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REAL Intensive English Program

REAL Intensive English Program

Program Description

The REAL Pathway program’s mission is to prepare international students for their new academic environment. It provides students with a smooth transition from achieving English proficiency levels required to participate in higher education to become successful professionals. This program acknowledges and celebrates the previous existence of home languages, cultures, and multilingualism while actively engaging students in their learning process. The 10 courses, lasting 8 weeks each, take students from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (Beginner to Upper-Intermediate). Students can test into the appropriate level according to their language skills.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

The REAL (Reimagining English as an Additional Language) program acknowledges and celebrates the previous existence of home languages, cultures, and multilingualism. Compared to English as a Foreign or English as a Second Language (EFL/ESL), English as an Additional Language (EAL) has a broader reach as EAL learners embrace their mother tongue and culture in the classroom as a linguistic resource used to learn English. The goals of the REAL program are:

The program’s educational outcomes are:

Provide students English language instruction to gain the necessary language skills for academic purposes
Help students become more familiar with higher educational culture
Prepare students for the demands of online or on-ground university-level study in English, especially in a higher education institution

Course Information

  • REAL Intensive English

    Westcliff University's REAL program prepares international students for success at an international university with key professional skills necessary in today’s global market. Intensive, 8-week courses take students from elementary to upper-intermediate English proficiency in all skills. Courses are communicative and student-centered with a special focus on academic language and cross-cultural communication. During their final semester in the (REAL) Intensive English, students can begin their degree program at Westcliff University.

    REAL Intensive English 

    • Save money on application fees for degree program 
    • Research practices and information literacy Skills
    • Earn an English certificate + degree credits in each level
    • Fully immersive into the US and higher-education culture
    • Professional skills and academic skills instruction to ease the transition into Westcliff University 

    Topics include academic writing, course communication, research, critical reading and comprehension, technology, cultural immersion activities and excursions, as well as personal management strategies, for example time management skills and individual learning styles.

  • Online and On-Campus Programs

    The REAL program is divided into 5 levels. Students can test into any of the levels from low beginner to upper-intermediate. The REAL program offers tutorial services and 24-hour support to advise students on their future academic and professional goals. Students who successfully complete REAL 301 will have the English proficiency required for undergraduate studies at Westcliff University. Students who successfully complete REAL 401 will have the required English proficiency to enter graduate programs at Westcliff University.

    On-Campus Program

    Travel to the United States and learn English at Westcliff University campus in Irvine, California. 

    • Live classroom with professors and classmates 
    • 14 hours of live instruction + 4 hours of lab work per week. 
    • Face-to-face interaction 
    • Use the language you learn outside the classroom 
    • Study internationally at an American university


    Online Program

    We understand it is difficult to move to another country; this is why learning online is a great option. 

    • Flexibility of remotely studying at an American university
    • Same as the intensive English program on campus
    • The flipped classroom model  is used in the online program. This allows for direct instruction to move from the classroom to the individual learning space. Consequently, classroom time is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment, where instructors guide students as they apply language notions and functions while engaging creatively in their own learning process.
  • Admissions Requirements
    • High School Diploma (Graduate Communications Pathway admission requires UG degree)
    • Proof of English language proficiency (A1 - C2 accepted)
    • A scanned copy of government-issued ID
    • Electronic Application
    • Students applying to the Pathway programs receive conditional acceptance to degree programs
  • Admissions Procedures
    • Complete Electronic Application 
    • Application fee: $50.00 (US)
      • Payment (options available: PayPal, Bank Wire Transfers, Flywire, Bank Letters)
    • Document(s):
      • Colored, scanned copies of government-issued ID
      • NOT REQUIRED - Copy of English test score for example CPE, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo.
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