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English ClassesEnglish classes, TOEFL

The Santa Cruz Language Institute offers a variety of courses of English as a second language. Whether you live in Santa Cruz and are developing your English proficiency, or are a foreign student wanting to improve your ability to function in English, or even someone getting ready to take the TOEFL exam, we have the class for you.

Beginner level

Students concentrate on developing fundamental English skills in an interactive classroom setting. Class work emphasizes those skills necessary for effective oral and written communication. Instruction covers all areas of language development: practical vocabulary, basic language structures and the essentials of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Level 1
By the end of the class, students will know words and phrases, answer questions and participate in simple conversation.
Level 2
By the end of the class, students will be able to participate in most everyday situations, and understand native speakers used to deal with foreigners learning English.

Intermediate level

Students continue to develop fluency and accuracy. Class work focuses on comprehensive skills as well as academic preparation skills, including the fundamentals of essay writing and the development of critical reading, listening and note-taking skills.
Level 1
By the end of the class, students will be able to participate in conversations with native speakers in a variety of topics about life in the US. Students will start to develop the ability to narrate, describe, talk about future plans, and give and understand instructions.
Level 2
By the end of the class, students will have developed accuracy in Level 1 communication tasks, and also narrating in the past, talking about current events in the news, start developing argumentative discourse abilities.

Advanced Level and TOEFL

English classes at this level will focus on diverse areas of interest such as current issues, cross-cultural concerns, vocabulary expansion, public speaking, pronunciation, advanced reading and writing. TOEFL preparation class that emphasize test-taking and refining English language skills are also offered in selected sessions.

Learning English in Santa Cruz is now possible and accessible. English classes applying language, grammar and conversation are offered to foreign students in the downtown area. 

See our English Course prices*.  Please select your ideal English course option, then contact us or register online to book your course.