening questions, speed-read comprehension texts, guess the meaning of vocabulary items from context, analyze grammatical structures and answer TOEFL iBT questions in the allocated time. This course pays special attention to the speaking section through an evaluation of the participants according to the speaking rubric that is approved by ETS.

TOEFL® ITP

The Local TOEFL Intermediate test preparation course focuses on the academic English component of the TOEFL exam at the intermediate level of language proficiency and test taking strategies for optimal performance on the TOEFL.  This course will thoroughly familiarize students with the institutional TOEFL examination.  Instruction includes test-taking strategies, analysis of question types, vocabulary building strategies, grammar review, and listening strategies. The course equally emphasizes both language development and test taking strategies. 

The SAT® Reasoning Test Preparation Course

The SAT Reasoning Test preparation course tackles the strategies and tactics that students need to enhance their scores. The course helps participants build and improve writing, critical reading and math skills. Course features include: combination of instruction and exercises in each session, homework, practice tests, feedback on essay writing, test-taking technique development, and in-depth discussions and step-by-step analysis of arriving at the correct answer.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Preparation Course

The GRE preparation course is designed to help students do their best on the GRE and to improve their chances of gaining admission to graduate school. This course is designed to build confidence and sharpen test-taking skills. By examining each area of the GRE in depth, students will know what to expect and be able to expect and set goals for improving their performance level. By the end of the course, students will be given a full practice test that simulates the GRE. The GRE course is a 42-hour course divided into verbal and quantitative sections of 21 hours each.  The verbal section covers the following areas: analogies, antonyms, sentence completion, reading comprehension and analytical writing assessment. The quantitative section covers: math review (arithmetic, algebra, and geometry), quantitative comparisons, discrete quantitative problems and data interpretation.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Preparation Course

The GMAT course is designed to help students improve their verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills, and build their confidence to enable them to perform well on the GMAT and improve their chances of gaining admission to graduate schools of business. The six varieties of questions on the exam are explained and strategies are suggested to improve performance. Students will have access to computers with GMAT software, enabling them to become familiar with the computer-based exam.  A full-scale practice test is administered at the end of the course. Additionally, techniques for improving test-taking strategies and reducing test anxiety are discussed. The GMAT course is a 42-hour course divided into verbal and quantitative sections of 21 hours. The verbal component of the course covers the following areas: reading comprehension, critical reasoning, sentence correction and analytical writing assessment. The quantitative section of the course covers: math review (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and word problems), problem solving, and data sufficiency.