General English and English for Business

Our General and Business English courses are open to anyone in the Birmingham area wishing to focus on a particular aspect of his/her English language ability. Fees and dates for each course are listed on our current course list.

Pronunciation and Accent Training

Tackle your pronunciation problems with our excellent pronunciation training course. Participants will improve their American English accents through guided self-analysis and intensive instruction. Designed to allow you to focus both on individual sounds and overall patterns of speech, this course provides targeted instruction, teacher feedback, and lots of practice. Features of the course include:

  • Identifying your pronunciation problems
  • Practice with challenging sounds
  • Linking words together for fluency
  • Speaking with the “music” of English
  • Techniques for continued improvement
Business Listening and Speaking

Focus on the language of business in this course for students with a high-intermediate English level. Actively participate in improving your oral communication skills through focusing on speaking and listening skills such as:

  • Negotiating and participating in meetings
  • Specialized business vocabulary and idioms
  • Expressing opinions, suggestions, agreement and disagreement
  • Telephone conversations for business
Business Writing

Focus on polishing your English business writing—a skill that is useful for effective communication in both corporate and personal business. This high-intermediate/advanced course will cover the following:

  • Writing effective business letters
  • Conventions for business email
  • Grammar points for business writing and self-editing
  • Correct forms for reports, memos, proposals, resumes, and customer service letters may also be taught, according to instructor analysis of class need
TOEFL® Preparation

Description: Are you planning to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)? Benefit from our small class sizes as your teacher leads you through the following activities, all designed to give you tools that will help you succeed on your test day:

    • Practice writing essays
    • Improve listening comprehension skills
    • Learn techniques to build vocabulary
    • Review key grammar points
    • Improve test performance under time limits
    • Practice taking the TOEFL® in a computer lab
    • *Note that the TOEFL class is divided into two sections: one session on Listening and Speaking skills and one on Reading and Writing skills. The sections alternate from session to session.

GRE® Preparation for Non-native English Speakers

Are you planning to take the Graduate Record Exam® (GRE®)? Benefit from small class sizes as you do the following activities, all designed to give you tools that will help you succeed on the verbal section of your test:

  • Practice writing essays
  • Acquire strategies for mastering analogies
  • Learn techniques to build vocabulary
  • Review key grammar points
  • Improve test performance under time limits
  • Practice taking the GRE® in a computer lab
English Communication Skills

These two general English courses help you improve your ability to communicate in English. Students will study all areas of general English. Language skills will be connected and practiced for maximum effectiveness, focusing on topics in everyday life and work.

Basic-level course description: A sample of the topics planned for the basic level is as follows:

  • Grammar: simple present tense, present continuous tense, question forms
  • Vocabulary: words for family relationships, education in the US, places and activities in the community, shopping terms, jobs
  • Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation: introduce people, talk about education, pronounce numbers, communicate by phone, make polite offers, make appointments, express opinions about work, inquire about jobs
  • Reading and Writing: write sentences and paragraphs, read school flyers and emails, time expressions, interpret basic abbreviations in job ads, job applications
Intermediate-level course description: A sample of the topics planned for the intermediate level is as follows:

  • Grammar: Review of simple present, present continuous, future, and past simple; Introduction of present perfect, past perfect continuous, past modals and tag questions
  • Vocabulary: words for adult education, job skills and training, dating, media, and banking
  • Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation: request clarification, express encouragement, reductions, job conversations, express surprise and sympathy, give advice about money, describe problems
  • Reading and Writing: write paragraphs, personal statements for a job, and letters to a teacher; read job evaluations, magazines, schedules, emails, and business letters
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UAB English Language Institute
EB 126
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250