[Physci_undergrad] FW: Registration for the English Conversation Program now open!

Gergel, Inna gergel at physci.ucla.edu
Mon Jan 9 11:36:24 PST 2006



Registration for the highly-anticipated English Conversation Program (ECP)
offered by the Dashew International Center at UCLA is now OPEN. 

If you are interested in joining this program, please register online at: 
www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu 

Visiting scholars, faculty, and dependents of international students are
encouraged to enroll. Sign up TODAY because classes will fill up fast! 

For more information, please read below and visit our website. If after
reviewing it you still have questions about the program, please do NOT reply
to this e-mail. Instead, please e-mail us at ralorro at saonet.ucla.edu. 

Classes begin Tuesday, January 17th. 

For more information about the program, please read the details below.  
  
Marcelo Mitnik             	Reyna Alorro            
Director of Programs     	Program Coordinator     
 
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WHAT IS THE ENGLISH CONVERSATION PROGRAM (ECP)? 
The English Conversation Program is an 8-week series of group sessions
designed to improve English conversation skills of non-native speakers of
English.  UCLA international students and scholars, as well as their
dependents, may register for the program.  Other benefits of ECP include
meeting people from other countries and sharing global Perspectives on world
events and cultures.

HOW DOES THE ENGLISH CONVERSATION PROGRAM WORK? 
ECP offers small discussion groups of approximately 8 students per class
(with the exception of the "Advanced class" which will consist of up to 25
students) that allow for academic learning and personal attention.
Discussion groups are led by experienced teachers or ESL-trained
volunteers.  

Classes are held once a week, for two-hour sessions.  

There are three levels of classes being offered.  Students are encouraged to
attend the first class of the level which they feel best suits them.  If
after the first session, the student feels the class is too difficult or too
easy, they may switch to the other level by the end of the first week of
classes.  Here are the basic descriptions of each level:

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL:  This class is for individuals who are already at a
functional level of English and want to practice their conversational skills
through in-depth discussions about social, cultural and international
issues. Classes will be small in order to give every student as much
practice as possible.

HIGH LEVEL:  This class is for individuals who are already at an Advanced
level of English and want to further develop their conversational skills
through in-depth discussions of current events and social issues. Small
group discussions will be based on readings in magazine articles.

DISCUSSION GROUPS: 
The Dashew International Center also offers informal discussion groups.
Discussion groups give students the opportunity to practice their speaking
skills by reading authentic language materials and participating in
discussions of contemporary cultural and social issues. Students will also
have the opportunity to discuss American culture, institutions and
traditions.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? 
Through ECP discussion groups, participants will build fluency in their
English conversation skills, turning "passive knowledge" of the English
language (reading and listening skills) to "active knowledge," i.e. being
able to use the English language they have learned and to hold comfortable
conversations in English.  The Dashew International Center provides the most
affordable English Conversation Program available to the community and
provides participants with many resources to facilitate the learning process
and make ECP both a successful and enjoyable experience.

CAN I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE CLASS PER WEEK? 
Yes.  We encourage you to enroll in as many ECP classes as you wish. The
more classes you attend, the faster you will gain results in improving your
English conversation skills.  Each ECP instructor's teaching style is
different.  Taking multiple classes and interacting with different
instructors and students will enhance your learning experience and improve
your English skills significantly faster.  
 
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST? 

ECP Registration Fee is as follows:


Terms and Conditions :

PURPOSE OF THE ENGLISH CONVERSATION PROGRAM
The main purpose of the English Conversation Program is to build fluency in
speaking English, to turn "passive knowledge" of the English language to
"active knowledge." This means that if you are able to read and listen in
English, then the English Conversation Program will help you use these
skills to hold comfortable conversations in English.

SESSION DURATION
Classes begin Week 2 of each quarter. Class sessions are held once a week
for two hours.

Students are encouraged to enroll in as many ECP classes as they wish. The
more classes you attend, the faster your English conversation skills will
improve. Each ECP instructor's style is different. Taking multiple classes
and interacting with different instructors and students will enhance your
learning experience and your English skills will improve significantly
faster.

INSTRUCTORS
ECP classes are led by experienced teachers or ESL-trained volunteers who
have a sincere interest in meeting and working with international students.

CURRICULUM
Students will receive a class reader and weekly periodical.

ENROLLMENT
There is a maximum of TEN participants to be enrolled in each section. If
enrollment for a particular section reaches ten participants, two
registrants will be put on a Wait List for the section. Once the Wait List
is full, no one else will be able to register for the section.

If you are placed on the Wait List, you may attend the first class. Should
space become available after the first week of classes (i.e. if someone
drops from the class), you will be allowed to register for the class. You
will not have to pay the Registration Fee or Materials Fee for the class
until your registration is confirmed by the Dashew International Center.

FEES FOR ECP CLASSES ECP
Registration Fee is as follows:

A) UCLA STUDENTS:
Classes: FREE. Materials: ALL new ECP participants are required to purchase
a student manual and/or periodical during the first week of classes. The
cost will be $13 for the Intermediate Level and $18 for the High Level.
These fees will be due by the first day of class. Please come to 106 Tom
Bradley International Hall to submit payment. Payments are taken by cash or
a check made to "UC Regents."


B) VISITING SCHOLARS, FACULTY, DEPENDENTS, AND EXTENSION STUDENTS:

Classes: $25 per section + $25 deposit. Materials: ALL new ECP participants
are required to purchase a student manual and/or periodical during the first
week of classes. The cost will be $13 for the Intermediate Level and $18 for
the High Level. These fees will be due by the first day of class. Please
come to 106 Tom Bradley International Hall to submit payment. Class and
Materials payments are taken by cash or a check made to "UC Regents."

The Materials Fee is non-refundable.

Note: If you only choose to enroll in a Discussion Group, there are no
materials to be purchased.
 
 
HOW CAN I APPLY? 
To enroll in ECP, please complete the online registration form at:

Please go to: English Programs / Conversation Program / Registration 
and follow the instructions.




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