Academic English Program

Academic English Program


The BridgePathways Academic English program is a comprehensive, in-depth course designed to help you succeed in the U.S. university classroom.

ACADEMIC READINESS

As a student in our BridgePathways Academic English program, you'll acquire the necessary English language skills to succeed in an academic environment. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop your English proficiency in the four communicative skills— reading, writing, speaking, and listening— while strengthening your study skills and strategies.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

You'll learn quickly from the communicative and student-centered approach in all of our classes. You'll be expected to actively participate in activities, discussions, and projects. We encourage our students to constantly practice English while undertaking various academic tasks.

SOCIAL & CULTURAL IMMERSION

As a BridgePathways student, you'll participate in essential social and cultural immersion experiences to help you become comfortable with living and actively participating in U.S. campus and community environments.

THEME-BASED CURRICULUM

You'll study a different theme each week. Themes are related to common areas of undergraduate study and will unify all of your classes. This thematic approach allows you to develop both linguistic skills and content knowledge.

ENGLISH ONLY

To maximize your learning experience, we have an English-only policy both in and out of class. We ask that students from the same language background try their best to communicate only in English.

AUTHENTIC MATERIALS

You'll work with a curriculum that includes a combination of materials from National Geographic™ and other sources written for native English speakers. By using such materials, you'll be able to develop an understanding of authentic oral and written communication.

CRITICAL THINKING AND ANALYSIS

In addition to helping you achieve your linguistic goals, we will also help you to develop critical thinking and analysis skills. These important skills are an integral part of our curriculum.

PRACTICAL TASKS

You'll prepare specifically for the work you'll be doing in college with the tasks we assign. You'll be participating in discussions and debates, giving formal and informal presentations, conducting research, writing source-based essays, and listening to lectures.

BridgePathways Levels

BridgePathways uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) when determining English proficiency levels.

Levels CEFR Level TOEFL iBT IELTS
Level 0 A1-A1+ 0 - 31 0 - 4.0
Level 1 A1+ -2 32 - 43 5.0
Level 2 A2 - A2+ 44 - 56 5.0
Level 3 A2+ - B1 57 - 62 5.5
Level 4 B1 - B1+ 63 - 68 5.5
Level 5 B1+ - C1+ 69+ 6.0+
*Equivalencies for reference only

AUTONOMOUS LEARNERS

Our teaching methodology encourages students to become autonomous learners and to think independently.Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills you will need when pursuing your degree at a U.S. university.

Typical Schedule

Class sessions are delivered from 08:15 am to 02:15 pm, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, class is from 09:00 am to 12:00pm.

08:15 - 10:30 Academic Speaking and Listening
10:30 - 12:00 Academic Writing
12:45 - 14:15 Academic Reading

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