Academic English (ESL)
Online, In Person, or Both
If you plan on attending a US university or want to improve your skills to take advantage of training programs conducted in English, Maestro's Academic English may be for you. Maestro offers a number of academic courses focused on particular academic skills and also courses that use an integrated approach.
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These courses are online only. However, if your group is located in the Washington, DC area in the US, we can arrange to create a hybrid course of a combination online and in person.
The materials and tasks use content that is academically oriented for today's global learners. We explore issues related to education, business, communication, and people important for understanding today's world. Online dynamic audio/visual bring real-life conversations, lectures, and more to the student to access 24/7. Vocabulary is presented with electronic audio-flashcards to enable students to practice correct pronunciation. Activities can be completed and checked automatically to allow learners to move at their own pace.
To enroll in the proper class, students take a placement exam. Please contact Maestro to get started, and we'll send you the link to the placement exam.
Skill based courses:
Listening and Speaking - Sharpens interpersonal communication skills to help students effectively manage relationships with professors, classmates, and school personnel. Provides notetaking and effective listening skills as well as vocabulary development critical to performing well in an academic setting. Students conduct at least two presentations in each course using PowerPoint and Google docs.
Reading and Discussion - Encourages students to become active readers, stressing both physical and mental engagement with the text. Skills include Getting the Essential Information, Defining Vocabulary in Context, Identifying and Using Rhetorial Devices, Skimming and Scanning, Finding the Implied Main Idea, Using Detailed Examples.
Grammar - Level one covers all the verb tenses and parts of speech as well as modals, comparatives, and superlatives, among other things. Level two builds on areas covered in level one to help students with phrasal verbs, sentence structure, the passive voice, and adjective clauses.
Writing - All levels emphasize using a writing process. The first level works on sentence development and introduces the paragraph. The second level focuses on paragraphs. The next level works on the essay. All levels integrate grammar, vocabulary building, and critical thinking skills.
Every book contains engaging topics to read, discuss, listen to, and write about such as improving our cities by focusing on the environment and the quality of life, micro-lending to women, looking for work in the 21st century, and the art and archaeology of the Silk Road.
To further engage today's global learners, the books contain electronic flashcards for vocabulary development, animations of important points, short videos of lectures and other vignettes, and audio recordings of readings, conversations, and more.
You can write in your online books, just like a print book. What's special is that your teacher will look at your book too and make comments right on the page for you to see.
In short, the online book is just like the print book only so much better.
Steps to Enroll
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5. Attend class!
Thousands of universities and agencies around the world rely on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to make admission or hiring decisions. If you want to get in to the school of your choice, or if you need to prove that your English is top-notch, start preparing to ace that exam today with Maestro.
Highlights of Maestro's TOEFL preparation course:
intensive course covers all areas of the TOEFL iBT exam: reading,
writing, listening and speaking. You'll take 2 practice tests and
several vocabulary and mini tests. Expect to complete up to 6 hours
of homework per week.
Integrated skills-based courses:
Crossroads Café - Middle-Level learners of English as a Second Language. The 26 video episodes depict a cast of likeable characters from an imaginary Crossroads Café in a sitcom (situation comedy). The course teaches English as it entertains and helps you to understand American culture. The course can be used by the independent learner, the distant learner, or the classroom learner. Maestro has taught English to Africa for many years with these materials as the base under the African Virtual University.
On Common Ground - Advanced learners of English as a Second Language, adult/youth civics courses, and those preparing for the US Citizenship exam. Each of the 15 episodes includes an action-packed story and a short documentary segment. They show the "common ground" - the common values that people in the United States share. This is another course popular under the African Virtual University.
In all courses, authentic academic materials and tasks are used. Moreover, as students engage in the academic content, they learn the skills of the 21st century -- digital literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.
The lead teacher at Maestro - Cara Fulton - has been teaching Academic English (ESL) at Howard University since 1997 with great success. The students there continue their studies at universities around the country including George Washington University, the University of Ohio, the University of Minnesota, American University, and many others. Naturally a great many go on to study at Howard University. In fact, several have earned their Ph.Ds there or are in the process of doing so.
All other professors are equally qualified native speakers of English yet may be based in countries around the world to help accomodate time zone issues with students around the world.
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