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Academic English Program

Learn Academic Skills Essential For Your Success

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 Academic English programs help you prepare for the American university experience by learning the skills that you will use in your American university degree.

Flexible Study Options

Spring 2024 Academic English Classes will be held on-campus in New York City, as well as Online (HyFlex*).

The Academic English Program is FULL for the Spring 2024 semester.  Registration is now open for the Summer 2024 semester.

*Our Online Academic English courses are delivered in a HyFlex model. In this model, the course is taught both on-campus and online at the same time by the same faculty member. The instructor will be in the classroom and teaching on-campus students while simultaneously live-streaming to remote students.

High Quality, Innovative Instruction

Our experienced instructors use innovative, student-centered methods to teach. The classes are small, so you will get focused feedback to help you improve quickly.

Focus On Content That You Choose

Classes include an extended research topic that you will work on throughout the courses. Choose a topic you intend to study at university or a different topic to mix it up. This is a unique opportunity to learn essential research, writing and communication skills and apply them immediately towards a content topic of your choosing.

Individual Assistance With Your University Application

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

Program Summary

  • One 12- or 14-week level of 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.

    *Short-term students may also register for a 6- or 7-week Academic English course. These courses are available during the Fall 1 and Spring 1 semesters only.

  • Two levels of the 12- or 14-week Academic English courses 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**.

    *Short-term students may also register for a 6- or 7-week Academic English course. These courses are available during the Fall 1 and Spring 1 semesters only.

Course Descriptions

The Academic Program is a 6-week (Summer I only), 12-week (full Summer), 7-week (Spring I/Fall I only) or 14-week (full Spring/Fall) per level program. This program is taken by students planning to study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Learn the critical thinking, research, and writing skills needed in an American university. Work on research projects on a topic that you choose.

    Hours/week: 5
    Days: Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays.
    Time: Mornings or Afternoons. Check our Class Schedules for specific meeting times.

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

    Hours/week: 5
    Days: Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    Time: Mornings or Afternoons. Check our Class Schedules for specific meeting times.

  • Improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills necessary for success in a U.S. 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
    Days: Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    Time: Mornings or Afternoons. Check our Class Schedules for specific meeting times.

  • Gain insight into American culture, practice and acquire English by viewing and analyzing different genres of film and other audio-visual based media. You will use learning strategies and methods to gain insight into cultural norms in the United States, acquire vocabulary, practice pronunciation, listen more attentively, engage in discussion and write reviews.

    In this course, you will:

    • Identify and evaluate cultural references found in films and other audio-visual based media
    • Acquire slang, idiomatic expressions, and other informal language
    • Acquire topic specific vocabulary and use this flexibly with other topics and in other contexts
    • Outline, summarize and provide a critical review of a feature length film
    • Participate and lead class discussions over movies and audio-video media
    • Recognize and produce pronunciation features such as intonation, word and sentence stress, reduced and connected speech

    Start Date: January 22, 2024
    Hours/week: 4
    Days: Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays
    Time: Mornings or Afternoons. Check our Class Schedules for specific meeting times.

  • 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 U.S. culture.

    Start Date: May 28, 2024
    Hours/week: 4
    Days: Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays
    Time: Mornings or Afternoons. Check our Class Schedules for specific meeting times.

  • With an equal emphasis on both grammar and pronunciation, students learn to communicate fluently and accurately in English in any setting - whether it's academic or workplace-related. Our comprehensive grammar instruction will cover everything from sentence structure and verb tenses to phrasal verbs and conditional statements, ensuring that students have the knowledge they need to succeed in English-speaking environments. Pronunciation instruction will help students reduce their accent and sound more natural and native-like, while also improving their listening skills.

    Start Date: May 28, 2024
    Hours/week: 4
    Days: Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays
    Time: Mornings or Afternoons. Check our Class Schedules for specific meeting times.

Schedule

Our Academic English program features multiple levels of instruction. The results of your online placement exam and academic advisement meeting will determine the level you attend at our institute.

Registration and Fees

Please note that the English Language Institute only accepts online applications for our Intensive English and Academic English programs.

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English Placement Exam Waiver for Pace University

  • The English Language Placement Exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo) requirement will be waived for students who successfully complete the first 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 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 English Language Placement Exam waiver does not apply to students that have already been accepted to the Pace Global Pathways Program.

  • The English Language Placement Exam (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) requirement will be waived for prospective Pace University graduate students who successfully complete both levels of the Academic Program and are academically qualified. ELI Students will apply to the Graduate Admission department before the completion of their 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 Academic Program will waive the English Language Placement Exam requirement from the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems Masters-level programs. LLM and JD applicants must complete the Pre-Law English program to waive the English Language Placement Exam requirement. All other colleges and Masters-level programs at Pace University require completion of both levels of the Academic Program (Level Two) to waive the English Language Placement Exam requirement.

    **The English Language Placement Exam waiver does not apply to students that have already been accepted to the Pace Global Pathways Program.

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For more information, please contact the English Language Institute. You may also schedule a visit to campus or an online meeting.

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Quick Facts

99%

student satisfaction rate. Pace ELI students see results.

50+

countries represented annually in our classes.

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