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One-on-one instructors work with the trainee using textbooks and other material that support language development. These classes use a business content and may target a specific skills and language functions such as business writing and negotiation, or may be a general development of language ability over all skills.
In the business laboratory, the trainee works on software DVDs in a program that has been specifically selected by the trainer to target the trainee’s needs. The laboratory is used mainly as reinforcement and practice over skills taught during other classes, although some new material is also introduced.
In the small group class, which is only offered if there are several trainees at the same language level, spoken English skills are developed using business content in activities that rely upon pairs and group activities. These classes develop vocabulary, pronunciation, conversational fluency and presentation skills.
Trainees practice conversational functions and skills in large group conversation classes that may also contain students from other types of English programs. The purpose of these classes is to provide a wide range of purposes and audiences so that trainees may test their language in diverse contexts.
Some trainees choose to attend one or more academic English classes. These classes target a particular skill and focus upon an academic content. Trainees often choose listening and speaking classes.
Customized Business Program (5-hour day for two weeks)
Intensive Business English Program (7-hour day for two weeks)
Targeted Business Training
The trainee or company and the Director can work together to create a specialized program to fit the needs and requirements of the trainee.
Special Topics Classes for Resident Professionals
Professionals (residents or citizens of the United States) may take special short-term courses of one-on-one training in targeted skills such as accent reduction, conversational fluency, business writing or other topics. Courses are typically 12 hours in duration. To register, contact the ELI Director.
Customized Business English Programs can begin at any time. Consult with the ELI Director.
Intensive Business English Programs must coincide with the academic Intensive English Program schedule, which has 6 start dates per year. See the calendar for start dates.
Targeted Business Training and Special Topics Classes for Resident Professionals can begin at any time.
Public universities are not allowed to accept the B visa (business or visitor’s visa). We cannot enroll any trainee who is in the United States on a B visa.
Trainees must either obtain a student visa (F-1) from the university or obtain another acceptable visa through their company or government (such as an A visa – diplomatic; E-1 – treaty trader; H-3 – trainee; H1B – temporary worker; L1 – intra-company transferee) or have some form of resident status in the United States.
Companies or persons interested in the business program may contact the ELI Director:
Ms. Gail Kellersberger
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Last updated or reviewed on 2/19/10