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American English Language Classes
 

The American Center English Language Program only registers students in the weeks prior to each term. New students must register and take an English skills placement test. The AC offers four terms per year, each ten weeks in length. Terms usually start in late January, early May, late July, and early October.  Please look for our brochure at the American Center to learn when to register for our next term. Also, we encourage you to periodically stop by the Baldwin Library to learn about special upcoming events.

Core Classes:  Core classes meet Monday-Friday, 100 minutes per day. The class schedule varies. Classes begin every day at 8:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

  • English Level 1 (Beginner) – Designed for beginning students of English who are interested in improving their general English speaking and writing skills.
  • English Level 2 (High Beginner) – Designed to improve students’ proficiency in all four skill areas: speaking, listening, writing and reading.
  • English Level 3 (Low Intermediate) – Expands on key grammar forms introduced in the beginner courses. Students also begin to focus on improving pronunciation and formal writing skills.
  • English Level 4 (Intermediate) – Students use all four skill areas to discuss many topics, including cultural expectations, problems and solutions, and opinions.
  • English Level 5 (High Intermediate) – This class focuses on academic English preparation, with an emphasis on essay writing.
  • English Level 6 (Advanced) – Advanced students are challenged with a variety of English language activities that greatly improve critical thinking skills and preparation for higher learning in English.

 

Elective Courses

Elective classes are an integral part of the English language program at the American Center. Elective courses are specifically designed to improve English for academic and professional purposes through content-based instruction. The electives are modeled on a liberal arts curriculum to enable students to expand their knowledge on specific academic disciplines.

Course Duration: The term session is 10 weeks.

Attendance Requirements: Class time is a valuable part of student’s learning at the American Center and we therefore require attendance for all classes. For the elective courses, you can NOT receive a certificate if you miss more than 4 classes.

 

Public Speaking

Level 4+ (Intermediate)

Public Speaking introduces students to techniques for organizing effective presentations through a variety of engaging activities. Students will gain confidence and strengthen skills for speaking in English. Class activities will include; personal and fictional story telling, developing informative and persuasive presentations, and creating slide presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

Burma in Perspective

Level 5+ (Intermediate)

In this round-table seminar, students will participate in Burma’s history by critically reading original historical documents, participating in lively discussions, and filming documentaries to leave their own mark on history. The course will focus on themes in Burmese history and we will look carefully at the connections between present and past—and how both are shaping Burma’s future. Students will conduct independent research for a final academic paper with citations. Highly motivated students preparing for study abroad, university students, and university graduates are all encouraged to join.

 

News, Media and Civil Society

Level 5+ (Intermediate)

Informed citizens are critical for creating a democratic society. This course will give you the skills to analyze and evaluate the mass amounts of information we receive on a daily basis. We will examine strategies to be smart news consumers, while discussing events and issues that are currently happening in Myanmar and the world. We will also explore the potential harmful effects of print and online media, bias, and propaganda. This course is perfect for anyone interested in journalism, international relations, politics, civil society, or those who want to increase their knowledge about the world around them.

 

Business English

Level 5+ (Intermediate)

Business English is suitable for those who intend to use English at work as well as those who wish to expand their knowledge of business. The course concentrates on exploring local and international business issues though the medium of English. Class activities include role plays, simulations, email writing, CV writing and presentations which are all designed to develop fluency, listening, reading and writing skills.

 

Course Duration: The term session is 10 weeks.
Attendance Requirements: Class time is a valuable part of student’s learning at the American Center and we therefore
require attendance for all classes. For the elective courses, you can NOT receive a certificate if you miss more than 4 classes.
Public Speaking
Time: Mon/Wed, 1:00pm – 2:40pm
Cost: 160,000 kyats
Level 4+ (Intermediate)
Public Speaking introduces students to techniques for organizing effective presentations through a variety of engaging activities.
Students will gain confidence and strengthen skills for speaking in English. Class activities will include; personal and fictional
story telling, developing informative and persuasive presentations, and creating slide presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Burma in Perspective
Time: Mon/Wed, 5:00pm – 6:40pm
Cost: 160,000 kyats
Level 5+ (Intermediate)
In this round-table seminar, students will participate in Burma’s history by critically reading original historical documents,
participating in lively discussions, and filming documentaries to leave their own mark on history. The course will focus on
themes in Burmese history and we will look carefully at the connections between present and past—and how both are shaping
Burma’s future. Students will conduct independent research for a final academic paper with citations. Highly motivated students
preparing for study abroad, university students, and university graduates are all encouraged to join.
News, Media and Civil Society
Time: Tues/Thurs, 3:00pm – 4:40pm
Cost: 160,000 kyats
Level 5+ (Intermediate)
Informed citizens are critical for creating a democratic society. This course will give you the skills to analyze and evaluate the
mass amounts of information we receive on a daily basis. We will examine strategies to be smart news consumers, while
discussing events and issues that are currently happening in Myanmar and the world. We will also explore the potential harmful
effects of print and online media, bias, and propaganda. This course is perfect for anyone interested in journalism, international
relations, politics, civil society, or those who want to increase their knowledge about the world around them.
Business English
Time: Tues/Thurs, 1:00pm – 2:40pm
Cost: 160,000 kyats
Level 5+ (Intermediate)
Business English is suitable for those who intend to use English at work as well as those who wish to expand their knowledge
of business. The course concentrates on exploring local and international business issues though the medium of English. Class
activities include role plays, simulations, email writing, CV writing and presentations which are all designed to develop fluency,
listening, reading and writing skills.