NYUSPS Programs in English

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NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai offers three levels of English. Each level provides courses to help you better communicate in your work or academic environment, and with colleagues and business associates here in Shanghai and around the world. Whether you have only minimal knowledge of English and need to acquire stronger language skills for communication purposes; you have a basic knowledge of English, but do not often use it; or you have strong English language skills and seek to increase your vocabulary and improve grammatical accuracy to better serve your own professional interests or your company, there are programs of study to meet your goals and objectives. Courses allow you to focus on an area of your choosing, while mastering the English language skills associated with it. Faculty members and administrators will help to guide your class choices based upon your level of English and on what you hope to accomplish. 

 

Elementary Courses

Perhaps you are an individual who has studied English in school, but who has forgotten much of what you learned. Maybe you studied English in a way that stressed grammar and translation, but that provided little practice in English communication. If so, then the Elementary courses are for you. They will help you to use the English that you previously learned for basic communication in the work environment as well in more casual settings including home, and if you are a student, in school.

In elementary courses you will

● Improve your listening skills by participating in English-only classes

● Improve your speaking skills by creating and practicing dialogues and roleplays

● Review basic English grammar and sentence patterns, and complete short writing assignments

● Boost your vocabulary and reading speed by completing reading assignments and actively organizing and memorizing assigned vocabulary

Upon completing a series of Elementary courses, you will be able to understand basic English instructions, converse about familiar topics, and write short paragraphs.

 

Intermediate Courses  

Our intermediate courses are designed for individuals who have the English communication skills to converse at length about familiar topics and the ability to identify main ideas in spoken and written texts of modest length and complexity. These courses will help you to develop the skills and the confidence you need to understand English spoken by proficient or native speakers in business settings and beyond. You will develop the language proficiency you need to tackle a range of general and professional topics.

In intermediate courses you will

● Improve your listening skills by using textbooks, activities, and video and audio recordings from a range of sources

● Improve speaking skills by discussing familiar topics with class members, expressing opinions on news items and current events, and making prepared speeches and presentations

● Review intermediate grammar and sentence patterns and complete longer writing assignments

● Boost vocabulary and reading comprehension by reading and responding to newspaper articles, short fiction, and reading passages on general or professional topics

Upon completing a series of Intermediate courses, you will be able to understand and communicate clearly and effectively with other English speakers on a broad range of general and work-related topics.

 

Advanced Courses

If you have strong English communications skills, but wish to further develop your English for use in the workplace or for additional English study, the advanced courses are for you. Advanced learners may be planning to take professional courses in English, or they may need a higher level of English to meet new demands at their workplace. Advanced classes will help you to develop specialized vocabulary, improve grammatical accuracy, express and support opinions clearly, and raise communication skills to a level acceptable for professional use.

In advanced courses you will

● Gain the ability to listen to and understand authentic English, such as TV reports, TED talks, podcasts, or other sources produced for native or proficient English speakers

● Engage in discussions and debates on current issues, develop negotiation skills, and learn to make effective presentations

● Learn to apply intermediate and advanced grammatical structures for more effective communication, and practice writing using a range of rhetorical forms, such as argumentaion and summarization, and genres, such as academic papers or business reports

● Build your specialized vocabulary related to business, industry, and academic study, by reading, summarizing, and discussing authentic written texts from various contexts

After completing a series of advanced courses, you will be better prepared to use English effectively in professional situations or to pursue further education in English or a professional area of specialty.

 

Unsure of your level? Complete this self-assessment checklist.

Instructions: Read the following statements and think about whether you can do them in English.

ELEMENTARY: Speaking

Understanding

Writing

  • I can use single words or memorized phrases to give information about myself.

  • I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.

  • I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need (e.g., ordering food in a restaurant, asking for and giving directions, shopping for clothes or food) or on very familiar topics.

  • I can use short, simple phrases and sentences to describe my daily routine.

  • I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can’t usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.

  • I can interact in a simple way if the other person is willing to speak at a slower rate of speech, repeat or rephrase things, and help me formulate what I’m trying to say.

Listening

  • I can recognize slowly and clearly spoken familiar words and very basic phrases about me, my family, and immediate concrete surroundings.

  • I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life.

  • I can recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being said in short texts spoken at a slow to medium rate.

 

Reading

  • I can recognize letters, numbers, a small number of words, and very short simple phrases related to everyday objects and immediate needs.

  • I can read very short, simple texts (such as menus, schedules or timetables, and advertisements) and find specific, predictable information in them.

  • I can understand short simple personal letters, emails, or text messages.

  • I can understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short, simple texts related to everyday life. I can sometimes understand the main idea of these texts.

  • I can fill in forms with personal details. For example, I can write my name, nationality, and address on a hotel registration form.

  • I can write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics.

  • I can write simple sentences about familiar information related to personal experience and everyday situations.

  • I can write a very simple personal letter, for example, thanking someone for something.

  • I can write short, simple texts about personal experience and familiar topics or situations related to daily life and experience.

If you can do some, but not all, of these things in English, please enroll in elementary courses.

If all of these statements describe things that you can do in English, then continue to the next section: INTERMEDIATE

 

INTERMEDIATE: Speaking

Understanding

Writing

  • I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences.

  • I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions.

  • I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.

  • I can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where English is spoken.

  • I can participate unrehearsed in conversations on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or related to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel, and current events).

  • I can state my opinions and plans and give brief reasons and simple explanations for them.

  • I can tell a simple story or relate the general outline of the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions to it.

  • I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.

Listening

  • I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics.

  • I can understand the main idea of simple conversations I overhear.

  • I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • I can easily understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies.

  • I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

  • I can sometimes understand a few details of radio or TV programs or presentations when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

  • I can usually understand a few details of what I overhear in conversations, even when something unexpected is expressed.

 

Reading

  • I can easily understand the main idea of short and moderately simple texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and other familiar topics.

  • I can sometimes follow stories and descriptions given in various time frames (i.e., past, present, and future) about events and experiences.

  • When reading moderately complex texts in predictable, practical, and relevant social, educational, or work-related situations, I can

    • identify purpose, main ideas, specific factual details, and some implied meaning;

    • find specific, detailed information for comparing and contrasting;

    • sometimes guess the meaning of unknown terms, phrases, or idioms from the context without a dictionary;

    • begin to integrate information.

  • I can write simple connected text (sentences and series of sentences) on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

  • I can write letters or emails highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.

  • I can write some simple paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames (i.e., past, present, and future).

  • I can write short, moderately complex descriptions, narrations, and communications about familiar, concrete topics relevant to personal interests and experience.

  • I can express my opinion and provide limited support for it.

  • I can write clear, moderately complex texts on familiar concrete and some abstract topics within predictable, practical, and relevant contexts of daily social, educational, or work-related life experience.

If you can do some, but not all, of these things in English, please enroll in intermediate courses.

If all of these statements describe things that you can do in English, then continue to the next section: ADVANCED

 

ADVANCED: Speaking

Understanding

Writing

  • I can pronounce English clearly enough that I am easily understood by others.

  • I can participate with some ease in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life.

  • I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.

  • I can express myself fully not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and/or professional topics.

  • I can talk in detail, in an organized way, and in various time frames about events and experiences.

  • I can usually support my opinion and develop hypotheses on topics of particular interest or personal expertise.

  • I can share my point of view in discussions on some complex issues.

  • I can deliver organized presentations appropriate to my audience on a variety of topics.

  • I can present information about complex, abstract, general, and specialized topics to an audience that may be large and unfamiliar.

Listening

  • I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames.

  • I can understand the main idea and most supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest.

  • I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.

  • I can understand most TV news and current affairs programs.

  • I can understand the majority of films in the variety of English I am most familiar with.

  • I can understand information presented in most genres, even when not familiar with the topic.

  • When listening to a growing range of complex texts in many unpredictable contexts and on many unfamiliar topics, I can, with varying levels of success,

    • ​identify purpose, main ideas, supporting details, speaker’ intent, mood, attitude and point of view, values, and assumptions from stated and implied information;

    • use knowledge of styles and registers to assist in comprehension;

    • use inference to integrate several pieces of stated and implied information throughout the text;

    • separate relevant from irrelevant details;

    • paraphrase and summarize key points.

 

Reading

  • I can understand the main idea and some supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest.

  • I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames and genres.

  • I can understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

  • I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style.

  • I can understand what I read on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts.

  • I can sometimes understand extended arguments and different points of view.

  • When reading a growing range of complex texts in many unpredictable contexts and on many unfamiliar topics, I can, with varying levels of success,

  • identify purpose, main ideas, supporting details, author’s intent, mood, attitude and point of view, values, and assumptions from stated and implied information;

  • use knowledge of styles and registers to assist in comprehension;

  • use inference to integrate several pieces of stated and implied information throughout the text;

  • separate relevant from irrelevant details;

  • paraphrase and summarize key points.

  • I can write well-organized, detailed paragraphs in various time frames.

  • I can connect ideas logically to create a well-structured text.

  • I can use vocabulary appropriate to my writing purpose and audience to convey my message.

  • I can effectively express points of view at some length.

  • I am comfortable using a wide variety of complex grammatical structures in my writing.

  • I can write about complex subjects in a letter or email, an essay, or a report, underscoring what I consider to be the salient issues.

  • I can write on a wide variety of general interest, professional, and academic topics.

  • I can write complex formal and informal texts for a broadening range of purposes and tasks in mostly routine but demanding situations.

If some or all of these statements describe things that you can do in English, please enroll in advanced courses.

 

If you are still unsure of your English-language proficiency and would like some guidance in deciding upon the class that is right for you, please call +86-021-2059-5960 for a private consultation.