LASC’s Rowland Heights campus is conveniently situated in southeast San Gabriel valley. Students who decide to live and study in the area will enjoy a lower cost of living and ease of transportation.
English as a Second Language
Our Core ESL program is comprised of six levels and based on a six-point scale from A1 for beginners, up to C1 for advanced learners in accordance to International Standards of English Proficiency. There is no minimum proficiency requirement to enter our program. Each main level course is 12 weeks long and the entire program can be completed in 1.5 years. Students take one core course, along with two elective courses in order to provide in depth practice on certain skills. The English as a Second Language program aims to endow students with the fundamental skills necessary to become competent English speakers. Upon completing our program, students will have the linguistic capabilities necessary to succeed at the collegiate level, pursue professional opportunities, and actively participate in American society.
English for Academic Purpose
Designed specifically for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees, the EAP program prepares students to succeed at the Collegiate or University level. Upon completion of the program, students will have attained the essential language skills, independent learning habits, and academic culture necessary for integration into U.S. institutions of higher learning. Our courses help to develop students’ note-taking, discussion, rhetoric, debate, presentation, and research skills within an academic context. By the end of this program, students will have also improved their ability to read and understand the content of written texts in academic English. Students will have gained greater reading fluency and accuracy; a deeper understanding of the content of reading passages; learned strategies for improving comprehension; and developed strategies for independent reading outside of the classroom. Students will be able to construct coherent, well organized responses to a variety of topics and prompts. The EAP curriculum features lectures and dialogues that are broken down into manageable parts, giving students an opportunity to predict, identify main ideas, and effectively manage lengthy input. Guided discussion activities, structured pair and group work stimulate interest and interaction among students. Students will learn how to organize their information and ideas in a graphic organizer, writing, and/or making a presentation to the class.
Our Business English program is a one-year multi-level program which uses a research-based curriculum for upper-intermediate to advanced students. The aim of the program is to develop and enhance students’ abilities to communicate in commercial and cross-cultural communication settings involving business. It is designed for students with aspirations to become business professionals and entrepreneurs and for those who wish to continue their studies in undergraduate or graduate business programs. The Business English program at our school comprises eight courses which collectively focus on giving students a broad understanding of the business world today while simultaneously guiding their English language development. Each course hones in on specific topics related to business as well as language skills or functions that are vital to those business topics. Furthermore, the curriculum focuses on the acquisition of the most commonly used English words, expressions, and grammatical structures as they pertain to the business topic of the course.
Our TOEFL Preparation program is designed for students who need to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission into undergraduate, graduate, or post graduate programs. Our intensive TOEFL preparation course is structured around the TOEFL exam test itself. The course begins with a demo test, which the students and instructor use as a benchmark to highlight students’ strengths and weaknesses. Our Instructors will review the test in detail with students to discover the students’ main areas of understanding and lack thereof. Next, the instructor will establish a routine for delivering and analyzing information from lectures, interviews, conversations, academic articles, the latest news, and other sources so that students will build skills using authentic materials. The course is further reinforced with intensive grammar, vocabulary, and test-taking skill development exercises from a TOEFL textbook. Students will focus on each section of the test—reading, listening, speaking, and writing—on a rotating basis, and students will take half of a real TOEFL exam each week. In total, students will take at least six authentic TOEFL tests during the quarter, gaining the experience they need to be confident and effective test takers on their actual test day.
Our IELTS Preparation program is designed for students who need to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission into undergraduate, graduate, or post graduate programs. Our intensive IELTS exam preparation course program is structured around the IELTS exam test itself. The course begins with a demo test, which the students and instructor use as a benchmark to highlight students’ strengths and weaknesses. The instructor will review the test in detail with students to discover the students’ main areas of understanding and lack thereof. Next, the instructor will establish a routine for delivering and analyzing information from lectures, interviews, conversations, academic articles, the latest news, and other sources so that students will build skills using authentic materials. The course is further reinforced with intensive grammar, vocabulary, and test-taking skill development exercises from a IELTS textbook. In addition, students will learn essential test-taking techniques relative to strategy, time management, and decision making.
Our students enter our school in a number of different ways. The most common type of student is the F1 student. Almost all students will need to acqiure an I-20 document. Check the type of student you are below to figure out what you need in order to apply!