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This ELTA course provides
  • 18-20 hours of instruction per week.
  • Four levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced.
  • Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners, and site visits into DC.
  • Conditional Admission Opportunities
  • Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs and organizations, and Academic Support and Access Center.
  • Visa support for qualified international students.

ELTA's Intensive Program offers students a number of flexible study options. Students can study in a 14-week semester in the fall or spring and choose between a 5-week or 10-week semester in the summer. All program options are designed to meet each student's individual goals and effectively prepare them for future work, study, or general communication in English.

This ELTA Intensive course is offered by American University Washington DC.
Program Description
Reading, Writing and Grammar

In this high-intermediate course students write multi-paragraph essays on academic topics and apply writing process methods such as outlining, drafting and editing. Grammatically, they use advanced verb tenses (past perfect), some conditionals, and adverbials. In conjunction, students employ active reading strategies, such as inferring, skimming, scanning for key words and identifying contextual information, while reading academic articles and novels.

Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation

In this high intermediate course, students learn to confidently give extended presentations with and without PowerPoint on academic topics and participate in small group and class discussions on complex ideas. In addition, students improve their fluency by recognizing and using reductions, collocations, and changes in intonation to express contrast, doubt and exaggeration.


At the forth level of ELTA, students take four unique courses.

Writing and Grammar

This course develops students’ writing skills with a particular focus on writing academic essays according to American academic conventions. After reviewing and honing their ability to write clear, focused, and well-developed paragraphs, students learn to state and defend a thesis while composing essays in multiple genres, including compare and contrast, cause and effect, and argumentative.

Students engage in all aspects of the writing process, including pre-writing, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, and peer review. Students will learn the value of feedback and revision. In addition, students analyze and address the typical grammatical trouble spots for non-native speakers. Throughout the semester, students pay close attention to the norms of academic integrity and the issue of plagiarism. The course culminates with an introduction to the research paper.

Academic Discussion

This course focuses on improving all aspects of the oral and aural skills necessary to be successful undergraduate students. The curriculum emphasizes receptive skills, such as listening for content, note-taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing, as well as expressive skills, such as giving a variety of presentations and participating in small group and whole class discussions.

In the process, students increase their fluency and accuracy in expressing their ideas, expand their academic and idiomatic vocabulary, and sharpen their critical thinking skills while becoming more comfortable and confident with the culture of an American classroom.

Reading and Vocabulary

This course offers undergraduate students the opportunity to develop critical academic reading skills and to expand their academic vocabulary. Students read a variety of texts, such as essays, newspaper articles, short stories and novels. Students respond critically to the texts by writing journals and essays, giving presentations, and actively engaging in small and whole group discussions with their classmates in order to explore the nuances and deeper meanings in each text. All semester students keep a vocabulary journal composed of new words they encounter from each article, story, or novel.

Life and Culture in Washington, DC

In this course, students of all levels have the opportunity to both study and experience the life and culture of the U.S. capital. Through readings, discussions, watching films, guest lectures by experts in the fields of history and politics, and site visits in Washington, DC, students gains a more profound knowledge and insight about this exciting and intriguing city.

Over the course of the semester, students will also compare and contrast the life and culture of DC to that of the US as a whole. In the process, students strengthen all aspects of their English language skills and deepen their understanding of US culture.

Programme Structure

Start Dates
  • Spring 2017: Start date: January 17; End Date: May 1 - Duration 14 weeks
  • Summer 2017: Start date: June 5; End Date: August 11 - Duration 10 weeks (5-week option available)
  • Fall 2017: Start date: August 28; End Date: December 8 - Duration 14 weeks

Spring 2017 Deadlines

International Students
  • Priority Deadline: October 3
  • Final Deadline: November 1
Students currently in US
  • January 9
Tuition Fees
  • Spring (14 weeks): $7,200
  • Summer (10 weeks): $5,400
  • Summer (5 weeks): $2,700
*Mandatory Student Fees (Sports Center, technology, etc.) $70

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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