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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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In this course for au pairs, you will participate in an interactive, themed museum class facilitated by an ESL instructor. In self-guided groups, you will use critical thinking to analyze a museums’ artifacts and exhibits, discuss with your group, and respond to 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. 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@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 learn 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.)
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
January 5, 2019 National Portrait Gallery
January 12, 2019 American Art Museum
January 19, 2019 National Postal Museum
January 26, 2019 National Air and Space Museum
February 2, 2019 Library of Congress
February 9, 2019 U.S. Holocaust Museum
February 16, 2019 National Museum of African Art
February 23, 2019 National Museum of Natural History
March 2, 2019 National Museum of American History
March 9, 2019 U.S. Botanic Garden
March 16, 2019 DAR Museum
March 23, 2019 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
March 30, 2019 Newseum
April 6, 2019 National Museum of American Indian
April 13, 2019 Freer & Sackler Galleries
April 20, 2019 Renwick Gallery
April 27, 2019 No Class – Easter Weekend

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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Develop your language and cultural knowledge with our evening, daytime, and weekend courses. These courses range from general language improvement to focused study of specific linguistic areas (see below for course descriptions). Explore the American context with the relevant discussions and activities to enhance your skills personally and professionally and connect your learning to your own life. Upon success completion of a course, you will receive a certificate of completion listing course hours and CEUs earned.

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 they paid can be applied to another course.

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.

Schedule

Course Dates Day/Time CEUs Tuition
Evening Courses
Business Communication January 14-February 20 Mon/Wed 7-9:30 pm 3 CEUs $240
Essential Grammar & Conversation January 14-February 20 Mon/Wed 7-9:30 pm 3 CEUs $240
ESL for Better English, Part 1* January 15-February 21 Tues/Thurs 7-9:30 pm 3 CEUs $240
TOEFL Preparation January 15-April 18 Tues/Thurs 7-9:30 pm 6 CEUs $480
Daytime Courses
Effective Grammar & Conversation January 14-January 31 M/T/W/Th 9-11:30 am 3 CEUs $240
ESL for Better English, Part 2* February 4-February 21 M/T/W/Th 9-11:30 am 3 CEUs $240
Weekend Courses
Delicious English February 2 & 9 Saturday 9 am-3 pm 1.5 CEUs $120

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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Course Descriptions

Business Communication (30 hours)

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)

Essential Grammar & Conversation (30 hours)

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.

Effective Grammar & Conversation (30 hours)

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 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 For Better English, Part 2 (30 hours)

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)

TOEFL Preparation (60 hours)

This TOEFL Preparation course provides all the tools you need to succeed on the TOEFL iBT® integrated skills test. This course provides a wealth of practice for all sections of the TOEFL test: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Other benefits include diagnostic pre-tests and post-tests that allow you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and assess improvement in each section; mini-tests that preview the test’s integrated four-skill format; and complete practice tests to familiarize you with the actual formatting and timing of the test.

Delicious English (15 hours)

Bring your appetites and your curiosity! Delicious English explores the connection between food and American culture by taking a closer look at the factors that shape the food we eat including economics, regional and ethnic considerations, politics, and traditions. Instruction includes 10 hours in class and 5 hours of assignments.

Develop your language and cultural knowledge with our evening, daytime, and weekend courses. These courses range from general language improvement to focused study of specific linguistic areas (see below for course descriptions). Explore the American context with the relevant discussions and activities to enhance your skills personally and professionally and connect your learning to your own life. Upon success completion of a course, you will receive a certificate of completion listing course hours and CEUs earned.

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 they paid can be applied to another course.

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.

Schedule

Course Dates Day/Time CEUs Tuition
Evening Courses
Personal Branding March 11-April 24 Mon/Wed 7-9:30 pm 3 CEUs $240
Effective Grammar & Conversation March 11-April 24 Mon/Wed 7-9:30 pm 3 CEUs $240
English through Popular American Books March 12-April 25 Tues/Thurs 7-9:30 pm 3 CEUs $240
Daytime Courses
Essential Grammar & Conversation March 11-April 4 M/T/W/Th 9-11:30 am 3 CEUs $240
ESL for Better English April 8-April 25 M/T/W/Th 9-11:30 am 3 CEUs $240
Weekend Courses
Raising Issues through American TV April 6 & 13 Saturday 9 am-3 pm 1.5 CEUs $120

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 Spring Break, March 25-30, in Spring II 2019.

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Course Descriptions

Personal Branding (30 hours)

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)

Essential Grammar & Conversation (30 hours)

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.

Effective Grammar & Conversation (30 hours)

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 For Better English (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)

English through Popular American Books (30 hours)

Here’s your chance to chat about a good book with friends! In this “book club” style course, you will explore one popular American book through reading, discussion, and writing. The reading selection provides an enjoyable learning experience to improve your reading skills, confidence in expressing your point of view, and greater cultural awareness. You will also develop critical thinking skills and strategies for reading for different purposes. (NOTE: Book selection subject to change each term)

Raising Issues through American TV (15 hours)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Please contact us at nonintensive@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 nonintensive@viu.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: 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 nonintensive@viu.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: Yes, following the last class, certificates of completion are issued to the students who successfully complete the course.

QI took another non-intensive class at VIU. 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 VIU, 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 VIU’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@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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