English as a Second Language Program

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English as a Second Language Program

Are you ready to improve your English language skills? American Harbor College has just the right course level to ensure you to use English confidently and effectively. Our experienced instructors use a variety of high communicative teaching method to help students develop English language skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and overall comprehension. Our curriculum is specially designed for multiple skill levels, which include personalized, supportive, and engaging interactive classes that focus on authentic language use in academic, business and social environments. We are here to help you prepare for success in your future career or provide you guidance in academic studies at an American college or university. Our ESL program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to issue the I-20 for student visa applicants.

Our Mission

The mission of American Harbor College’s ESL program is to provide quality English language acquisition instruction, using relevant equipment, materials, and technology, in order for our students to obtain the necessary skills needed for (academic preparation) including Personal, Public, Occupational, and Educational situations. Through real-world thematic units, students will learn, be exposed to, and be evaluated on English Language Skills.


  • Students gain a foundation in language structure and become comfortable and confident in communicating with others in English
  • Provide a safe learning environment that fosters social, emotional, and cultural development
  • Instruct through thematic units that prepare students for real-world situations they will likely encounter
  • Improve and enhance each student’s cultural competence
  • Build off of and relate instruction to each student’s native language so that the student becomes multilingual
  • Provide a progressive language acquisition program that allows students to enter at their appropriate English language level and to continue to develop their English language skills

Courses we offer:

Beginning ESL (ESL 101 and 102)
This level is designed for students with limited or no English language skills. Students will learn basic grammar, vocabularies, and simple sentence structures. Students will develop their listening comprehension and speaking skills necessary for the beginning level and daily simple conversation skills.
Intermediate ESL (ESL 201 and 202)
This level emphasize on helping students develop greater fluency and oral communications including reading and writing skills. Students will learn proper pronunciation and language usage through interactive activities, group discussion, and oral presentations.
Advance ESL (ESL 301 and 302)
In this level students are given challenged reading materials to expand their comprehension ability, which helps students improve their language skills and develop their reading and writing skills. Students are prepared for academic studies and a wider range of educational opportunities.
Conversational English (ESL 501)
The educational objective of the Conversational English course is to improve the students speaking ability in English for everyday activities. Students will learn to express themselves and communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and a range of subjects. The course includes pronunciation, accent reduction, idioms, and colloquialisms.
English for the Business Profession (ESL 601 and 602)
The educational objective of the Business course is to familiarize learners with the patterns of business communications, train leaders to e more effective communicators in business environments. Learners will learn how to compose business correspondence, plan and give presentation, conduct negotiations, attend and lead meetings and communicate over the telephone.
English for the Medical Profession (ESL 701)
This course helps learner familiarize with the terms, syntax, and common language used in the medical field; train them to be more effective communicators in medical environment. Learners will learn how to compose professional e-mails and draft professional letters, communicate effectively under time and situational pressure and understand and use medical terminology with increasing ease and precision.

Test Preparation Program

TOEFL ibt Exam Preparation (ESL 401 and 402)
Our 16-week program will help you prepare and improve your TOEFL iBT score. The course will focus on test-taking strategies, note taking skills, critical thinking, and building one’s skills in the four areas tested: Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading. This class is useful for students who need a TOEFL score to apply for a university or graduate school program, and the medical field.
Private Tutor / Workshop
Private lessons (hour) are available for students who need additional assistant in a specific area where an instructor will design lesson plans to help you meet your learning needs and goals.
  • Accent Reduction (Hour / week)
  • Writing Skills
  • Test-taking strategies

For International Students


SEVIS Information

Insurance Info

ESL Courses
In order to meet the different needs and purposes of international students with different levels of English skills, we are offering various courses to help you with your English language success, such as intensive English courses, small class sizes, and private tutoring courses.

Language School / College / University Application
We always encourage our students to achieve their English language proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, and etc., and realize their dreams of getting higher education. Our qualified experienced team will assist you to successfully enroll in the higher education institutions.

Graduate School Application
We have successfully assisted students to get enrolled in graduate schools in various prestigious universities, such as UC Berkley, USC, Pepperdine University, and etc. We value every student who seeks to use our service and make our every effort to help you obtain a competitive scholarship.

Change of Status
We welcome international students with a valid F-1 visa to come and study in our school. Meanwhile, we also offer the opportunity for the foreigners with other non-immigrant visas (such as B1/B2, F-2) to change their status and become full-time students in our school.

Private tutor service
Based on our experienced instructors, comfortable learning environment, and flexible course schedules, students can enjoy learning and improving their English level in a short period of time. If you want to pass your TOEFL, IELTS, SAT exams with a high score, or to fluently communicate in English as a native speaker, our personalized private tutor courses will definitely help you reach your goal.

Personal services
You should never be afraid of moving to a new place. Our college will offer you various services to help you settle down, such as housing, LAX picking up, and so on.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency for the Department of Justice that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS governs the laws and regulations in which affect individuals of different visa classifications. The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or other academic institution or in a language training program. Please follow these guidelines so that you will comply with USCIS regulations:

  • International students that are attending American Harbor College under a student visa must consult with the International Student Advisor at AHC regarding school policies to determine how these policies may impact their status.
  • Student must fulfill minimum attendance and academic requirements, probation, termination, leave of absence, extensions and change of address. Certain circumstances may have a negative impact on your status as a student and could result in termination of your visa.
  • Student must have a permanent home address outside of the United States. That address must be on file with the school granting your I-20.
  • Student must be able to support yourself without working illegally during your entire stay in the United States.
  • Student should make photocopies of: Passport and I-20. Keep the photocopies of these documents in a safe place. If original documents get lost or stolen, having copies will make the replacement process less complicated.
  • Student must first consult with the International Student Representative at AHC DSO at least 2 weeks before traveling. The AHC DSO will check student’s document and sign I-20 so that he or she will not encounter any difficulties re-entering the United States. International students from certain countries may need to obtain special “visitor visas” to enter Canada.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check the I-20 form and not let their I-20 expire. If you need an extension on the I-20, you should contact us in a timely manner before the expiration date.