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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What areas of language are targeted? 

The five major areas that are targeted include pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Based on an individual's assessment results, the focus of the program will be determined. For example, if the results indicate that an individual's writing, reading, and listening skills are strong, but more difficulty is evident with speaking and pronunciation, then those areas will be emphasized during sessions.

2. For whom is English as a Second Language instruction appropriate? 

Typically, individuals receiving this instruction are not yet fluent in English and are at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level in all or some of the areas listed in the question above.

3. What is the average frequency and duration of instruction? 

The average instruction frequency is twice - three times per week for a duration of one hour each.  Select individuals receive higher instruction frequency/duration and lower frequency/duration, depending on scheduling and proficiency level. 

4. How do you determine when an individual is ready to stop receiving instruction? 

Since an individual's performance towards their goals is periodically checked, that information is used to determine their progress. An individual is discharged from instruction once all of their goals have been consistently met and generalized across communication partners and settings. However, an individual can decide to stop instruction at any time. 

5. Where are the lessons held? 

The lessons are held online via Zoom.

6. Are TOEFL or IELTS scores needed in order to register? 

No exam scores are needed to register. A pre- and post-assessment will be conducted by Sequoia Speech & Language in order to determine skill levels.