Five Levels of Instruction

  • The AEC provides five levels of instruction in English for students of other language backgrounds. Your placement in these levels is based on your performance on the AEC Entrance (CaMLA) and End-of-semester (ITP-institutional TOEFL) exams and your course grades.  Change of level (to a higher level) recommendations may be made to the director based on diagnostic tests and all other work at the start of each term.

Two Areas

  • At each level, there are courses in these two areas:
  1. Listening, Speaking, Grammar for Academic Purposes
  2. Reading, Writing, Grammar for Academic Purposes
  • In addition, Support Courses are offered at levels 1-3 and Elective Courses are offered at levels 3-5. (Elective Courses are currently not offered in the summer.)

Conversation Groups

  • All students are invited to participate in conversation groups that are offered several times a week. You can attend once or several times a week, depending on your interest in practicing conversational English. The groups are informal discussions between international students and American students and are not required or graded. Information about these groups is provided through email and also by Listening and Speaking instructors early each semester. You can also ask about Conversation Groups at the front desk of the AEC office.

LEO: Learning English Online

  • LEO: Learning English Online is the AEC’s computer laboratory in 226 Fraser.  Work in the computer lab is required in many AEC courses.  The AEC believes that the work you do in LEO will help prepare you for your university academic requirements. 
 

Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises two units: the Intensive English Program (IEP) and Short-term Programs
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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