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Skill Development & Electives
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General Writing Program (E)*

Five levels focus on academic writing – the type of writing used in university courses.  After registering, you will take a short writing test (free of charge) and be placed at the best level for you.
Writing 1 and 2:  Writing good paragraphs
 • topic sentences
 • supporting sentences
 • punctuation
 • basic grammatical functions 

Writing 3:  Expanding to essays
 • paragraph organization and clarity
 • vocabulary and grammar
 • linking paragraphs with transitional devices

Writing 4:  Developing longer essays
 • thesis statements
 • detailed outlines
 • introductions and conclusions
Writing 5: Expanding essays, mastering editing
 • timed assignments
 • developing full independence as a writer

Graduates of Level 5 receive AUA’s Certificate of Writing Achievement.

Feedback focuses on writing multiple drafts, reviewing your work and your peers’ work, and developing self-editing skills for the content, organization and clarity of your message.
content, organization and clarity of your message.
Open to Level 7 and higher, free writing test required

Interactive Listening 1 & 2 (E)*

“True-to-life” activities in every class focus on clear listening skills and strategies:
 • find the main idea
 • listen for specific details
 • understand the speaker’s attitude 
Listen to speakers with international accents:
 • news reports
 • telephone conversations
 • public announcements
 • interviews, and more 
Useful vocabulary is also introduced through listening
and speaking activities.   

Open to Level 9 and higher


Master the “music” of English:
 • word and syllable stress
 • rhythm
 • intonation
Focus on small sounds and the differences between English and Asian languages:
 • past tense endings
 • plural endings
 • “L”, “R” and other letters
Begin with short sentences until you can say them easily.  Continue to longer role-plays.  Learn how to put more meaning and clarity into your expressions.  Pronunciation is open to learners in Level 9 and higher.

Reading & Speaking

This post-certificate course practices and expands your reading and speaking skills as we read and discuss a series of challenging readings exploring a theme. We analyze the language (vocabulary and grammar) structure and ideas in news articles, essays, short stories, journal articles, and more. Previous terms read: Slavery to democracy; Free speech matters; Our Universe - Homer to today; Evidence to reduce crimes; Moral motivation - eating meat and honesty; and Free will v. modern science.

Must have completed the AUA certificate course   

Advanced Conversation A-D

Learn informal language used by native speakers in
conversational English. Listening activities are real
conversations that offer clear examples of how vocabulary
and tonal expression can be used. Lots of speaking time
allows you to experiment and choose expressions that
work best for you. Topics include are technology, news,
brain power, giving instructions and telling a story. You can
begin in any part.

Open to Level 13 and higher.

*(E) Certificate program students can choose to study elective courses (E) in place of Levels 10, 11, 14, or 15. Elective courses are open to any student at Level 9 and higher.

All Special Courses are offered at AUA’s Cham Churi Square campus

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