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English Communication
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Program Overview

English Communication Series (ECS) is designed to improve fundamental English language skills while learning more about intercultural, scholarly, and workplace communication. To transition from this program to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, students must pass the ECS Exit Exam, which is offered during the last week of each term.

Initial placement in ECS is determined by the ELP Placement Exam scores or original scores from other placement tests recognized by National University.

Four-week term; offered every month.

3-day program
Cost: $500 per course for 3-day program (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Hours: 72 hours per month/course

5-day program
Cost: $750 per course for 5-day program (Monday through Friday)
Hours: 90 hours per month/course

Please contact [email protected] for more details.

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From first impressions to basic business correspondence (letters, faxes, memos, note-taking, and reports), students develop confidence in personal and workplace English communication skills. Develop foundation skills, improve organization, develop time management skills, and develop all four language modalities in English.

From money matters and international trade to working together with colleagues and dealing with problems, students engage in English communication as they address work-related and interpersonal communication challenges. Students conduct a learning style inventory, and develop all four language modalities in English.

From conferences, interviews, and meetings to travel, marketing, and operations, students apply functional English communication skills, engage in interactivities (discussion, problem-solving and role play), and complete collaborative projects. Students explore multiple intelligences, and develop all four language modalities in English.

Students develop useful language skills to ask question or ask for clarification and apply expressions for language activation. Students engage in role play, make contributions in discussion groups, and practice the role of conversation leader. Students develop all four language modalities in English.

Students learn about the roles of team members and engage in teamwork activities to encourage reflection and application of higher-order thinking skills. Students develop all four language modalities in English through teamwork activities.

Students identify and practice listening and speaking techniques and increase confidence through interactivities as well as continue to develop all four language modalities in English through performance-based activities.

Students explore different types of problems and discover why problem-solving skills are essential for their studies. Through collaborative projects that require the students to apply all four language modalities in English, students use imagination and creative thinking to find solutions to a variety of relevant problems.

Students create and explain graphs, charts, and diagrams in conjunction with formal presentations and written assignments including the application of all four language modalities.

Students use a variety of graphic organizers to take notes, brainstorm, organize ideas, and prepare oral or written assignments, including the application of all four language modalities in English.

Students read, analyze, and discuss fiction from cultures around the world applying metacognitive skills and four language modalities in English.

Students read, analyze and discuss a variety of non-fiction works applying to metacognitive skills and four English Language modalities.

Students read, analyze and discuss stories passed from generation to generation following the oral traditions of the Native Americans and other indigenous cultures from around the world and the role musical instruments played. Using strategies, such as Flower Power, Story boards, graphic organizers, and journal writing, students will recite and create legends and tales applying the four English language modalities.


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