General English Program

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Course Description

The English Language Academy's (ELA) General English Program is a four-week course for non-native English speakers who wish to improve their ability to communicate in a variety of settings.

Course Details

Who Should Attend:  International students who prefer a short-term English course, geared towards improving general communication skills.

Curriculum:  The General English Program is scheduled in 4-week increments in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, and includes 17.5 hours per week of classroom instruction.

Description:  ELA's General English Program improves the confidence of non-native English speakers to communicate in English in a variety of situations.

Program Requirements:  To earn a General English Program certificate, students must successfully complete all coursework with a final GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4) or higher.

Instructors:  Qualified and experienced ESL instructors offer a stimulating and participative learning environment.

Course Format:  Instruction is delivered in the classroom format at the English Language Academy (ELA), on the campus of the .

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Francine Chemnick, Director
Tel: (619) 260-7621
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Accreditation and Memberships

USD's English Language Academy is a member of English USA (formerly the American Association of Intensive English Progams), and NAFSA (the Association of International Educators).  

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What You Will Learn

The course focuses on the following elements:

  • Developing conversational skills for use in a variety of settings such as international travel and social events
  • Building vocabulary, including idioms
  • Learning about American Culture
  • Attending small classes, enabling a stronger connection with instructors and other international students
  • Interacting with highly qualified and experienced English as a Second Language instructors


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Courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational.

Key Benefits of English Language Academy Courses

Dynamic, Practical Language Skills

Our individualized, skill-based placement system stimulates dynamic learning for students of varying levels of language proficiency with instruction that is tailored to their unique needs.

Sense of Community

Our faculty and staff engage students from around the globe in an enriching, high-quality educational experience where they also build friendships that help stimulate academic success.

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Our mission is to help each student thrive while developing the English language skills that position them to achieve personal, professional and academic goals.