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Which In-Person English Language Skills course level is for me?

This article will review what to expect from each level of our Intermediate and Advanced NYC English Language Skills courses, and how to decide which level is the best fit for you!

Our English Language Skills courses are designed to stretch and strengthen your English abilities while you are here in the U.S. and fully immersed in the language.  


Intermediate (36 hours) 


For our Intermediate weekend course, there are some basics you need to know in order to be successful in this course: for example, you need to be able to use common expressions and vocabulary to tell others about your job as an au pair and about your life in your home country. You need to be able to easily describe yourself, including your name and where you live in the U.S. This course requires knowledge of spoken and written English in the past, present and future tenses, so you should have the ability to read intermediate level texts in English and have the ability to write a 3-4 sentence long summary in response to what you have read.


In your Intermediate course, you will practice using new verb tenses, learn how to use common phrasal verbs in everyday conversation, and build your active listening and retelling skills. You’ll also make friends with other au pairs in a supportive and friendly environment and learn to better explain your emotions, share your opinions and preferences, and make comparisons. 


If the above sounds like the right fit for you, we’d recommend enrolling in our Intermediate NYC  36 hour course. Or, if you need 72 hours we’d recommend enrolling in our Combo High Beginner and Intermediate 72 hour course!


Click HERE to register for an English Language Skills course! 


Advanced (36 hours)


Our Advanced NYC course focuses on the same overall principles of writing and speaking and all around grammar, but on a more in-depth level. As a base for this class you must be able to confidently communicate with others about a wide range of topics including your job, your experiences in the U.S., and areas of immediate need. You need to be able to use the past, present and future tenses and descriptive vocabulary when speaking about your feelings and opinions. This course requires the ability to read intermediate level non-academic texts in English and have the ability to write a 5-7 sentence long summary in response to the text, as well as write your opinion about the text.


In your Advanced course, you can look forward to learning American idioms and unusual expressions to speak more like a native. You will also learn to use persuasive language effectively as well as practice formal, informal, and hypothetical language. You can improve your English skills while meeting other au pairs in a supportive and friendly environment! Learn the language most useful for going out and traveling around the U.S., as well as hear some travel tips, facts about American culture, and keys to understanding different American accents. 


If the above sounds like the right fit for you, we’d recommend enrolling in our Advanced 36 hour course. Or, if you need 72 hours, we’d recommend enrolling in our Combo  Intermediate and Advanced 72 hour course!


Click HERE to register for an English Language Skills course! 


Still not sure which level is right for you? 


If you are still unclear about which level you should take, please honestly evaluate yourself on the following questions.

  1. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being least confident and 5 being very confident), how confident do you feel speaking in English?

If your answer was closer to 3 or 4, you may be most suited for the Intermediate level course. If you answered closer to 5 you may be more suited for the Advanced level course.

  1. Has your English training been more formal/written or conversational?

If you have had more formal/written English training, but not as much conversational, you may be more suited for the Intermediate level course. If you have had more training in conversational English, you may be more suited for the Advanced level course.

  1. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being least confident and 5 being very confident), how confident are you answering these questions verbally in complete sentences?
  • How long have you lived in the United States?
  • What did you do yesterday?
  • Do you have a hobby? What is it and why do you like it?
  • What are some of the differences between your country and the United States?

If you assessed yourself with 3-4 for most of these questions, you may be more suited for the Intermediate level course. If you assessed yourself closer to 5 for most of these questions, you may be more suited for the Advanced level course.

If you answered two of the three questions with evaluations leaning towards the Intermediate level course, please register for the Intermediate level course. We want you to be successful in our courses! 

Still need some assistance?


Send us an email to info@aupairclasses.org with your answers to the evaluation above and questions below and we can help you determine which level will be the best fit for you! 

  • What were your scores for questions 1-3 above?
  • How many years of English have you taken?
  • Are you able to easily speak with your host family in English?
  • Please write 2-3 sentences to tell us what has been your favorite part about living in the United States.