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Pre-Academic English Program

CORONAVIRUS/ COVID-19 UPDATE

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York State, the Pre-Academic Program at Pace University  will be online at least for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters.  Please message us at eli@pace.edu with any questions.


Pre-Academic English Program

Many international students want to complete a degree in the U.S., but are concerned about their English proficiency and cultural differences. Success in an American university requires a special set of skills. The Pre-Academic English programs help you prepare for the American university experience by learning the skills you will need for academic success.

Our experienced instructors use innovative, student-centered methods to teach. Learn the academic skills that you will use in your American university degree. The classes are small, so you will get focused feedback to help you improve quickly.

Every student receives assistance on their university application materials from the ELI Admissions team through a series of private meetings during the Pre-Academic program.


Course Format (Fall 2020)

The Pre-Academic Program will be fully online for the Fall 2020 semester.  Students who are in New York City may access the campus facilities such as the library (which is also accessible online) and may choose to attend their Social English class in person.

Program Summary

Pre-Undergraduate Students

One level of Pre-Academic English will help you prepare for success in an undergraduate degree program in the United States.

Completing one level makes you eligible for a TOEFL waiver to Pace University undergraduate degrees.

Pre-Graduate Students

Two levels of Pre-Academic English will help you prepare for success in a graduate degree program in the United States. Level Two is the most advanced level at the ELI and helps students enter degree programs with the highest English proficiency requirements.

Completing two levels makes you eligible for a TOEFL waiver to Pace University graduate degrees**.

** for exception, see below


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Course Descriptions

The Pre-Academic Program is a 12-week (Summer) or 14-week (Spring/Fall) per level program. This program is taken by students planning to study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  This program is delivered online in Fall 2020.  Social English may be taken fully online or a hybrid in-person/ online format.

Pre-Academic Writing Skills

Learn the critical thinking, research, and writing skills needed in an American university. Work on projects taken from American business and culture.

Hours/ week: 5 (2.5 with teacher and 2.5 self-paced)
Days: Classes with teacher are Monday and Wednesday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2.5 hours per week.
Time:9:00am-10:15am OR 12:00pm-1:15pm

Pre-Academic Communication Skills

Learn and practice skills for group discussions and class presentations. Work on real graduate projects, and use your new skill to organize, research, and deliver professional presentations.

Hours/ week: 5 (2.5 with teacher and 2.5 self-paced)
Days: Classes with teacher are Monday and Wednesday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2.5 hours per week.
Time: 10:30am - 11:45am OR 1:30pm-2:45pm

Pre-Academic Reading Skills

Improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills necessary for success in an American University. The focus of this course is on reading and high order critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, interpretation, evaluation, and application) with a minor emphasis on writing as a measure of assessment.

Hours/ week: 4 (2 with teacher and 2 self-paced)
Days: Classes with teacher are Tuesday and Thursday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2 hours per week.
Time: 9:00am-10:00am OR 12:00pm-1:00pm

Social English

Develop the informal language and stylistic features needed for social interaction with their classmates and for a deeper understanding of their professors. The course focuses on interactions and language that is found in university lectures, materials and classroom/campus situations. Special emphasis is on learning the key differences in formal versus informal language use, vocabulary (idiomatic expressions, phrasal verbs, slang) and how language is used to express sarcasm and humor in American culture.

This class may be taken fully online or may be taken as a hybrid class with some in person classes.  The in-person classes will be delivered in a way that allows for safe social distancing.  It will be a modified version of 'live' classes featuring a mix of in-person live classes (with a small number of students, to allow for social distancing), remote learning with a teacher 'live' and self-paced remote study (with instructor support).

Hours/ week: 4 (2 with teacher and 2 self-paced)
Days: Classes with teacher* are Tuesday and Thursday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2 hours per week.
Time: 10:45am-11:45am

* Classes with teacher can be taken either fully online or a mix of in-person and 'live' remote delivery.

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Features

  • Interactive class
  • Mix of 'live' online classes and self-paced lessons
  • Optional in-person Social English classes allow for social distancing
  • Professional faculty
  • Academic and university application advisement
  • Certificate available by request
  • Full use of University facilities
  • TOEFL waiver to Pace University Undergraduate or Graduate Admission upon successful completion*

Tuition Fees

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Registration

Please note that the English Language Institute only accepts online Form I-20 applications for our Intensive and Pre-Academic English programs

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Undergraduate Admission at Pace University

The TOEFL requirement will be waived for students who successfully complete the first Pre-Academic Program level (for prospective Pace Undergraduate students only) and are academically qualified. ELI Students will apply to the Undergraduate Admission department before the completion of the Pre-Academic Program Level One.

While attending ELI, students can receive assistance with undergraduate applications. An advisor will review the following documents:

  • Completed application for errors
  • Personal essay

**The TOEFL waiver does not apply to students that have already been accepted to the Pace Global Pathways Program.


Graduate Admission at Pace University

The TOEFL requirement will be waived for prospective Pace University graduate students who successfully complete both levels of the Pre-Academic Program and are academically qualified. ELI Students will apply to the Graduate Admission department before the completion of their Pre-Academic Program.

While attending ELI, students can receive assistance with graduate applications. An advisor will review the following documents:

  • Completed application for errors
  • Personal essay
  • Resume (if applicable)

*Note that the first level of the Pre-Academic Program will waive the TOEFL requirement from the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems Masters-level programs and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law LLM and JD programs. LLM and JD applicants may also complete the Pre-Law English program to waive the TOEFL requirement. All other colleges and Masters-level programs at Pace University require completion of both levels of the Pre-Academic Program  to waive the TOEFL requirement.

**The TOEFL waiver does not apply to students that have already been accepted to the Pace Global Pathways Program.


For more information, please contact the English Language Institute.

Email: eli@pace.edu
Phone: (212) 346-1562


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