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Evening ESL & Saturday Museum Classes

Our adult ESL programs make language learning fun, flexible, and affordable! We offer on-campus courses such as Business English, ESL for Better English, Grammar & Conversation, and Public Speaking with Confidence!

All of our on-campus courses are held at our Fairfax, VA campus at 4401 Village Drive. Business English and Public Speaking with Confidence are restricted to high-intermediate and advanced students.

For au pairs, our Saturday museum trips to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC take place every Saturday year round, with the exception of major holidays. Students will spend a day at a different museum each week and participate in an interactive, themed museum class facilitated by one of our ESL instructors.

Would you like to improve your English language skills and knowledge of American culture and history while having fun with your friends? Here’s how: participate in our interactive museum visits led by a VIU ESL instructor!

In this course for au pairs, students participate in an interactive, themed museum class facilitated by an ESL instructor. By way of reading, listening, and writing, students react to museums’ artifacts and exhibits. This exposure will expand students’ vocabulary, cultural sensitivity, and inspiration for visiting museums. Each museum visit lasts five hours. Students can attend as many or as few visits as they like.

Students earn 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for each museum class. Registration and classes are on-going throughout the year. Register today!

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 sls@viu.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 for Au Pairs where you can read important information about the museum classes. Click on the FAQs for Museum Classes for Au Pairs at the bottom of this page.
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.

UPCOMING MUSEUMS & DATES 2018
(Museum classes are from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM, with the exception of the American Art Gallery & the National Portrait Gallery classes which are from 11:30 AM-4:30 PM.)
June 9, 2018 National Museum of the American Indian, 10:30 AM
June 16, 2018 Library of Congress, 10:30 AM
June 23, 2018 Renwick Gallery & White House Visitor Center, 10:30 AM
June 30, 2018 Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 10:30 AM
July 7, 2018 American Museum of African Art, 10:30 AM
July 14, 2018 Newseum, 10:30 AM
July 21, 2018 National Portrait Gallery, 11:30 AM
July 28, 2018 American Art Gallery, 11:30 AM
August 4, 2018 National Postal Museum, 10:30 AM
August 11, 2018 Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 10:30 AM
August 18, 2018 Freer & Sackler Galleries, 10:30 AM
August 25, 2018 National Museum of Natural History
September 1, 2018 No class – Labor Day Weekend

TUITION AND REFUND POLICY: Tuition is $40 per class + $20 application fee for new students. Please note that tuition and application fees are non-refundable.

Register now! Please click here.

Business English

Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m.

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. (Students can enroll in Part II without taking Part I)
Tuition: $240 plus $20 administration fee for first-time students.

Business English (Parts 1 & 2), Summer II – Fall II 2018
High-Intermediate to Advanced Level
30 hours, 3 CEUs, 6 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Summer II – Part 1 July 10 – August 16 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall I – Part 2 September 11 – October 18 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall II – Part 1 November 6 – December 20 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0

*There is a $20 application fee for new students. Students can take Part 2 without taking Part 1.
**Please note there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving November 19-23 in Fall II

Register now! Please click here.

Grammar & Conversation

Mondays & Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m.

Improve those grammar trouble spots and advance your speaking skills! In this course, you will focus on understanding and improving your use of English grammar. You will have the opportunity to practice grammar points through interactive activities and English conversation.
Tuition: $240 plus $20 administration fee for first-time students.

Grammar & Conversation (Parts 1 & 2), Summer II – Fall II 2018
Intermediate to Advanced Level
30 hours, 3 CEUs, 6 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Summer II – Part I July 9 – August 15 Monday & Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall I – Part 2 September 10 – October 17 Monday & Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall II – Part 1 November 5 – December 19 Monday & Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0

*There is a $20 application fee for new students. Students can take Part 2 without taking Part 1.
**Please note there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving November 19-23 in Fall II

Register now! Please click here.

ESL for Better English!

Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m.

The goal of this course is to help students improve their fluency by focusing on grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities that emphasize the language needed for everyday communication. The ESL classes focus on relevant topics, vocabulary expansion, and essential grammar to build students’ speaking confidence!

ESL for Better English!
Low-Intermediate to Intermediate Level
30 hours, 3 CEUs, 6 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Summer II – Part 1 July 10 – August 16 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall I – Part 2 September 11 – October 18 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall II – Part 1 November 6 – December 20 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0

**Please note there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving November 19-23 in Fall II

Register now! Please click here.

Public Speaking with Confidence

Mondays & Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m.

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 reducing 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 also be covered. Students who take this course can expect to improve their confidence communicating one-on-one, in small groups, and in public speaking situations.

Public Speaking with Confidence Fall I-Fall II 2018
Intermediate to Advanced Level
30 hours, 3 CEUs, 6 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Fall I September 10 – October 17 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0
Fall II November 5 – December 19 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $240 3.0

*There is a $20 application fee for new students.

Register now! Please click here.

TOEFL Preparation

Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m.

The TOEFL Preparation course gives students all the tools they need to succeed on the TOEFL iBT® integrated skills test. The TOEFL Preparation course provides a wealth of practice for all sections of the TOEFL test:

Reading: Practice the different test question types, including filling in a table or chart, determining vocabulary from context, and paraphrasing.

Listening: Develop essential listening and note-taking skills to enable you to answer questions based on authentic informal conversations in an academic setting and academic lectures.

Speaking: Learn specific skills to successfully respond to personal opinion or experience questions and questions that integrate speaking, listening, and reading skills.

Other benefits of the program include diagnostic pre-tests and post-tests that allow students to identify strengths and weaknesses and assess improvement in each section; mini-tests that preview the test’s integrated four-skill format; and complete practice tests which familiarize students with the actual formatting and timing of the test.

TOEFL Preparation Fall 2018
Advanced Level
60 hours, 6 CEUs, 12 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Fall September 11 – December 6 Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm $480 6.0

*There is a $20 application fee for new students.
*Please note there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving November 19-23.

Register now! Please click here.

* If you have taken a course at VIU before, you do not pay the $20 application fee.
** Textbook prices are not included in the tuition. Approximate textbook prices are based on buying a used or new copy from Amazon.com.
*** Each Saturday Museum Visit is worth 0.5 continuing education unit. Students can choose the dates to attend the museum trips.

Monday – Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m.

Improve those grammar trouble spots and advance your speaking skills! In this course, you will focus on understanding and improving your use of English grammar. You will have the opportunity to practice grammar points through interactive activities and English conversation.
Tuition: $240 plus $20 administration fee for first-time students.

Grammar & Conversation (Daytime)
Summer II – Fall II 2018
30 hours, 3 CEUs, 3 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Summer II – Part 2 July 9 – July 26 Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am $240 3.0
Summer II – Part 1 August 13 – August 31 Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am $240 3.0
Fall I – Part 2 September 17 -October 4 Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am $240 3.0
Fall II – Part 1 October 22 – November 8 Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am $240 3.0
Fall II – Part 2 November 26 – December 14 Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am $240 3.0

*There is a $20 application fee for new students. Students can take Part 2 without taking Part 1.

Register now! Please click here.

Special Weekend Courses for Au Pairs! We are offering weekend courses just for au pairs where you can earn 1.5 CEUs by taking a course over two Saturdays.

Exploring American Culture

Exploring American Culture is a special weekend course for au pairs offered August 4 & 11th.

Develop a better understanding American culture by examining American families, dating and marriage, American values, education system, and political system.  Learn some common expression and proverbs related to American culture and improve your English language skills in this fun and interactive course! Instruction includes 10 hours in class and 5 hours of assignments.

English Through U.S. Travel

English Through U.S. Travel is a special weekend course for au pairs offered October 6 & 13th.

Take an “armchair” travel adventure while developing your language skills. Learn about America’s greatest travel destinations including the people, customs, and culture of different vacation spots. This course incorporates listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Instruction includes 10 hours in class and 5 hours of assignments. *Please note that the classes are held on campus. No actual travel is involved.

Grammar Tune-Up!

Grammar Tune-Up! is a special weekend course for au pairs offered December 1 & 8th.

Grammar Tune-Up! is designed to target common 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.

Session Course Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs
Summer II Exploring American Culture August 4 & 11 Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm $120 1.5
Fall I English Through U.S. Travel October 6 & 13 Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm $120 1.5
Fall II Grammar Tune-Up! December 2 & 8 Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm $120 1.5

*There is a $20 application fee for new students. Students must attend both Saturdays.

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: When you take your first museum class, the teacher will give you an attendance sheet. You bring this sheet to each museum class and your teacher will sign it. When you have taken all the classes that you want, you hand in the attendance sheet to the teacher and we will issue a certificate of completion to you with the CEUs that you have earned. With each museum class you take you earn 0.5 CEUs.

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, so we post 8-10 classes at a time on the website.

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 two weeks for us to issue the certificate. We will scan and email it to you.

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 an evening class at VIU. 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.

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 sls@viu.edu by 3:00 pm 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: We recommend these classes for au pairs, but they are not restricted to au pairs. The classes are different from other language classes since there is no formal instruction. If you would like to take an ESL class we suggest that you take one of our evening ESL classes.

QWho should I contact if I have questions?

A: You may email sls@viu.edu or call Claire Gimble at (703) 591-7042 x324 if you have questions. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

QShould I take the intensive classes or the non-intensive classes?

A: This depends on your needs and your budget. The intensive program is most suited to 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 classes are offered from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

The intensive is not exclusively for F1 students; students who are here on J1 Visas can also take classes. To apply to the intensive program, students are required to apply to the university and pay a non-refundable $150 application fee. The Tuition for seven weeks is $1,400, which includes textbooks. There are some additional costs such as a student resource fee and a student activity fee. If a J1 student would like to take fewer than 20 hours of classes, the tuition would be pro-rated.

The non-intensive courses are most suited to part-time students who may work during the day. 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. J1 students in the program receive certificates of completion with continuing education units (CEUs). Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Classes run for six weeks. Evening ESL, Business English, and American Language and Culture offer 3 CEUs. The cost is $240 for six weeks of classes plus a $20 one-time administrative fee for first-time students. If you are a returning student, you will not need to pay the $20 again or take a placement test.

QWhy do I need to take a placement test? What if I don’t do well on the test?

A: The placement test is to make sure that you are taking a course that is at the right level for you. There are two parts to the test: speaking and writing. The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This is not a test where you will receive a passing or failing grade. It is only to make sure you will be placed in a course where you will be comfortable with the level of difficulty.

QWhat if I am unable to come to class?

A: We ask that you email your teacher 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.

QWill I receive a certificate with my continuing education units after I complete my course?

A: Yes, at the last class certificates are given to the students who complete the course.

QWho should I contact if I have questions?

A: You may email sls@viu.edu or call Claire Gimble at (703) 591-7042 x324 if you have questions.

Questions? Please contact us at sls@viu.edu or call 703-865-8195.

You can download the Spring 2018 Non-Intensive ESL class schedule from here.

For more information see our promotional materials here.

*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.
**If you are a returning student who took a class in VIU’s Continuing Education ESL program within the last 12 months, you do not have to pay the $20 application fee again.