Curriculum & English Levels

The English for Academic Preparation program​ curriculum provides a serious, intensive program of language preparation that focuses on academic skills and university preparation. The program includes 25 hours of instruction during the ten-week summer term and 20 hours of instruction during the 16-week fall and spring terms.

English for Academic Preparation Levels

Class Schedule

Sample Face-to-Face Class Schedule
  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
MORNING Reading / Writing
2 hours
Reading / Writing
2 hours
Reading / Writing
2 hours
Reading / Writing
2 hours

TOEFL Preparation Classes
Optional

No required classes

 

Mid-Morning Break Break Break Break -
Late Morning Grammar or Elective
1 hour
Grammar or Elective
1 hour
Grammar or Elective
1 hour
Grammar or Elective
1 hour
-
AFTERNOON Lunch
Conversation Groups or Conversation Partner Program Optional
Lunch
Conversation Groups or Conversation Partner Program Optional
Lunch
Conversation Groups or Conversation Partner Program Optional
Lunch
Conversation Groups or Conversation Partner Program Optional
-
Late Afternoon Listening / Speaking
2 hours
Listening / Speaking
2 hours
Listening / Speaking
2 hours
Listening / Speaking
2 hours
ALI Activities: sports, music, culture

English Levels

English Levels & Descriptions
Level Title Short Description
50 Low intermediate
60 Intermediate
70 High intermediate, pre-advanced
80 Advanced 1
90 (Gateway) Advanced 2 + SF State credit coursework
100 Undergraduate

Electives

  • Grammar for Writing
  • Pronunciation
  • American Culture
  • Business English
  • American Literature
  • San Francisco Neighborhoods