At AELI, we have worked with people from the tender age of 2 to the wise age of 75, helping them improve their English language skills. These people include business executives, working adults, and university students, as well students from preschool through high school (gymnasium). Since 1985, we have taught English to hundreds of people from a variety of backgrounds, helping them to become more fluent and effective speakers of American English.
Graduates of our courses have gone on to study at American, European, and Asian universities, have secured internships in Europe and Asia, and have worked in professional assignments in English-speaking countries.
What our customers have in common is the desire to improve their fluency in English for a specific purpose. Typically, they have some basic knowledge of and background in the study of English, or are already advanced speakers of English. Most of our students have had at least 2 years of classroom instruction or work experience in English, or have lived abroad in an English-speaking country.
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Since 1990, the American English Language Institute (AELI) has been dedicated to helping students improve their academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in American English. Here are the four pillars of all AELI programs;
Reading:AELI programs emphasize building the reading proficiencies (comprehension, analytical tools, and close reading skills) needed for success in college and university courses. Reading for meaning, theme, vocabulary development, and information are all included.
Writing: Academic writing is based on critical thinking skills of developing arguments, providing evidence to support arguments, and anticipating objections. AELI students compose persuasive, narrative, and argumentative essays using strategies that lead to mastery of organizational development in academic writing.
3. Speaking and listening: In all academic endeavors, speaking and listening skills are essential for success. For AELIstudents, conversing, reading aloud, and making short reports provide practice in speaking and listening.
4. Goal Setting: Without goals, students have nothing to fall back on for motivation and encouragement when their studies are challenging. AELI programs help students set short-term and long-term goals that are inspiring and attainable. Periodic self-evaluations help students gain the habit of monitoring their own progress in academic achievement.
For young adults and students:
The “American English College Prep” programs offer targeted instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking American English with the goal of preparing participants for successful admission to colleges and universities.
Individual and group AELI lessons and events are delivered in Europe and the US. Middle School, High School, and University programs are available. All programs include goal-setting and time management activities as well as career development exercises.
These programs emphasize building the reading skills (comprehension, analytical tools, and close reading skills) needed for success in college and university admission. Reading for meaning, for theme, and for information are all included.
Writing is equally emphasized, including instruction in composing persuasive and argumentative essays, lessons in vocabulary development, and strategies for mastery of organizational development in college-level academic writing.
Preparation for tests such as TOEFL, SAT, GRE and GMAT can be arranged in these classes.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test, the general test and the subject tests)
GRE (for admission to liberal arts and sciences graduate school)
GMAT (for admission to graduate business school)
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AELI courses are taught by Sara Tusek, AELI Director, who has more than 35 years of experience in business and education in the U.S.A, along with 29 years of managing an international business with major activities in Europe, especially in the Czech Republic.
Sara holds a Master’s degree in Education from Vanderbilt University and has taught English to university and secondary students since 1985.
Sara and her husband are writers. Togther they've written Reinventing Your Future, 21st Century Jobs, and Three Things You Can't Do in Prague. Sara's solo books include Prague for Beginners; her short stories include "Like a Subaru in Colorado" and "Life in the Chicken Coop." In addition, Sara edits and advises writers, publishes newsletters, and writes blogs and websites on various topics.