Why Nelson Center is right for your school?

  • Nelson Center expands your school’s ability to offer ESL programming. Add an English Learning Center to your school without the added cost. The center provides online English instruction at a fraction of the cost it takes to maintain an ESL department.
  • We bring thirty plus years experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages.  Our experience increases your ability to integrate international students quickly into their core studies.
  • Effective instruction builds student confidence.  Students who are challenged with language barriers are also challenged with social barriers. These two combined can lead students to fail socially and academically. However, effective language instruction at the beginning of their studies can help them integrate and be successful in their coursework.

Academic English

The Academic Program

The Academic English Program prepares students for studies in American high-schools and universities. Courses in the program provide students with a set of essential skills necessary for academic success. The following skills are at the core of the program:

  • Reading and understanding academic material
  • Writing academic papers and essays
  • Listening to lectures
  • Participating in classroom discussions
  • Giving oral presentations
  • Creative thinking

Program Organization

The 32-week online program consists of four, eight-week sessions beginning in August, October, January, and March.  As courses are intense, students will need 12 to 15 hours per week to complete their assignments. Lessons are flexible allowing students to adjust their study time to meet school schedules.

After taking the placement test, students are placed in courses on their level and progress until they reach their desired proficiency.

The Program is Ideal for International Students

This program is idea for students planning to attend or already attending a US high school or university and need to improve their English skills.

By the end of the program students are able to:

  • Read and comprehend authentic passages
  • Understand and locate main ideas and supporting details
  • Understand inferences
  • Write effective essays
  • Summarize and paraphrase
  • Use in-text citations
  • Understand and take notes on lectures
  • Speak and be understood
  • Deliver a public presentation
  • Use approximately 400 academic words
  • Interact with native speakers

What students are saying

Thank you for fall semester!

“You are very great teacher! I was really encouraged by your words and attitude toward students. I finished all classes because of your encouragement! Thank you”
Aiko
Student

I am so happy that I have taken this online course.

“Really, I am so happy that I have taken this online course. It is very useful and interesting. This course has a good influence on me, I became more confident in myself, especially after the quiz’s results”.
Najat
Student

Thank you for the detailed information

Thank you for the detailed information. This truly helps and now I have a better understanding of structuring my essay.
Marva
Student

Related Article

Carrigan, Richard. Implementing Language Classrooms. Journal of Adventist Education, 2009.