Online Courses

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You can be an App State Mountaineer from your own home!  AppELS Institute now offers online learning to help you take the next step in your work or study career. 

 

COURSES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

Improve communication skills for work and study by learning from App State professors and speaking live with App State students.

COURSES FOR USA UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS 

Get 1x1 assistance preparing university application materials to be ready to study in the USA soon!

COURSES FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Enhance professional teaching skills under the guidance of App State professors targeting relevant topics for secondary school classroom teachers.

COURSES FOR INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY

Engage in learning about cultural identity, values, awareness and communication to be equipped for successful intercultural travel, work, and study.


Find more information below on each of these courses.


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More Information

All courses are offered in 4-week modules and new courses begin each month. For information about specific course dates, please see the course descriptions.


February 8 - March 5, 2021

March 8 - April 2, 2021

April 5 - April 30, 2021

Please send us your questions!  Email us at:  AppELS@appstate.edu

There is no application fee.

The cost of AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online is $200 per 4-week course. This includes course access via the learning management system, four weeks of instruction, 5 hours weekly of coursework, and access to additional resources provided by AppELS Institute.

 

We are running a *SPECIAL* price during Spring 2021 for Buy One, Get One Free.  You can:

--pay for one course and get your next course free!

--register for a course with a friend and only pay for one person!

Please email AppELS@AppState.edu to take advantage of this offer.

Course Descriptions

Master Your Pronunciation

Clear pronunciation in a second language is a life-long process, but this course will help you start by looking at the sounds that comprise the English language. By focusing on individual sounds, you can improve your listening ability and your speaking comprehension. Students will have guided practice on their own and during live sessions.

Course available:  February 8-March 5.


Idioms and Conversation

Do you want to speak like an American? Everyday English among friends is very different from academic-style English!  Learn about idioms and slang in this fun course and practice speaking with App State students. This course includes recorded lessons, example conversations, and weekly live meetings with App State students for conversation practice.

Course available:  March 8 - April 2


Exploring Social Issues in the US and Around the World

In this course, students will develop their English language skills while exploring challenging social issues in the U.S. and around the world. Topics will include racism, social justice (including the recent BLM protests), and global issues of human rights. Using discussion, research, projects, and presentations, this course will challenge students to engage deeply with important issues facing our world today. This is an integrated skills course with practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course available:  April 5-30.

ACT / SAT Test Prep for International Students

This course provides students with strategies applicable to both the ACT and SAT. The course includes videos covering lessons and strategies for all sections of both exams. Students will take timed, synchronous practice tests that simulate the experience of taking each section of the ACT and SAT. Students will receive individual feedback that will enable them to focus their studies and improve scores.


The Common Application for International Students

This interactive course will guide students through all elements of the Common Application. Through video tutorials, weekly assignments, and hands-on guidance from experienced instructors, students can tackle the application in an organized, thorough manner. At the end of the course, students will have completed the following Common App Sections: Profile, Family, Education, Testing, Activities, Testing and Grades, Colleges, Supplemental Answers.


Writing the College Essay for International Students

In this course, students will be guided through the completion of their college application essay. Students can ensure that their essays are well organized, persuasive, and thoroughly edited to be free of grammatical and stylistic errors. The course includes tutorials on each of the seven essay topics on the Common Application as well as the new Covid-19 essay prompt. Students will complete brainstorming activities and submit drafts of essays for personalized feedback. At the end of this course, students will have one ready-to-submit college application essay.


IELTS Prep

This course is for students preparing to take the IELTS academic exam. Students will learn more about the structure and scoring of the exam, leading to specific strategies for high achievement in each section. Through student practice and instructor feedback, students will end the course with an individualized plan for successful completion of their target score. 

 

Speaking for IELTS

This course will target effective skills for the speaking section of the IELTS exam. Students will learn more about the speaking test’s focus and purpose, the question forms, and the scoring system through recorded lectures and example interviews. Most importantly, students will engage in weekly live practice for the IELTS exam and receive feedback from the instructor.

 

Writing for IELTS

This course will target effective skills for the writing section of the IELTS exam. Students will improve their exam writing skills through intensive writing, editing, and instructor feedback. The topics of this course include analyzing the question type, developing organization, style and purpose, increasing sentence structure and vocabulary levels, and managing exam time.

English for Telecollaboration

Do you need a confidence refresher in your English language skills?  Do you wish to engage in higher levels of English discourse with native speakers?  In this course, international teachers will be paired with a language partner from Appalachian State University for weekly live discussion on a current education topic. This course is designed for educators whose primary classroom language is English at any level or subject. Please note that the cost of this course is $300.

 

Cultural Agility: A Comparative Approach

This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop cultural agility, which is defined as the ability to work between and within various cultural contexts. This course will challenge students to analyze and explore various theories of culture alongside several cultural identifiers. Course content will be comprised of lectures, readings, research, and projects to allow students to develop an understanding of lessons learned in a broader context. 

Course available:  February 8 - March 5.

 

Exploring Language and Culture Through American Film

This course builds off the lessons learned in Cultural Agility: A Comparative Approach. Using American film as a backdrop, we will explore various facets of the English language and American culture. This course will challenge students to think more deeply about language and culture, while enjoying some great American films. Course content will be comprised of independent film viewings, group film screenings for interactive discussions, and journal entries to catalogue what you learned through your experience with the films. 

Course available:  March 8 - April 2

 

Exploring Language and Culture Through The American Short Story

This course builds off the lessons learned in Cultural Agility: A Comparative Approach. Using the American short story as a backdrop, we will explore various facets of the English language and American culture. This course will challenge students to think more deeply about language and culture, while enjoying some great (and lesser known!) pieces of literature. Course content will be comprised of literary salons, in which we as intellectuals gather to discuss great works of literature, as well as independent reading time and journal entries to catalogue what you learned through your experience with the literature. 

Course available:  April 5 - 30

 

FAQ

We understand that many students wish to pursue further study in the US but cannot travel right now due to personal responsibilities and current events. We also have many scholar alumni who want to continue to connect to Appalachian State University. If you want to study English, prepare to apply to university in the US, or participate in training for your future career, LEVEL UP courses are designed for you!

No, you do not need to take an English proficiency test in order to register for AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online courses. We recommend that your English be at an Intermediate level or higher in order to benefit from these courses.

In order to register for an AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online course, all you need to do is submit an application and pay for the course here.

AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online courses engage students in 5 hours of classwork per week, for a total of 20 classwork hours. There are some exceptions: English for Telecollaboration (2.5 hours per week), ACT/SAT Prep (10 hours per week) and The Common Application (3 hours per week).

Courses will be led by instructors choosing to use live meetings, guided self-study, and group projects. In order to allow for the best meeting times for all participants, live meetings will be scheduled after the student registration period. You will have multiple opportunities to interact with your instructor and classmates.

AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online course instructors are Appalachian State University professors who have many years of experience working with international students and are kind, welcoming, and excited to meet you.

Yes! You will have many opportunities to interact with your instructor online via live classes, email, and discussion forums.

AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online courses do not have tests, quizzes, or grades. Students are expected to participate fully in discussions, projects, and guided self-study materials. Upon successful completion of the course materials, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement from AppELS Institute at Appalachian State University.

Students should have adequate access to the internet and technology. Instructors may use a variety of online learning platforms that may not work with a smartphone, so you should plan to take classes from a computer. All AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online courses will be offered through App State’s learning management system (AsULearn) and Zoom.

After registration and payment is complete, students will receive an email detailing how to access the course.

The cost of an AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online course is $ 200 each. There is no application fee.

If you decide to stop attending an AppELS Institute LEVEL UP online course, you must email AppELS@appstate.edu to inform us of your decision to withdraw from the class. The deadline to withdraw and receive a full refund is 48 hours after the date the course begins. No refunds will be provided after that date. Exact withdrawal deadlines for each course are listed on the registration page. 

Yes! You can register for as many courses as you wish.

In order to register and pay, please visit this website.  REGISTRATION SITE COMING SOON

Students who wish to transfer to a degree program at Appalachian State University will need to submit an English language proficiency test score as part of the admissions process. The minimum score requirements for undergraduate students are: TOEFL ibt - 78, IELTS - 6.0, or Duolingo English Test - 100. Students who fall below these levels can transfer to the AppELS Institute for courses on the campus of Appalachian State University. Successful completion of the highest level of in-person AppELS Institute courses will satisfy the English language proficiency requirement for entrance into an Appalachian degree program.