English Center

Your Portal to English Proficiency

Level up Your English

The English language program offered on the campus of AIIAS has been developed by professionals to give students intensive and personalized instruction in the English language in an English speaking environment. The courses have been designed to help students learn English in line with well recognized English language programs. 

Important

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), English courses will be taught online for the first semester of 2020 (Aug. – Dec. 2020)

English Center Information

Only students who meet English proficiency standards will be allowed to register for Seminary or Graduate School courses. An acceptable score on a standard test of English proficiency sent directly from an official testing center. English test results are valid for 2 years. 

TOEFL iBT

A minimum score of 68 for professional degrees, and a minimum score of 79 for doctoral and academic degrees. 

English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test

Band score average of at least 6.0 for professional degrees, and a band of 6.5 for all doctoral and MA academic degrees.

Duolingo English Test

Temporarily, AIIAS accepts online Duolingo English Test scores of 95 and above for professional degrees, and scores of 105 and above for doctoral and academic degrees.

For prospective students affected by testing center closures due to the coronavirus, AIIAS has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test available online, in addition to TOEFL and IELTS proficiency exams, for the 2020-2021 school year. 

For a complete list of English language proficiency tests accepted by AIIAS and minimum scores needed to study in a degree program, please check our English Proficiency Requirements. 

Duolingo Exam

The Duolingo exam can be taken from any computer that has a camera, audio, and reliable internet. You will need either a passport, driver license, or national or state ID to show the camera. The exam costs $49 (USD) and contains a series of speaking, reading, writing, and listening exercises. Following the exam, there will be an interview portion that will ask you to respond to various prompts in 30 to 90 seconds. The score results are generally received within a few days of exam completion.

Level 1

A student who receives a score of 53 or below on the English Proficiency Exam will work full time on English and register for Elementary’ English (Level 1). If at the end of the term, a student has fulfilled the course requirements by demonstrating in coursework the ability to communicate in basic English in everyday experiences, the student may register for Intermediate English (Level 2). Note: Students who enter Level 1 with a score of less than 30, will find it difficult to satisfactorily complete Level 1 within one term, and are likely to need to repeat the class.

Level 2

The student who receives a score of 54-61 on the English Proficiency Exam will work full time on English and register for Intermediate English (Level 2). If at the end of the term a student has fulfilled the course requirements by demonstrating in coursework the ability to communicate in English at an intermediate level, the student will proceed to Level 3.

Level 3

The student who receives a score of 62-69 on the English Proficiency Exam will study English full time and register for Advanced Intermediate English (Level 3). If at the end of the term the student has fulfilled the course requirements by demonstrating in coursework an advanced ability to communicate in everyday experiences and to communicate successfully in basic academic contexts, the student will proceed to Level 4.

Level 4

The student who receives a score of 70-76 will study English full time and register for Advanced English (Level 4). If at the end of the term the English course has been satisfactorily completed with a B grade or above, the student may proceed to take the end-of-term English Proficiency Examination (EPE). A score of 550 on the TOEFL ITP and a 6.5 on the internal speaking and writing test with a minimum band of 5.5 in writing is necessary to enter graduate class work for academic programs (520 TOEFL ITP and 6.0 respectively for professional programs).

Transition

Students who are very close to reaching the English proficiency score required for entering a graduate program at AIIAS will be allowed to take a graduate class, plus 8 hours in the English Center, which will be prescribed based on the student’s test scores and abilities. Transition students, at the end of Term, may have alternative assessments evaluated by a team consisting of: (1) the teacher of the current course, (2) the department head, (3) the dean, and (4) the English Center director/teacher. Academic advising for students in the transition period should favor prerequisite courses or practical courses that do not require extensive writing or theoretical conceptualization. Students going into academic programs, who receive an English Proficiency Exam score of 80 (78 for profcssional programs) will have passed the English proficiency requirement for AIIAS.

New students

Complete the Admission for Application process.

Returning students

Send an email to ecdirector@aiias.edu.

English Center Calendar for Second Semester 2020-2021

Term A – January to March

English Placement Test – January 5, 2021
English Center Registration – January 6, 2021
Classes Begin – January 7, 2021
Classes End – March 9, 2021

Term B – March to May

English Placement Test – March 10, 2021
English Center Registration – March 11, 2021
Classes Begin – March 15, 2021
Classes End – May 11, 2021

Contact Us

English Center Director: ecdirector@aiias.edu

Admissions Office: admissions@aiias.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Each term is 9 weeks long. There are 5 terms in one school year.

There are 4 levels ranging from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C2)

Anyone who is at least 16 years old and who would like to and improve English language skills, particularly those who would like to continue studying at AIIAS or at an English speaking institution.

  • Term 1 A – August 10 – Oct. 7, 2020 
  • Term 1 B – Oct. 14. – Dec. 15, 2020 
  • Term 2 A – Jan. 7 – March 9, 2021 
  • Term 2 B – March 15 – May 11, 2021 
  • Intersemester – May 31 – July 29, 2021
  • FULL-TIME: will cover all 4 language skills: listening, speaking, writing (includes grammar), and reading comprehension. Full-time students must commit to a total of 18 hours per week: 8 hours of real-time virtual classroom, respectively 2 hours each day from Mondays to Thursdays to meet with teachers and classmates virtually. The remaining 9.5 hours will consist of guided independent study, Reading Assistant Program, and individual 30 minutes per week of one on one tutorials to address individual needs of language development. 
  • PART-TIME: can either choose speaking and listening OR reading and writing and must commit to a total of 9 hours per week: 4 hours per week to real-time virtual classes, respectively 2 hours every other day (either Mon & Wed. OR Tu & Th). The remaining 4.5 hours will consist of guided independent study, Reading Assistant Program and individual 30 minutes per week of one on one (or small groups) tutorials to address individual needs of language development. Part-time students may attend to the skill set that they choose. Reading and Writing are scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays while Listening and Speaking, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Based on a placement test which can be taken prior to the beginning of each term. You can take either one of these tests from home: 

 

  • Textbooks based on the integrated-skills approach for academic purposes 
  • Reading Assistant Program to enhance speaking, vocabulary and reading comprehension and providing instant feedback 
  • Supplementary materials 
  • Moodle, and Google Classroom
  • Full-time = $400 
  • Part-time = $200 

Find out more on how you can pay >

  • FULL-TIME: Total 18 hours per week – 2 hours per day for real-time virtual classes (a total of 8 hours per week, 9.5 hours of guided independent study and Reading Assistant Program, and 30 minutes of individual tutorial. 
  • PART-TIME: Total 9 hours per week: 4 hours per week of real-time virtual classes (either Mon & Wed., or Tu & Th), 4.5 hours of guided independent study and Reading Assistant Program, and 30 minutes per week of individual tutorial.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:00-10:00

(Philippines time)

Reading & Writing

 

Synchronous (ZOOM)

Listening & Speaking

 

Synchronous (ZOOM)

Reading & Writing

 

Synchronous (ZOOM)

Listening & Speaking

 

Synchronous (ZOOM)

Schedule 30 minutes of individual sessions

10:00-12:00

(Individual time zone)

Reading & Writing

 

Asynchronous (ZOOM)

Listening & Speaking

 

Asynchronous (ZOOM)

Reading & Writing

 

Asynchronous (ZOOM)

Listening & Speaking

 

Asynchronous (ZOOM)

Schedule 30 minutes of individual sessions

2.5 hours

(Individual time zone)

Independent

Study

Independent

Study

Independent

Study

Independent

Study

Independent

Study