Academic English

The Academic English Program provides intensive language training from beginner to advanced levels. As well as improving written and spoken English, the program teaches the development of academic skills that will prepare students for undergraduate or postgraduate study in a U.S. university.

  • Teaches English needed for success in an American college or university
  • Provides an innovative project and content based curriculum
  • Offers 6 levels
  • Runs 3 semesters per year (Fall, Spring and Summer)
  • 18 - 20 hours of per weeks of instruction
  • 3 additional hours available for learning within student interest groups
  • More information, prices, and an application can be found here: Academic English

Our Curriculum

The Academic English curriculum focuses both on language skills and a content-based, integrated-skills curriculum. We have found this approach to be an effective way to learn English and improve your academic skills.

Our Courses

Students take a combination of three core classes (Academic Interactions, Academic Preparation, and Grammar) and one elective course. The Academic Interactions course focuses on academic speaking and listening, while Academic Preparations focuses on academic reading and writing.

Our Schedule

Full-time students in the Academic English program take 18 - 20 hours of instruction, either in the morning or afternoon depending on the level.

Academic English Curriculum

Integrated Skills

Many of our courses integrate the five language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Examples of classes that address these skills include Academic Interactions (listening/speaking), Academic Preparation (reading/writing), Grammar and Pronunciation. Even though these classes focus on specific skills, you will still use and develop all five language skills in class activities. For example, you will read and write in your Grammar class; you will read, speak, and practice grammar in your Academic Preparation class.

Content Based

Our curriculum is content based. Our students learn English through interesting content, with topics ranging from business, academics and culture. Academic Preparation, Academic Interactions, and Academic Vocabulary classes cover a range of academic topics in one semester. These topics include: Anthropology, Science, Sociology, Psychology, History, Art, and many others. In these content-based classes, you will continue to use all of the language skills as you learn about the subject, or content, of the class.

Academic English Courses

Full-time students take four classes: Academic Interactions, Academic Preparation, Grammar and one elective course. We also offer students free tutoring, conversation partners, and activities. A full-time student has 18 - 20 hours of instruction. 

Our courses help students develop academic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar.

  • Academic Interactions (4.5 hours/week): improves academic listening, speaking, and research skills. Students develop content and vocabulary knowledge through lecture listening, class discussions, presentations, and special projects involving research.
  • Academic Preparation (4.5 hours/week): helps students develop reading, writing and research skills for university study. The focus is on expanding academic vocabulary; writing in various academic genres using formal English; developing active reading strategies and critical reading skills, and incorporating research into writing.
  • Grammar (4.5 hours/week): focuses on producing grammatical forms for effective oral and written communication. Specific forms are targeted at each level and grammar is analyzed in authentic contexts.
  • Electives (4.5 hours/week): allow students to learn more about a topic or language skill of their choice. Electives include courses such as TOEFL iBT, GRE/GMAT, Pronunciation & Drama, Advanced Vocabulary, American Culture, Business Topics, Current Events, and American Movies.

Student Engagement

In addition to our courses, students can attend various events and be part of the USF community. All events are posted on the website and linked to the INTO USF Events Calendar. 

Academic English Schedule

Full-time students at INTO USF attend 18 - 20 hours a week for 14 weeks (13 weeks in the summer). Classes meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, in morning and afternoon sessions, depending on the level.

There are six levels of instruction with Academic English at INTO USF. Each level is often divided into several sections: for example, students in Level 2 may be designated as 2A, 2B, 2C, and so forth. The sections (A, B, C) have the same level of ability with a mixture of students based on nationality and gender.

A sample full-time schedule for a level three is shown below. Students will find out their teachers and classrooms when they receive a student schedule on the Friday before classes begin.





12:30PM - 1:45PM 12:30PM - 1:45PM  12:30PM - 1:45PM  12:30PM - 1:45PM
Academic Interaction 3 Academic Interaction 3  Academic Interaction 3  Academic Preparation 3
  12:30PM - 1:30PM    12:30PM - 1:30PM
  Interest Groups    Interest Groups
2:00PM - 3:15PM 2:00PM - 3:15PM  2:00PM - 3:15PM  2:00PM - 3:15PM
Academic Preparation 3 Academic Preparation 3  Idioms & Slang 3 (Elective)  Idioms & Slang 3 (Elective)
3:30PM - 4:45PM 3:30PM - 4:45PM   3:30PM - 4:45PM  3:30PM - 4:45PM
Idioms and Slang 3 (Elective) Grammar 3  Grammar 3  Grammar 3
  4:45PM - 6:00PM    4:45PM - 6:00PM
  Interest Groups    Interest Groups