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USC Language Academy

INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGR AM

University of Southern California

live discover study experience Live in Los Angeles

Discover university life

Study English

Experience your future

www.usc.edu/langacad


Academy students say...

“Attending the USC Language Academy has been very helpful for my professional life. The Academy teaches us English in different fields from basic skills like grammar and writing, to business English, which is connected to my major. The Language Academy is a gate between my home city, Paris, and the City of Angels. I have discovered so many things. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to do it, and it will stay etched in my memory forever.” Marc Ferrari, France

“I enjoyed life at the USC Language Academy. When I went to America, I couldn’t speak English at all, but now I can communicate well with people from many different countries. My favorite experiences were the Academy activities because I was able to see many places around Los Angeles. I also enjoyed living in campus housing at USC. I made dinner with friends who lived next door, and my resident advisor planned activities where I had a chance to practice speaking English with other students.” Masami Seta, Japan

“I am thankful to all my teachers and the staff at the USC Language Academy who helped me achieve my goal of learning English. It will help me a lot because I plan to study international business. Also, I really enjoyed everything at the Academy, and I will never forget the great memories that USC gave me, such as meeting friends from many different countries, the places that I visited and, of course, my teachers.” Jose Alfredo Godinez, Mexico

“The USC Language Academy is the best place to learn English, not just in a classroom but in the surrounding environment. I’ve met a lot of new, good friends. My English language skills have improved a lot. I have a better TOEFL score after taking the TOEFL track preparation here. I would like to say thank you to the Language Academy teachers, faculty and staff for helping me get my best from their best. I love the USC Language Academy!” Nattaporn Pornpithayalert, Thailand

“My favorite part about the USC Language Academy is Oral Skills class. This class

provides a good environment for me to speak more and listen to others’ opinions. In

the future, I wish to enter USC’s graduate school and get my master’s degree, so I need a huge vocabulary and strong English skills. I have also met numerous friends from all over the world, and have learned many different cultures from them.” Cheng-Ta Yang, Taiwan


USC Language Academy

The USC Language Academy offers high-

Academic Success

quality, year-round English as a Second

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Language (ESL) instruction for academic and professional preparation, as well as practical English for everyday use.

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The Academy helps you rapidly improve your English skills through a rigorous

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program of study, campus involvement, and cultural and educational activities.

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Located on the beautiful USC campus in the heart of Los Angeles, the Language Academy allows you to enjoy full use of

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21 hours of instruction each week Seven levels of instruction: foundations ■ to advanced Curriculum designed to help you suc​ceed in the university classroom and in everyday life Rapid English improvement through everyday use Small, dynamic and fast-paced classes Highly qualified and dedicated faculty members Language labs to improve your conversation and comprehension skills

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campus facilities, as well as easy access to all that Southern California has to offer. ■■ ■■

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We welcome you to the USC Language Academy.

Friendships with Americans and international students from around ■ the world Sporting events, lectures, arts performances, film screenings and more USC community volunteer work Classes on the USC campus USC facilities, including: • 16 university libraries • Computer labs • A fitness center and swimming pool • Medical centers • Restaurants and cafes • Banking facilities Campus events and activities Trojan Family student and alumni ■ network On-campus housing (For housing information, see page 6.)

Director's Welcome “My name is Kate O’Connor, Director of the USC Language Academy, and I want to welcome you to our world-class intensive English program on the campus of the University of Southern California, the number one choice for international students. We are proud to be part of the Rossier School of Education at USC, ranked in the top 25 American universities. The Academy offers year-round instruction to prepare you for academic study in the U.S., with special attention to the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that you will need to succeed. Our experienced faculty and staff will help you learn English in a dynamic learning environment that will inspire and motivate you to become leaders in today’s global marketplace. Come join students from over 30 countries as you live and learn in Los Angeles, discover university life and experience your future!” 1


University of Southern California

Your university experience in Los Angeles and Southern California

Los Angeles was a small frontier town in 1880 when the University of Southern California (USC) first opened its doors to 53 students and 10 teachers. Today, it is a worldclass university – the oldest private research university in the Western United States. The University Park campus, located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Downtown Arts and Education Corridor, offers you easy access to explore countless cultural, political and business resources in metropolitan Los Angeles.

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USC has 35,000 students and over 3,200 full-time faculty members. USC is consistently recognized for strong academic departments and cutting-edge research. Trojan athletic teams regularly compete for top conference and national honors. USC partners with its surrounding community and the city of Los Angeles through various outreach programs. Academic degrees are offered by the USC College of Arts, Letters and Sciences; the Graduate School; and 17 professional schools. Over 450 different programs of study award more than 10,000 USC degrees annually.

A Global Leader

USC students come from all 50 states and more than 135 countries. USC is the top choice for students from around the world and has educated more international students over the years than any other U.S. university. ■■ Approximately 23% of USC’s student population is international. ■■ The USC Trojan Family has nearly 229,000 living alumni worldwide. ■■ Notable alumni include George Lucas, Neil Armstrong, Frank Gehry, Kang Young-Hoon, John Wayne, Sol Price and Warren Christopher.

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Explore Los Angeles

Often called the “City of Angels,” Los

The City

Angeles is the largest city in California.

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Along the Southern California coast,

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you can enjoy a vibrant lifestyle, year-round sunshine and diverse

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natural beauty. Los Angeles is best known as the capital of the arts and

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Second largest city in the United States Metropolitan population of approximately 10 million people One of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. Strong industry sectors: business and management; aerospace; international trade; technology; and tourism Notable city landmarks: the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Hollywood sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Santa Monica Pier

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The Climate

Los Angeles enjoys a comfortable climate with moderate temperatures and little rainfall. With its diverse surroundings, ■ LA is one of the few places where you can go surfing and skiing in the same day. ■■

266 days of sunshine per year

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Average summer highs: 29° C (84° F)

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Average summer lows: 17° C (63° F)

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Average winter highs: 20° C (68° F)

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Average winter lows: 9° C (49° F)

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5 minutes to Downtown Los Angeles

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10 minutes to Hollywood

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20 minutes to beaches, airport

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Intensive English Program

Instruction

The USC Language Academy will help ■ you develop: ■■ Academic English for university classrooms and course work ■■ Practical English for real-life situations Faculty

USC Language Academy offers you a full-service intensive English program. Total program fees include: ■■

Full-time instruction

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Textbooks and course materials

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Use of USC Student Health Center with USC staff clinicians

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Health insurance, tuberculosis screening and treatment

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Weekly activities at reduced or

The Academy employs experienced, fulltime instructors who are trained in English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching methods. In addition, the Language Academy staff is here to answer your questions; help you adjust to life at USC; and offer you support with immigration services, academic advising and campus housing.

Access to campus facilities: recreational, banking, medical, dining, computing and library

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Student services: academic

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14-week Fall and Spring semesters Two six-week summer sessions: A and B • You may choose one or both sessions. • Combined A and B sessions equal one semester of study. One full year of study is three semesters Each semester is one level.

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21 hours of instruction per week Average class size: 14 Topical electives and language labs enhance your learning

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Length

Start Day

End Day

Deadline for Early Payment Credit

14 weeks

January 20, 2010

April 30, 2010

December 11, 2009

May 18, 2010

June 25, 2010

April 30, 2010

June 29, 2010

August 6, 2010

June 25, 2010

14 weeks

September 7, 2010

December 10, 2010

August 6, 2010

14 weeks

account, orientation program

Term

and closing ceremony

2010

Airport shuttle van pick-up from

Spring Semester

LAX to USC

Summer Session A

6 weeks

Express mail of admission

Summer Session B

6 weeks

Fall Semester

documents

Length of Study

Term Dates and Deadlines

advising, USC ID card, email

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Interactive courses require you to practice English in many different settings. Courses focus on: ■■ Academic reading, writing and grammar ■■ Listening, speaking and pronunciation ■■ Special interest courses and optional study tracks

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Language Academy faculty: ■■ Hold either a master’s degree or Ph.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), linguistics or a related field ■■ Speak at least one additional language ■■ Have taught and/or lived abroad

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Courses

2011

January 19, 2011

April 29, 2011

December 10, 2010

Summer Session A

6 weeks

May 17, 2011

June 24, 2011

April 29, 2011

include the cost of housing, meals,

Summer Session B

6 weeks

June 28, 2011

August 5, 2011

June 24, 2011

MMR immunization, transportation

Fall Semester

14 weeks

September 7, 2011

December 9, 2011

August 5, 2011

or other living expenses.

2012

14 weeks

NOTE: Total program fees do not

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

January 18, 2012

April 27, 2012

December 9, 2011

Summer Session A

6 weeks

May 15, 2012

June 22, 2012

April 27, 2012

Summer Session B

6 weeks

June 26, 2012

August 3, 2012

June 22, 2012

14 weeks

September 11, 2012

December 14, 2012

August 3, 2012

14 weeks

Fall Semester 2013

Spring Semester

January 23, 2013

May 3, 2013

December 14, 2012

Summer Session A

6 weeks

May 21, 2013

June 28, 2013

May 3, 2013

Summer Session B

6 weeks

July 1, 2013

August 9, 2013

June 28, 2013

September 10, 2013

December 13, 2013

August 9, 2013

Fall Semester

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Academy Courses and Schedule

Academy course work is divided into seven levels of proficiency: foundations through advanced. Each level has three core courses: reading and writing; oral skills; and grammar. You may also choose elective classes to complement the core courses.

Topics and Tracks

Language laboratories are offered twice each week to augment your language ■

You may choose one elective course each term based on level and interest. Popular elective classes include: Pronunciation, Slang and Idioms, Business Communication, Life in Los Angeles, English through Film, Journalism, Spelling and Vocabulary, and iBT TOEFL prep.

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Core courses

Core courses develop the four basic language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an academic focus. Each level consists of one course in each of the following areas: ■■ Reading and writing: scholarly articles, American essay format and style, research skills ■■ Oral skills: conversation, public speaking, pronunciation, discussion leading ■■ Grammar: contextualized and applied grammatical structures, word forms

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2 High Beginning

Language Labs

Language labs are offered as a way to practice everyday English outside the formal classroom and to provide you with additional academic advising and support. Language lab choices include: conversation partners, GRE/GMAT preparation, USC admissions advising, writing and grammar tutorial, and hot topics.

NOTE: Successful completion of USC Language Academy courses does not guarantee admission to any degree program at the University of Southern California. All students must apply to university degree programs through the regular channels, including the USC Office of Admission and individual departments.

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Reading and Writing

Grammar

Reading and Writing

Grammar

Reading and Writing

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Oral Skills

Oral Skills

Grammar

Oral Skills

Oral Skills

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Lunch

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Lunch

Lunch

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Electives/Tracks

Language Labs

Electives/Tracks

Language Labs

Academy Events and Activities

4 Intermediate 3 Low Intermediate

Elective Courses

Sample Weekly Schedule

Class Level:

5 Low Advanced

USC Language Academy offers TOEFL Track for iBT test preparation, nine hours of study each week; Business Track offered in summer session B, nine hours each week.

1 Low Beginning Foundations

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USC Student Housing Parkside Apartments

Troy East Apartments

American university experience.

Fall and Spring Housing at Parkside

Summer Housing at Troy East

USC Language Academy offers

Apartments (PKS)

Apartments (TRE)

year-round campus housing options

Parkside studio apartments offer: ■■ Combined living/sleeping areas, bathrooms and kitchens ■■ One refrigerator, stove, internet ■ connection and telephone line per student ■ (TVs and telephones not included) ■■ An extra-long, twin-size bed; dresser; desk; sofa; table and chairs ■■ Academy-provided pillow, sheets and bath towel ■■ Shared community rooms, lounges and dining facilities with Parkside Suites ■■ Required partial meal plan – the “Apartment Plan” – approximately four meals per week included in the total housing cost

Troy East apartments two-bedroom units offer: ■■ Two students per bedroom; four per apartment ■■ Living room, dining area, bathroom and full kitchen ■■ One internet connection and phone line per student (TVs and telephones not included) ■■ Extra-long, twin-size beds; dressers; desks; sofa; table and chairs ■■ Academy-provided pillow, sheets and bath towel ■■ No meal plan required

Fall/Spring: Studio 2-person apartment

Summer: 2-bedroom/4-person apartment

Living in the USC residential facilities is a great way to complete your

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Apartment-style living

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How to Reserve Housing

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Language Academy application. Send $150 non-refundable housing processing fee.

The Academy will notify you via email/fax. You can choose to be placed on the waiting list or cancel your reservation. If the Academy is unable to provide you with housing space or you cancel your reservation because housing is full, the $150 housing processing fee can be refunded.

NOTE: We strongly recommend that you request housing at least THREE MONTHS BEFORE the program

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Academy will email/fax housing placement information and

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your housing reservation in writing with the Student Services Coordinator: ■■ BEFORE the housing cancellation deadline, you will only be charged the $150 non-refundable processing fee. ■■ AFTER the housing cancellation deadline but before move-in date, you will be charged a $500 cancellation fee. ■■ AFTER the move-in start date, you will be charged the full price of rent.

Check “YES” on item #5 of the

required forms after we receive your housing request and $150 processing fee. ■■

Submit Preliminary Housing Contract by stated deadline to confirm

Other Housing Options

If you choose to live off campus, private apartments are available near USC. For information about off-campus housing options, visit the “Homestays and Private Apartments” page on the Language Academy Web site.

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your reservation for housing space.

Third Step: S E C U R E ■■

Submit the Required Arrival Form with your flight information by the stated deadline to secure your housing space.

NOTE: Failure to submit the appropriate forms by the stated deadlines may result in your housing space being given to another student.

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Student Services

The Academy’s full-time staff is here to help you benefit from the Language Academy and USC. We offer many support services, including academic advising, assistance with campus housing, immigration advising, and weekly activities and events. Language learning happens both inside and outside the classroom, so our comprehensive intensive English program is designed to encourage learning in many settings and help you take full advantage of your time at USC.

Explore, Discover, Experience Advising

The Academy offers three types of student advising: academic, immigration and general. Academic Advisors help you reach your academic goals and can answer questions about: ■■ Academy classes ■■ USC departments ■■ Applying to any U.S. institution ■■ Submitting university/college applications The Immigration Advisor helps you with questions about: ■■ Visas, SEVIS, immigration documents ■■ Travel regulations ■■ Transfers and extensions The Student Services Coordinator is a resource for questions about: ■■ Housing ■■ Campus involvement – clubs, organizations, events ■■ Living in Los Angeles ■■ Adjusting to American life ■■ USC services – email, USCard, health facilities, fitness center

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Activities and Events

Participating in Academy activities is a great way to improve your English, meet friends, and experience life in Southern California and at the university. Our Student Services Coordinator and Resident Advisors provide weekly social, cultural and educational activities at a discount or no cost. ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Theme Parks Arts and Culture USC Campus Events Sports and Outdoor Activities Academy Events and Traditions


USC Language Academy Faculty and Staff

“Each semester I meet new students from all over the globe, wonderful human beings who bring a wide variety of different experiences, cultures and religions to our classrooms. This is what makes the Language Academy such a unique and fascinating place to be each day.” Ilana Melmed, USC Language Academy faculty “It is an honor to be among the distinguished faculty of the USC Language Academy. This is a truly unique environment with motivated, high-performing students and worldly, skilled professors. Study at the Language Academy prepares students for

careers, future education and success not only in America but across the globe.” Lindsey Pilgreen, USC Language Academy faculty

“I love the students: they are a motivated, energetic, diverse, fun-loving, funny,

involved, delightful group. I can have a class full of students from all over the globe, and they will work together and help each other. I am always learning new things from them.” Priscilla Taylor, USC Language Academy faculty

www.usc.edu/langacad University of Southern California Language Academy 950 W. Jefferson Blvd. JEF 200 Los Angeles, CA 90089-1292 Tel: 1.213.740.0080 Fax: 1.213.740.0088


“Being a student at the USC Language Academy is one of the best experiences of my academic life. Every minute I spent here has taught me something new. The USC Language Academy has a highly educated and glorious faculty, which made my experience more interesting and useful. This experience allowed me to use my English easily at the university level. And I won’t forget the Trojan spirit! Fight On!” Yousif Abubshait, Saudi Arabia

The USC Language Academy is a division of the USC Rossier School of Education.

www.usc.edu/langacad


USC Language Academy Guidebook