Non-Intensive ESL

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Non-Intensive Evening ESL & Saturday Museum Classes

Our adult ESL programs make language learning fun, flexible, and affordable! We offer two types of courses aimed at improving your English (on-campus and museum classes).

On-Campus Classes

Until August 13, 2020, all Summer II classes will be conducted synchronously online.
These exclusively take place at our main campus (4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA). All of these courses have an instructor who teaches and promotes a highly interactive class. Some of these courses include Business English, ESL for Better English, Grammar & Conversation, and Public Speaking with Confidence! We are always looking to expand our offerings to make learning English fun. Occasionally, we also offer courses about travel and cooking, for example. A full list of these classes is below.

Museum Classes

Until August 15,2020, all museum classes will be done asynchronously online.
If you are in the Washington, DC area, what better way to learn English, meet new people, and see some of the sites. Our Saturday museum trips take place every Saturday year round, with the exception of major holidays. We cover most of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC, as well as some others (even ones that are difficult to get into!). Students will meet at and spend a day at a museum participating in a guided, interactive, themed museum class facilitated by one of our ESL instructors. The museum changes each week, and you can do as many of these as you wish!

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Until August 15, 2020, all museum classes will be done asynchronously online.

In this course, you will participate in an interactive, themed museum class facilitated by an ESL instructor. In self-guided groups, you will use critical thinking skills to analyze artifacts and exhibits at a museum. Then you will discuss them with your group and respond to guided questions. You will connect these exhibits to your own life while learning about the history, art, culture, and geography of other people and places. This experience will expand your vocabulary, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, and enthusiasm for art and history.

Each museum visit lasts five hours. The museum changes each week, and you can attend as many or as few visits as you like. Registration and classes are on-going throughout the year, with the exception of major holidays.

You will earn 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for each museum class. Upon successful completion of museum courses, you will receive a certificate of completion listing hours and CEUs earned.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES: PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE THURSDAY AT 11:59 PM BEFORE THE SATURDAY CLASS. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT LATE REGISTRATIONS OR PAYMENTS. REQUESTS FOR CLASS SWITCHES MUST BE EMAILED TO nonintensive@fxua.edu BY THURSDAY AT NOON BEFORE THE SATURDAY CLASS.

If you are attending a museum class for the first time, please read the FAQs for Museum Classes at the bottom of this page where you can learn important information about the museum classes.

Please note that students who choose to visit the same museum twice will be credited for one museum visit only. No placement test is required for the Saturday museum visits.

 

Course Date Museum Location Course Schedule CEUs Tuition Application Deadline
July 25, 2020 National Portrait Gallery 10:30am– 3:30pm 0.5 $40 July 23, 2020
August 1, 2020 National Postal Museum 10:30am– 3:30pm 0.5 $40 July 30, 2020
August 8, 2020 Freer and Sackler Galleries 10:30am– 3:30pm 0.5 $40 August 6, 2020
August 15, 2020 National Museum of the American Indian 10:30am– 3:30pm 0.5 $40 August 13, 2020
August 22, 2020 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 10:30am– 3:30pm 0.5 $40 August 20, 2020
August 29, 2020 U.S. Botanical Garden 10:30am– 3:30pm 0.5 $40 August 27, 2020

TUITION AND REFUND POLICY: Tuition is $40 per class session. An application fee is charged once per calendar year. ** Please note that tuition and application fees are non-refundable.

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Until August 13, 2020, all Summer II classes will be conducted synchronously online.

Course Dates Registration Deadline Day/Time Room CEUs Tuition
Morning Classes
Evening Classes
ESL 0036: Essential Grammar and Conversation (PM/7:00PM-9:30 PM Meets 12 Days) July 6 to August 12
(12 Days)
July 1, 2020 Mon & Wed 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm 205 3.0 $240
ESL 0085: English Through U.S. Travel ( 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Meets
4 days)
August 17 to August 20
(4 Days)
August 12 Mon-Thurs 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm 210 1.5 $130
Saturday Classes
ESL 0010: A Day at the Museum Ongoing May 7, 2020 Saturday 10:30am-3:30pm N/A 0.5 $40
ESL 0080: Raising Issues Through American TV (9:00AM-3:00PM/
Meets 2 Saturdays)
July 11 and July 18
(2 Days)
July 8 Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00pm 210 1.5 $130

Until August 13, 2020, all Summer II classes will be conducted synchronously online.

Course Dates Registration Deadline Day/Time Room CEUs Tuition
Evening Classes
ESL 0030: ESL For Better English, Part 1 (7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Meets 8 Days) August 24 to September 16
(8 Days)
August 19, 2020 Mon & Wed 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm 205 3.0 $240
ESL 0050: Business English (7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Meets 8 Days) September 21 – October 1
(8 Days)
September 16, 2020 Mon-Thurs 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm 205 3.0 $240
Saturday Classes
ESL 0010: A Day at the Museum Ongoing May 7, 2020 Saturday 10:30am-3:30pm N/A 0.5 $40
ESL 0086: Raising Issues Through American TV (9:00 PM – 3:00 PM Meets 2 Saturdays) September 12 and September 19 (2 Days) September 8 Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 210 1.5 $130

ESL 0010: A Day at the Museum (5 hours)
Non-credit Course
In this course, students participate in an interactive, themed museum class facilitated by an ESL instructor. In self-guided groups, students use critical thinking skills to analyze a museum’s artifacts and exhibits by discussing them with their group and responding to guided questions/ Students connect these exhibits to their own life while learning about the history, art, culture, and geography of other people and places. This experience helps students to expand their vocabulary, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, and enthusiasm for art and history. Each museum visit lasts five hours. The museum changes from week-to-week and students can attend as many or as few visits as they like.

ESL 0030: ESL For Better English, Part 1 (30 hours)
This class uses integrated skills activities to build your confidence in English! You will learn how to communicate about everyday topics, including personalities, experiences, taste, creativity, money, fashion, self-esteem, and social responsibility. Class assignments include speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities to support the improvement of your English communication. (NOTE: Recommended for low-intermediate & intermediate level students)

ESL 0032: ESL For Better English, Part 2 (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
Develop fluency in your everyday life through grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. This class focuses on vocabulary expansion and essential grammar to build speaking confidence. You will learn how to talk about choices, plans, dreams, encouragement, stress, values, and points of view. As you become more comfortable with your language skills, your communicative confidence will also improve through this course. (NOTE: Recommended for low-intermediate & intermediate level students)

ESL 0036: Essential Grammar & Conversation (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
Have you ever wondered about the correct use of a or the? May or might? In this course, you will focus on honing your use of nouns, articles, verbs, and modals. You will have the opportunity to practice grammar points through interactive activities and English conversation. By mastering these foundational English grammar points, you will greatly improve your conversations with others.

ESL 0037: Effective Grammar & Conversation (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
Improve those grammar trouble spots and advance your speaking skills! In this course, you will focus on understanding and improving your use of passive voice, gerunds and infinitives, adverb clauses, and conditionals. These sophisticated grammar structures often cause trouble for English language learners, so you will have many opportunities to practice these points through grammar and speaking activities.

ESL 0038: Fast Fluency with TED Talks (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
Using TED Talks as an instructional tool, students will practice their English through watching and delivering TED talks. After students explore guided TED Talks, they will then practice their own public speaking skills by delivering their own TED Talk. This course focuses on improving listening and speaking fluency.

ESL 0039: Grammar Tune-Up! (15 hours)
Non-credit Course
This course is designed to target common grammatical errors made by English learners. In this course, you will gain confidence facing your trouble spots in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The course incorporates interactive activities to practice and reinforce correct usage. Instruction includes 10 hours in class and 5 hours of assignments.

ESL 0040: Delicious English (15 hours)
Non-credit Course
This course explores the connection between U.S. food and culture by taking a closer look at various factors that shape Americans’ approach to food. Topics include traditional and regional American dishes, food proverbs and idioms, cooking and nutrition, eating out, shopping for food, and famous U.S. food companies.  Through these themes, students participate in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities at the individual and group level while developing critical thinking, interpretive, and research skills.

ESL 0050: Business English (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
The goal of the Business English course is to familiarize students with the methods, styles, and vocabulary of modern American business communications. Students will focus on improving their listening and speaking skills in key areas of business communication such as taking part in meetings, telephoning, negotiating, and socializing. The course includes reading assignments and familiarizes students with forms of business writing such as memos, reports, invitations, résumés, letters, and agendas.

ESL 0053: Business Communication (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
Learn about the methods, styles, and vocabulary of modern American business communication. You will focus on improving listening and speaking skills in key areas of business communication such as cross-cultural awareness, requests and rejections, management, negotiations, business types and structures, and presentations. (NOTE: Recommended for high-intermediate & advanced level students)

ESL 0055: Public Speaking with Confidence (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
In this course students will improve their confidence and abilities to be effective presenters in their academic, work, or social lives. Students will build their skills by learning how to reduce public speaking anxiety, studying different speeches; practicing non-verbal communication such as eye contact, gestures, posture, and voice; selecting topics; outlining and preparing speech materials, and delivering and evaluating presentations. Strategies for selecting and using visual aids will be discussed and applied. Students who take this course can expect to practice communicating one-on-one, in small groups, and in public speaking situations.

ESL 0058: Personal Branding (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
One important aspect of any career is personal branding. This means developing skills for presenting yourself to future employers in person, on paper, and online. This class will focus on improving your professional image and social media, interview and networking skills, and business writing such as résumés and emails. The course includes speaking, reading, and business writing assignments. (NOTE: Recommended for high-intermediate & advanced level students)

ESL 0070: Express Yourself Through Creative Writing (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
This course is designed to allow students to focus on their creative writing skills. Students will learn about different writing styles including how these writing styles differ from one another. Students will work on a creative writing project over the term, sharing their concepts in class and using class time as a workshop for developing their project.

ESL 0080: American Culture through Movies, TV, Music, & Books (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
Designing for high-intermediate to advanced levels, students will explore American life as seen through media and develop a better understanding American culture and some of the issues facing the U.S. and other countries. They will expand their English vocabulary by recognizing and using common American expressions, and improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in this lively, highly-interactive class.

ESL 0081: English and Culture through American Short Stories (15 hours)
Non-credit Course
English and Culture through American Short Stories is a special two-part weekend course for au pairs. By reading and discussing various short stories and by viewing short movie adaptations, you will learn more about American culture and values. The course is designed to help you to improve your critical thinking, writing, reading, and listening skills. By working together in the company of other learners, you have the opportunity to become better at English communication and to appreciate literature. In short, along with the instructor’s attentive assistance, you will help each other to improve. The course includes 10 hours in class on 2 consecutive Saturdays and 5 hours of assignments.

ESL 0082: English Through Popular American Books (30 hours)
Non-credit Course
This course focuses on popular American books. The book will be curated by the teacher, with a special emphasis on choosing a book that can be read in and at the level of students over the course of the term. In book-club fashion, students will discuss the book over the term through guided questions. The course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking, reading, and vocabulary. The course includes 20 hours in class on 4 consecutive days and 10 hours of assignments.

ESL 0085: English Through U.S. Travel (15 hours)
Non-credit Course
This is a special course that takes students on a travel adventure while developing their language skills. Students will learn about America’s greatest travel destinations including the people, customs, and culture of different vacation spots. This course was designed for intermediate to advanced level students and incorporates listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Instruction includes 10 hours in class and 5 hours of out-of-class assignments.

ESL 0086: Raising Issues through American TV (15 hours)
Non-credit Course
In this course you will explore popular American TV shows while focusing on what these programs say about American culture, and how Americans view issues like family, money, relationships, and work. You will also improve your critical thinking, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills through viewing, discussing, and critiquing selected programs. Instruction includes 10 hours in class and 5 hours of assignments.

ESL 0087: Debating Current Events (15 hours)
Non-credit Course
In this course, students will learn how to discuss and debate in this course through current events. Students will work in groups to plan and discuss a debate topic, choosing a side for/against the topic, and then will have a spirited debate on the topic with another group with the opposing view. While the instructor will attempt to ensure that topics are acceptable for a university-setting, note that this course may cover topics that are controversial. Students must be sure that they are comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zone when deciding on this course.

ESL 0090: TOEFL: Introduction to TOEFL (35 hours)
Non-credit Course
This TOEFL Preparation course provides an introduction to the various types of questions and content covered on the TOEFL iBT® along with introductory level practice in each section of the test: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. In this class, you can gain a sense of the test as well as your strengths and weaknesses as measured through diagnostic pre-tests and post-tests that allow you to identify and assess improvement in each section; mini-tests that preview the test’s integrated four-skill format; and complete practice tests as you begin to familiarize yourself with the content and sections of the test.

ESL 0093: TOEFL Test-taking Strategies (35 hours)
Non-credit Course
The TOEFL Strategies class focuses on strengthening the tools needed to increase accuracy and timing on the TOEFL iBT® integrated skills test. In this course, you will work to strengthen approaches and techniques needed to master the integrated materials in each section of the exam: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Strengths and challenges will become immediately evident through included diagnostic pre-tests and post-tests, allowing you to focus on individualized improvement and timing in each section.  Mini-tests for each question type and complete timed practice tests will help you to streamline your approach for test day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Please contact us at nonintensive@fxua.edu.

QDo I need to take a placement test to take the museum classes?

A: No placement test is required for the museum classes.

QI registered for a museum class, but how will I know where the meet the teacher and the other students?

A: On Friday before the museum class, you will receive an email with instructions on how to get to the museum and where to meet your teacher and the other students.

QI need proof that I took the museum classes and earned continuing education units. How will I get this proof to send to my au pair agency?

A: Certificates become available online via your student portal (https://www5.viu.edu/Student), the same location that you use to login and pay for classes after the teacher submits a passing grade and a confirmation has been made that the student is in good standing. You can find the certificate attached to your course by selecting the option “My courses” from the options at the top of the page. The link to your “Certificate” can be found to the right side of any given course in this course list.

QI looked on the website and I don’t see any museum visits for next month. Will you have more museum classes?

A: Yes, we have museum classes every Saturday year round, with the exception of major holidays such as New Year’s or July 4. There are too many classes to list them all at the same time.

QWhat time are the museum classes?

A: Most of the museum classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, museum classes at the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. because these museums open later.

QHow long will it take for me to receive my certificate?

A: We ask that you allow up to 10 business days after the class for us to issue the certificate. You will be able to access the certificate in your online portal once it is generated.

QI only need 0.5 CEUs to complete my educational requirement. Is it okay if I only take one class?

A: The museum program is very flexible, and you can take as many or as few classes as you like. You can also choose the classes that you want to take, so you don’t need to take class every week.

QI took another non-intensive class at FXUA, for example an evening non-intensive course. Do I need to pay the $20 administrative fee if I want to take the museum class?

A: No, since you are a returning student you will not have to pay the $20 again if you register for a class in the same calendar year. **See the note at the bottom of the page.

QI previously took another course at FXUA, but NOT in the non-intensive class. Do I need to pay the $20 administrative fee if I want to take a non-intensive class?

A: Yes, since you have NOT taken a non-intensive course before, you will have to pay the $20 again.

Q: I signed up and paid online for a museum class, but now I am unable to attend. What can I do?

A: There are no refunds for museum classes; however, if you contact us before the registration deadline, we can switch your class to another one. Please email nonintensive@fxua.edu by noon on Thursday before the Saturday class. We are unable to switch a class after the deadline has passed.

QWhat is the deadline to register for museum classes?

A: The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on the Thursday before the class. You must also complete the payment by this deadline in order to be registered for the class. We are unable to take late registrations.

QI am not an au pair. May I take a museum class?

A: Yes! Just remember that these classes are guided instruction with you working in groups of other students (who you may not know). The goal of the classes is to both improve your English, but also to learn new things about American culture/the DC area. These classes are not restricted to only au pairs. The classes are different from other language classes since there is no formal instruction. If you are looking for a more formal course, you may want to consider other non-intensive classes at FXUA.

QWho should I contact if I have questions?

A: You may email nonintensive@fxua.edu if you have questions. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM to 4 PM.

Q: Should I take the intensive classes or the non-intensive classes?

A: This depends on your needs, goals, and budget.

The non-intensive program is best suited for part-time students, such as au pairs, other working adults, and tourists. The university does not issue visas for part-time study; therefore, students in the non-intensive program must already be in the US and have visas, permanent residency, or US citizenship. Students in the program receive certificates of completion with continuing education units (CEUs) and contact hours for the courses they complete. Tuition and fee information can be found here. Classes are offered in the evening, daytime, and on weekends. This program is best for low intermediate to advanced English speakers.

The intensive program is best suited for full-time ESL students who have an F1 Visa. The intensive program focuses on English for academic purposes, as most of our students plan to pursue university degrees after they have completed the ESL program. The intensive program is not exclusively for F1 students; students with J1 Visas can also take classes. To apply to the intensive program, students are required to apply to the university. Tuition and fee information can be found here. If a student would like to take fewer than 20 hours of classes, the tuition would be pro-rated. The classes are typically offered from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. This program offers classes from low beginner to advanced.

Q: Will I receive a certificate with my continuing education units after I complete my course?

A: Certificates become available online via your student portal (https://www5.viu.edu/Student), the same location that you use to login and pay for classes after the teacher submits a passing grade and a confirmation has been made that the student is in good standing. You can find the certificate attached to your course by selecting the option “My courses” from the options at the top of the page. The link to your “Certificate” can be found to the right side of any given course in this course list.

QWhat if I need to miss a class?
A: To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, students must attend a minimum of 75% of their classes in order to pass the course. If you are going to be late or absent, please email the teacher in advance (if possible), and you will be required to make-up any class work or assignments that you have missed.

QI took another non-intensive class at FXUA. Do I need to pay the $20 application fee if I want to take another class?

A: No, since you are a returning student, you will not have to pay the $20 again. The application fee is waived for you if you take any other non-intensive course with us. For example, if you take a museum class and then want to take an evening non-intensive course, you do not need to pay the fee again.

QI previously took another course at FXUA, but NOT in the non-intensive program. Do I need to pay the $20 application fee if I want to take a non-intensive class?

A: Yes, since you have NOT taken a non-intensive course before, you will have to pay the $20 fee.

Q: Where are non-intensive classes held?

A: All on-ground non-intensive classes are held at FXUA’s Village Drive campus, located at 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030.
Our museum classes meet at various museums in the DC area.

QWhat if I am unable to come to class?

A: We ask that you email your teacher in advance and ask for any work that you missed. However, if you miss many classes, you may not be able to receive a certificate of completion.

Q: Can I switch classes?

A: Please see our Refund and Deferral Policies on this page.

QWho should I contact if I have questions?

A: You may email nonintensive@fxua.edu if you have questions.

* Textbook prices are not included in the tuition, and tuition is always subject to change. Each class is offered upon reaching required number of student enrollment.
** Students are charged an application fee once per calendar year. If you registered in the current calendar year (and paid the application fee), you do not need to pay it again until next year.

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