Elective Classes

Elective classes are specialized courses that students in the 12 Week Full Time Semester programs take in addition to their Core classes. Students in the Super Intensive Program (EN050) take two electives, while students in the Intensive Program (EN020) take one elective. Elective classes meet in the afternoon, after morning Core classes.

The purpose of Elective classes are to:

  • 1Supplement and reinforce Core classes in specific skill areas that students want or need to strengthen.
  • 2Allow students to explore specialized areas of need or interest not extensively covered in Core classes.
  • 3Introduce an element of student choice, empowerment, and personalization into the overall academic program.

Sample of Elective Classes

CELOP offers a selection of Elective classes each semester. This is a sample based on levels:

Elementary to Low Intermediate Levels

Active English

In this project-based course you will improve your speaking and listening and develop your vocabulary. You will learn actively with other students doing presentations about your country and culture, taking field trips, practicing English in real-life situations, and learning about American culture and customs through holiday-based projects and other activities.

Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Academic Writing

This course will help you improve your writing skills by teaching you the elements of clear, coherent, and grammatically correct English writing. You will review organizational techniques for developing and presenting your ideas and learn how to combine sentences effectively. Advanced students will also learn how to paraphrase without plagiarizing and to attribute material from other sources. You will also work on the overall writing process, learning to revise your writing, so that the final draft is sophisticated and accurate. During this course you will write, edit, and rewrite three essays.

Listening, Speaking and Vocabulary Development

This course will help you use English comfortably and with confidence in academic, business, or social settings. You will improve your English communication skills by listening to recorded materials from a variety of sources, including radio, television, websites, and video. Speaking activities will allow you to practice communicating your thoughts fluently and more accurately. You will also increase your knowledge of English vocabulary, including slang and idiomatic expressions, so that you can better understand Americans and American culture. At the elementary and intermediate levels, vocabulary will focus on common and essential everyday English words and expressions. At the advanced level, vocabulary will focus on academic, professional, and cultural words and expressions.

Students who take this class in Summer 1 must choose a different class in Summer 2.

Reading, Speaking and Vocabulary

This course will help you improve your English communication skills through readings and discussions from a variety of sources, including books, magazines, websites, and newspapers. The readings will expand your vocabulary as well as stimulate discussion. You will develop the skills you need to improve your overall reading comprehension. The speaking part of the class will provide you with many opportunities to practice speaking in English. You will also learn a variety of methods to help you understand unfamiliar vocabulary. At the intermediate level, vocabulary will focus on common and essential everyday English words and expressions. At the advanced level, vocabulary will focus on academic, professional, and cultural words and expressions. This class will prepare you to feel more confident in academic, business, and social settings.

Pronunciation, Speaking, and Listening

This course will help you pronounce English more clearly and fluently in social and professional settings, while also improving your listening comprehension. You will study the rhythm, stress, and intonation patterns of English, individual vowel and consonant sounds, and how to finish words and syllables. You will receive personal attention, to help you identify and work on your specific pronunciation problems. Class activities will include small group discussions for practice expressing yourself clearly and with confidence, learning strategies that will help other speakers of English understand you better, and listening to authentic materials to improve your understanding of spoken English.

American Culture, Conversation and Colloquial English

Learn to interact fully with Americans in both formal and informal social, academic, or workplace settings by improving your conversation skills and fluency and by learning about U.S. culture. Viewing film and video clips, you will examine such topics as: social forms and customs, U.S. government, law, health, personal relationships, and speaking styles. This course will give you an insight into these and other aspects of contemporary U.S. culture, while also helping you improve your conversation and build your vocabulary through lively in-class activities and discussions. In addition, you will build your knowledge of colloquial, informal English, including slang and idiomatic expressions.

The American Legal System

This course examines the American legal system and its impact on American society and business. You will learn how the legal system functions, looking at both criminal and civil law, the jury system and significant cases, which have shaped American society. You will do substantial work in the areas of vocabulary building, listening, speaking, reading, and critical thinking while gaining a broad understanding of American culture and history. You will also evaluate and prepare oral arguments on different topics. Course activities and materials may include readings, discussions, debates and simulations, legal news stories from tape and print sources, and videos of actual or fictional cases. There will be some written work.

Business Communication

This course is for students who want to learn to communicate effectively in oral and written English in business settings. You will take a closer look at idioms and expressions commonly used in American business, so that you can interact comfortably with native speakers. You will learn strategies for effective oral communication in the workplace, including presentations, meetings, interviews, and telephone calls. Written work may include a business plan, letters, faxes, memos, résumés, emails, and reports.


iBT TOEFL Preparation: Next Generation TOEFL

This course is designed for students preparing to take the internet-based TOEFL examination (iBT) for university admission. You will work on improving test-taking skills to help increase your score. You will prepare for all four sections of the examination: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. You will do preparatory exercises and sample tests. This is an intensive exam-preparation course and you will be required to do regular homework assignments. Some attention may be given to the paper-based TOEFL.

Media News

This course will focus on all types of current events: politics, social issues, science, health and psychology, the environment, arts and entertainment, humor, etc. Specific content will be determined by student interest and relevance during the semester. Certain current events will be one-time topics, while others may be followed throughout the term. Media sources may include the Internet, newspapers, television, radio news and “news magazine” programs on video. Oral work will include discussions of topics and other speaking projects, such as news panels, debates, role-plays, and interviews. One of the three weekly sessions will be held in CELOP’s Multimedia Language Lab.

 

Advanced Level Grammar Review, Speaking Accuracy, and Vocabulary Development

In this class you will practice communicating in English with more confidence by reviewing a range of grammatical structures, which you need to speak more accurately. You will learn to minimize the mistakes you make while taking advantage of many opportunities to use and reinforce your improved skills through lively in-class activities and discussions. You will receive individual help with grammar problems and learn error-correction strategies. You will also learn a variety of methods to build your vocabulary for use in social and professional settings. Vocabulary will focus on academic, professional, and cultural words and expressions.

SAT Preparation

This course is designed for students preparing to take the SAT for admission to an American university. You will prepare for all three sections of the SAT: critical reading, math, and writing. You will work on the language skills needed to succeed and on improving test-taking strategies to help increase your score. Work on the math section will focus on English vocabulary on the test, not on math instruction. This is an intensive exam-preparation course and you will be required to do regular homework assignments. Note: Before selecting this course, students should check whether the colleges they are applying to require that they take the SAT.

Introduction to American Culture

You will be introduced to various aspects of U.S. culture, including societal values, education, family life, politics, the media, race and gender relations, and social relations. You will also be introduced to U.S. academic culture, including modes of communication, classroom expectations, the organization of the academic institution, and relationships with professors and other students. The course objectives are to provide students with a foundation of knowledge about U.S. culture in order to smooth the progress of their experience in the United States and to improve speaking and listening skills.

 

Note about Elective Classes

Not all electives are available in all semesters or in all programs. Electives are targeted at specific English levels, so we might not place accepted students into their first choice of elective. Continuing students may be required to take specific Elective classes as a condition of moving to a higher English level.