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Intensive TOEFL®

Because students in Level 9 and higher can enroll in NESE’s Intensive TOEFL® course for as little as one month or for as many as six months, they can design their English language program so that it is uniquely suited to their specific needs. In addition, as NESE’s TOEFL® course is divided into three main skill areas – grammar, listening & speaking, and reading & writing – students can concentrate on the particular sections of the TOEFL® Exam that they most wish to improve. For example, a student who needs to improve his score dramatically on all parts of the TOEFL® test, might take NESE’s TOEFL® course from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm each day for six months while another student might take only Reading & Writing for TOEFL® for 1 month. Whatever a student’s goals, NESE’s intensive TOEFL® course will help him reach them as quickly as possible.

NESE's Institutional TOEFL® Exam is offered every month at NESE to students in Level 6 and higher. There is no extra fee for full-time students to take this exam. Part-time students are required to pay a fee each time they take this exam.

  • Grammar for TOEFL®
  • Although the official TOEFL® Exam no longer has an independent Grammar component, students preparing for the TOEFL® and other standardized exams (such as GMAT, GRE, IELTS) welcome the opportunity to focus specifically on advanced Grammar points presented in the challenging and dense TOEFL® style. In class, students receive an in-depth skill review of grammatical structures, learn advanced grammar forms, acquire test-taking techniques, and take many in-class, timed practice exams. This class also serves as an excellent review of all grammar topics.
  • (Completion of Level 8 or Initial Placement in Level 9 Required).
  • Listening & Speaking for TOEFL®
  • This component of NESE’s intensive course focuses specifically on the listening and speaking sections of the iBT Next Generation TOEFL® Exam. In class, students practice listening to dialogues and lectures and learn the skills required to respond to both the integrated and independent speaking portions of the exam.
  • (Completion of Level 8 or Initial Placement in Level 9 Required.)
  • Reading & Writing for TOEFL®
  • This component of NESE’s intensive course focuses specifically on the reading comprehension and the writing sections of the iBT Next Generation TOEFL® Exam. In class, students improve their skimming and scanning abilities, learn information recognition strategies, and acquire the writing skills necessary to complete the independent and integrated writing sections of the exam.
  • (Completion of Level 8 or Initial Placement in Level 9 Required.)
  • Institutional TOEFL® Exam
  • The Institutional TOEFL® Exam is the paper-based version of the Official TOEFL® Exam. This institutional version, like the official one, is produced by ETS, the same company that has developed, administered, and scored exams such as the TOEIC®, the SAT®, and the GRE® for over fifty years. When proctoring this exam, NESE is required to follow a strict set of regulations, including the sealing and sending of completed student exams in preparation for ETS to score them. NESE offers students the opportunity to take this exam every session, and although ETS charges NESE for each student who takes for this exam, NESE does not charge its students - simply because we recognize the value of providing our students with such a useful tool, and we want to facilitate this opportunity.

Intensive Business English

The NESE Intensive Business English course, like the Intensive TOEFL® course, offers students a great deal of flexibility, allowing them to design a program ideally suited to their needs. The course has two components: Business Communication and Business Reading & Writing, and students can take both or just one of these classes. Additionally, there are special separate Intensive Business English courses for professionals.

  • Business Communication
  • This class focuses on developing a student’s ability to use and understand common business/professional vocabulary as it occurs in everyday speech. Students improve listening comprehension through the use of radio programs, discussions, and short texts. Students are expected to present opinions on a variety of business topics. There are regular drills and homework focused on conversational uses of business vocabulary and idioms.
  • (Completion of Level 7 or initial placement in Level 8 required.)
  • Business Communication for Professionals
  • In this class, designed specifically for professionals, students discuss topics such as global marketing, entrepreneurship, monopolies, corporate structure, brand management, prices and commodities, social skills outside the workplace, and innovation in business. Students gain a greater understanding of US business culture and an ability to intelligently and clearly express views on a wide variety of business topics.
  • (Completion of Level 7 or initial placement in Level 8 required AND at least 5 years work experience. Lower level students may enter this class only with special permission from the Academic Director.)
  • For more information, please, click here.
  • Reading & Writing for Business
  • In this intensive course, students develop, practice, and refine their business writing skills while focusing on the styles and tones of business vocabulary and business idioms. This course also specifically addresses writing business letters, resumes, memos, inter-office communication, and cover letters. Readings will include authentic business articles.
  • (Completion of Level 7 or initial placement in Level 8 required.)
  • Reading & Writing for Business for Professionals
  • In this intensive course, designed specifically for professionals, case studies and current domestic and international business situations are presented. Through texts, videos, and discussions, students sharpen and refine their English language and business skills in areas such as business writing, marketing, strategic planning, finance, international business, and human resource development. The Harvard Management Update, Business Week, journal articles and case studies as well as other current media are used throughout this class.
  • (Completion of Level 7 or initial placement in Level 8 required AND at least 5 years work experience. Lower level students may enter this class only with permission special from the Academic Director.)
  • For more information, please, click here.

(1) Footnote:

Please note that After-School Courses only take place when at least five students register for the course. (However, NESE makes an exception during our January, July, and August sessions - only - and always offers Legal English, regardless of enrollment during these three sessions.) There are additional fees for After-School Courses, which are listed on the NESE application form and on NESE’s Online Application System.

Elective & After-School Courses

Elective Courses are choices available to students in Levels 8 and 9 and higher (in both NESE's Intensive and Semi-Intensive Programs) who want to place an extra focus on Intensive TOEFL® or Business English. Students can combine elective courses with their  academic courses to create a program that best suits their needs. There is no extra charge for elective courses.

After-School Courses are extra non-intensive additional choices that NESE offers students. Each class, except Legal English, meets twice a week for 90 minutes. Legal English meets four times each week for 90 minutes. There is an extra charge for after-school courses.

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After-School Courses

Pronunciation

This course is designed to give students extra practice and more confidence in conversing in both formal and informal situations. The class increases confidence by giving students opportunities to practice the correct pronunciation of difficult vowel sounds, voiced, and unvoiced consonants, blends, and verb endings. Students also work on intonation and speed. This class is structured to meet the specific needs of the individuals in the group.

(No minimum level required.)

Legal English

In this course, students are introduced to the American judicial and legislative systems. They become familiar with legal terminology, learn how to analyze cases, and also understand how legal documents are composed. In addition, students may view actual court proceedings through visiting real courtrooms and watching videos.

(Completion of Level 7 or initial placement in Level 8 required.)

For more information, please, click here.

University Preparation

This course teaches students how to prepare research and technical papers, theses, and dissertations to a standard expected by American universities. Students learn how to use a university library for research purposes, and these skills will help them complete their class assignment: a research paper complete with footnotes and bibliography.

(Completion of Level 7 or initial placement in Level 8 required.)

Workplace Communication

Regardless of their current or future profession, students learn practical skills and techniques (and English) for conducting business either in or with organizations in the United States. In other words, Workplace Communication is an etiquette guide to the peculiarities of the workplace in the United States. Whether a student is a lawyer, scientist, businessman, artist, or philosopher (or still in university), this course provides him with the tools to understand and work effectively with and within any organization in the United States. Some of the topics this course examines are:

  • Professional etiquette
  • The importance of “political correctness”
  • Management strategies
  • Issues of privacy and intellectual property
  • Electronic and written communication
  • Oral presentation
  • How to succeed in the workplace

(Completion of Level 6 or Initial Placement in Level 7 required.)

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