Advanced 1
High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English


The course is designed to build upon emerging academic English language skills to engage in speaking, listening, writing, and reading tasks which are relevant to their professional, personal, and academic life. The class is taught using a student-centered communicative approach to English language learning. The total time of the course is 216 hours.


Class schedule TBD

Length of Study

12 Weeks (216 Hours)

Course Code

Reading & Writing (R301)
Listening & Speaking (C301)

Relevant Level

Low Advanced


Students will be able to communicate with and understand Advanced I level written, spoken, and aural English. Students write and read extensively, participate in group discussions, give oral presentations, practice their listening skills. In this course, the focus is on developing and supporting functional skills for highly nuanced expression and interaction in an English language environment, primarily focusing on making multi-faceted descriptions, analyses, and evaluations. Continued focus will be given to helping students acquire strategies for effective oral communication. In addition, students participate in various kinds of speaking activities in order to develop fluency and accuracy.


Students will …


- Read a various types of text such as:

  • An essay
  • A newspaper interview
  • A magazine article
  • A product review
  • A news article
  • An article from a health magazine
  • An article from a science magazine
  • A blog post
  • An article from an engineering magazine
  • An article from an international newspaper


    - Gather information and ideas to write the followings:

    • An analysis essay about what makes someone admirable.
    • A descriptive essay about an advertisement for a product, business, or service.
    • A narrative essay about someone or something that influenced you when you were younger.
    • An essay comparing and contrasting two new technologies that can improve lives.
    • A cause and effect essay about the effects of science on the food we eat.
    • Summary of a text
    • An opinion essay about a specific discovery or type of exploration.
    • A persuasive essay about whether failure can lead to success.


    - Listen to a various types of audio such as:

    • A radio interview
    • A lecture
    • A book review
    • A podcast
    • Watch a video
    • A class discussion
    • A radio report
    • A conversation
    • A report


      - Gather information and ideas to:

      • Give a presentation about how to be an effective leader.
      • Role-play a conversation offering advice to help someone become better organized.
      • Present a personal story.
      • Create a role-play about presenting a business plan for a new product.
      • Participate in a debate on food science.
      • Have a discussion and make a group discussion.
      • Tell a personal story about an accidental discovery you made and how it affected you.
      • Present your opinions about the consequences of progress.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      At the completion of Advanced I level, students will be able to

      • Highlight and annotate a text.
      • Make inferences about a text.
      • Identify comparisons and contrasts.
      • Identify a writer’s bias.
      • Create and use an outline.
      • Identify facts and opinions
      • Identify counter arguments and refutation.
      • Organize and develop an essay.
      • Write a descriptive essay.
      • Organize and write a narrative essay and vary sentence patterns.
      • Write a compare and contrast essay.
      • Write a cause and effect essay.
      • Write a summary.
      • Write an opinion essay.
      • Write a persuasive essay.
      • Identify main ideas.
      • Identify details.
      • Make inferences.
      • Identify contrasting ideas.
      • Identify signal words and phrases.
      • Identify causes and effects.
      • Give a presentation.
      • Avoid answering questions.
      • Express interest during a conversation.
      • Change the topic.
      • Use questions to maintain listener interest.
      • Add to another speaker’s comments.
      • Stress the syllables.
      • Pronounce unstressed syllables correctly.
      • Use appropriate sentence stress.
      • Use basic intonation patterns.
      • Use common intonation patterns.
      • Link words with vowels.
      • Use collocations with nouns correctly.
      • Use prefixes and suffixes correctly.
      • Use cause and effect collocation correctly.
      • Use collocations with prepositions correctly.
      • Use idioms correctly.
      • Use restrictive relative clauses correctly.
      • Use definite and indefinite articles correctly.
      • Use the past perfect and past perfect continuous correctly.
      • Use subordinators and transitions to compare and contrast correctly.
      • Use agents appropriately with the passive voice.
      • Use reported speech with the present tense and shifting tenses correctly.
      • Use adverb phrases of reason correctly.
      • Use adverb clauses of concession correctly.
      • Use gerunds and infinitives correctly.
      • Use the subjunctive for suggestions correctly.
      • Use phrasal verbs correctly.
      • Use the present perfect and the present perfect continuous correctly.
      • Use comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs correctly.
      • Use simple, compound, and complex sentences correctly.
      • Use indirect speech correctly.
      • Use real conditional sentences correctly.