Proficiency Levels

Brief Program Description

Interactive learning includes the four main skills (Listening, speaking, reading and writing) of English, from beginning to advanced.

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This course is intended for beginners. These students initially have limited or no understanding of English. They rarely use English for communication. Their use of the language is very limited and grammatically inaccurate, mostly. Throughout the course, they will progressively try to answer spontaneously to simple commands and questions using single words or simple phrases.
Through this course, the student should understand and accept the process of communicating in another language; how to build vocabulary and use a dictionary, principles for correct pronunciation and vocalization. There will be an interactive relation with the basic skills of the language: listening/understanding, speaking, reading/comprehension, writing, and a necessary cross-cultural awareness. The course will provide with functional vocabulary, basic grammatical explanations and a close approach to accurate pronunciation.


This course is intended for High beginners. Starting this level, students communicate limited information in simple day to day situations using simple phrases that have been mostly memorized. They appear to understand more while they listen, but they still produce limited answers using very basic grammar patterns. Overall communication still lacks of adequate idea sequencing.
The basic skills already acquired in ESL 1 plus the intensive practice provided in this course will progressively take the students to enhance their listening/understanding skills. Better comprehensive oral expression starts developing, too. Vocabulary should grow consistent with reading/comprehension skills. With the successful accomplishment of this course, the students will move on towards an Intermediate level of communication in the English language.


This course is intended for students entering an intermediate level of proficiency. At this level, the listening-comprehension skills still require consistent practice on repetition. Students become more spontaneous while expressing their thoughts, but with limited vocabulary. Their oral expression is simple, comprehensible and mostly appropriate, but they still make grammatical errors.
They’ll progressively show higher comprehension of written texts, and growing writing skills. They may find easier to understand what others say, but they still may not elaborate proper full answers. They can read with more confidence, but yet their vocabulary needs to build up stronger and the ability to detect main ideas and other elements needs much more training.


This course is intended for students whose current level of proficiency allows them to deliver appropriate communication skills, on expected and even unexpected scenarios as adequate listening and understanding skills are mostly developed. However, even though their vocabulary is stronger at this point, it may be hard for them to easily handle complex structures and abstract concepts. Reading skills are stronger, too, and most students show easier comprehension of the text. Nonetheless, they may face uncomfortable challenges when dealing with complex sentence structures and unusual contextualized facts.


ESL 5 is prepared for students who wish or need to perform with more advanced level of proficiency in the oral and written modes.
At this level, students’ errors go minimized; they feel comfortable when expressing themselves, they can manage adequate communication on a wide variety of contexts. They feel able to act within a native speakers’ environment with much confidence. Students show good command of daily and even technical vocabulary. Idiomatic expressions are very familiar, too. Their goal is to command deeper language structures with fluency, and as accurate as possible.

Atlantis Language Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

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