Our Intermediate English course is designed for both the low intermediate and high intermediate student.  Below are some of the characteristics of low intermediate and high intermediate ESL students.

Intermediate student in Intermediate English Class

Low Intermediate ESL Student

  • Has gained some confidence with their English and is often willing to participate in English exchanges but often misunderstands.
  • Vocabulary is limited but rapidly improving.
  • May feel comfortable enough to respond orally despite frequent errors and word selection.
  • Needs frequent written and vocabulary support.
  • Shows growing confidence in his/her ability to comprehend and respond in English.

High Intermediate ESL Student

  • Easily participates in social activities and constantly adds to his/her vocabulary, American culture, and class participation and understanding.
  • Speech still exhibits a considerable accent.
  • Grammar and vocabulary errors are receding.
  • English is changing rapidly as well as his/her confidence level.

What To Expect

Our Intermediate English course includes 20 hours of class time which meet for either;

  • 1-hour per day, 5 days per week, for 4 weeks (OR)
  • 2 1/2 hours per day, 2 days per week, for 4 weeks

Each student receives a personal textbook.  By the end of our Intermediate English course, most students who entered as high intermediate student are ready to progress to our Advanced English course.  Some students who entered this class as a low intermediate student find it beneficial to repeat our Intermediate English course.   Below is the curriculum we cover in our Intermediate English course.

Intermediate English Curriculum

The sentence

  • Noun phrases
  • Verb phrases
  • Modifiers

The verb phrase

  • Auxiliary verbs

The verb

  • Linking verbs
  • Irregular verbs
  • Tenses

The progressive tenses

  • The present progressive
  • The past progressive
  • The future progressive

The perfect tenses

  • The present perfect
  • The past perfect
  • The future perfect

Modal auxiliaries

  • Shades of meaning
  • Special auxiliaries

The progressive forms of modal auxiliaries

The auxiliary verb do

  • Using do in questions
  • Using do in negative sentences

The passive voice

  • Using the passive

The passive form of modal auxiliaries

  • The future tense
  • The past tense

The stative passive

  • Adjectives and participles
  • The progressive form vs. the stative passive
  • Prepositions

Past participles with get

Participial adjectives

  • Present participles
  • Past participles

Subject-verb agreement

  • Third-person singular and plural
  • The verb be
  • Expressions of quantity
  • Collective nouns
  • Auxiliary verbs
  • Complex sentences

Agreement with nouns

  • Personal pronouns and collective nouns
  • Indefinite prounouns
  • Complex nouns

Using other

  • Adjectives
  • Pronouns


  • Distinguishing gerunds from present participles


  • The possessive
  • Coordinating conjunctions
  • Conjunctions and their meaning
  • Correlative conjunctions
  • Subordinating conjunctions
  • Adverbs that act as conjunctions


  • Compound prepositions
  • Noun  and pronoun objects
  • More than one prepositional phrase

Adjectives and adverbs

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs

Filler subjects and impersonal subjects

  • Filler subjects
  • Impersonal subjects


  • Independent clauses
  • Dependent clauses
  • Relative clauses


  • The period
  • The comma
  • The semicolon
  • The colon
  • The question mark
  • The exclamation point
  • The apostrophe
  • Quotation marks
  • The hyphen and the dash
  • Parentheses and brackets

Capitalization, numbers, and italics

  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Italics

English Los Angeles ESL and TOEFL Courses

English Los Angeles Locations

Anaheim   Cerritos   Corona East   Corona West   El Monte   Glassell Park   Inglewood   Long Beach East

Long Beach West   Newport Beach   Orange   Pico Union   Pomona   Santa Monica   Sherman Oaks

Sierra Madre   South Pasadena   Tarzana   Upland   Van Nuys

Enrollment Process

To enroll in one of our English courses:

  • Contact us at (213)880-7612 or use our email contact form.
  • New classes usually start every 1 to 3 weeks.
  • In order to maximize the interactive learning experience for each student, we do not enroll more than 5 students per class.
  • Payment is due 1-week before class starts in the form of check or money order and can be mailed to: 4949 Tyrone Ave Apt 1C, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

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