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TOEFL Preparation Class
‌TOEFL Preparation is an academic-level English class that provides students with the strategies they need to maximize scoring on the TOEFL test. With an emphasis on rhetorical proficiency, students will become test-ready by doing in-class tests specific to the four test sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. At the end of the course, students will receive an unofficial TOEFL score. Course runs Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm-9:30pm. The course runs for 16 weeks, with start dates in August and January. The 16 week session includes 72 hours of instruction per class.

Professor Richard Bruce Stirling is a TOEFL author with five TOEFL books in print. He has taught EFL and ESP at the University of Connecticut, and Composition at Southern Connecticut State University and at the University of New Haven. His latest TOEFL book, Pre-TOEFL, Getting Ready for TOEFL! will be published in fall of 2017.

Effective Communication Strategies
‌This course is designed to help the non-native English speaker strengthen their written, spoken, and general interpersonal English communication skills. An emphasis will be placed on how these skills are used in everyday academic, business, and social settings in the United States. In addition to building upon their own individual skills in these areas, students will examine and assess examples of effective communication (both written and oral) in the media and society. Course runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:15pm-9:30pm. The course runs for 16 weeks, with start dates in August and January. The 16 week session includes 72 hours of instruction per class.

Jon DeBenedictis has been an instructor for Sacred Heart’s English Language Institute since 2015.  A two time alumnus of Sacred Heart, he serves as an admissions recruiter for the Office of Part-Time Undergraduate Admissions.  Jon’s articles on trends in higher education for international students have been published in multiple languages in such publications as La Tribuna CTand The Haitian Voice of Connecticut. 

Reading and Writing
It is a blended –learning course designed to introduce beginning and low-intermediate non-native English speakers to the fundamentals of the reading and writing process. The students will be engaged in motivating discussions of contemporary topics and will learn the basic structure of academic writing. Course runs Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm-9:30pm. The course runs for 16 weeks, with start dates in August and January. The 16 week session includes 72 hours of instruction per class.