Courses are combined skills: Listening and Speaking / Reading and Writing
Classes meet two hours each day, Monday through Friday.
Each term is seven weeks long, and there are six terms per year.
The ACCESS Course Structure
Level 1 – Basic proficiency in English--learning to write sentences, read simple prose, tell stories, listen and respond/listen and act.
Level 2 – Low Intermediate proficiency--learning to write paragraphs, give personal presentations, read longer, simplified texts, engage in discussions, follow dialogues and narratives, take notes.
Level 3 – Write sophisticated paragraphs and essays, read more extensive essays and process at the global level, begin simple debates, argumentation and discussion, give informative presentations, grasp low-level authentic lectures and take notes.
Level 4 – Write academic essays addressing and issue, develop critical reading skills with sustained readings, make short, basic academic presentations, grasp higher-level semi-authentic lectures.
Level 5 – Write a well-organized, well-supported multi-paragraph essay, read and discuss current news, develop skills with authentic academic texts, make fluent academic presentations, discuss lecture content in detail, comprehend semi-authentic academic lectures and take effective notes.
Level 6 – Write a competent college level essay, negotiate academic texts, give sustained, college-level presentations, engage in group work and discussion, grasp and take effective notes on authentic Ashland University lecture.