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Non-Intensive 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!

Want to learn language for travel or cooking? Need help with some pesky grammar points? We also offer Special Weekend courses that focus on engaging topics related to life in the United States.

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.

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We have several options for our non-intensive evening options. Explore the options below by clicking on the name of the course to read the descriptions of the courses.

Each class is offered upon reaching the required number of student enrollment. If a class is cancelled because of low enrollment, students have the ability to change to another class. The tuition that they paid can be applied to another course.

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 non-intensive ESL students. (see the FAQs below for more details). 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

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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 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 non-intensive ESL students. (see the FAQs below for more details). 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

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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

* There is a $20 application fee for new non-intensive ESL students. (see the FAQs below for more details). Students can take Part 2 without taking Part 1.
***There are no classes the week of Thanksgiving.

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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
Advanced Level
60 hours, 6 CEUs, 12 weeks per course
Session Program Dates Day/Time Tuition CEUs

* There is a $20 application fee for new non-intensive ESL students. (see the FAQs below for more details).
*Please note there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving November 19-23.

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IMPORTANT DEADLINES: PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE START OF THE CLASS SESSION BY 11:59 PM. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT LATE REGISTRATIONS OR PAYMENTS.

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
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 non-intensive ESL students. (see the FAQs below for more details). Students can take Part 2 without taking Part 1.

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IMPORTANT DEADLINES: PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE START OF THE CLASS SESSION BY 11:59 PM. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT LATE REGISTRATIONS OR PAYMENTS

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.)
August 4, 2018 National Postal Museum, 10:30 AM
August 11, 2018 National Museum of Air & Space
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
September 8, 2018 Monuments on the Mall
September 15, 2018 National Zoo
September 22, 2018 United States Botanic Garden
September 29, 2018 U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
October 6, 2018 National Museum of American History
October 13, 2018 National Archives
October 20, 2018 DAR Museum
October 27, 2018 National Gallery of Art, West Wing
November 3, 2018 National Gallery of Art, East Wing
November 10, 2018 Renwick Gallery & White House Visitor Center
November 17, 2018 Museum of the American Indian
November 24, 2018 No Class – Thanksgiving
December 1, 2018 Newseum
December 8, 2018 Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
December 15, 2018 Freer & Sackler Galleries
December 22, 2018 No Class – Winter Break
December 29, 2018 No Class – Winter Break

TUITION AND REFUND POLICY: Tuition is $40 per class. New students for the non-intensive ESL program pay a  one-time $20 application fee. This fee is waived for returning non-intensive ESL students. Please note that tuition and application fees are non-refundable.

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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.

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
Fall I English Through U.S. Travel October 6 & 13 Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm $120 1.5
Fall II Grammar Tune-Up! December 1 & 8 Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm $120 1.5

* There is a $20 application fee for new non-intensive ESL students. (see the FAQs below for more details).

IMPORTANT DEADLINES: PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE START OF THE CLASS SESSION BY 11:59 PM. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT LATE REGISTRATIONS OR PAYMENTS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Please contact us at sls@viu.edu.
You can download the Fall 2018 Non-Intensive ESL class schedule here.

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 another non-intensive class at VIU, 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.

QI previously took another course at VIU, 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 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 if you have questions. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM to 4 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 on-intensive students. If you are a returning non-intensive student, you will not need to pay the $20 again or take a placement test.

QI took another non-intensive class at VIU. Do I need to pay the $20 administrative 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 registration 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 VIU, 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.

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 if you have questions.

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* 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 Non-Intensive ESL program since January 1, 2018, you do not have to pay the $20 application fee again.

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