Which Combo English Language Skills course level is for me?

This article will review what to expect from each level of our Combo 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.

Combo: High Beginner and Intermediate (72 hours) 
Locations: New York City or San Diego


For our High Beginner and Intermediate combo courses, there are some basics you need to know in order to be successful in this course: for example, you need to understand simple to intermediate spoken sentences and basic written English. You need to be able to easily describe yourself, including your name, home country, and where you live in the U.S., as well. This course requires knowledge of spoken and written English in the past, present and future tenses, so you should have the ability to write simple sentences. 


In your High Beginner and Intermediate course, you will learn words and phrases that are helpful to au pairs so you can successfully interact with your host family, better understand American English and American culture, and improve your English speaking skills in the past, present, and future tenses. You’ll also make friends with other au pairs in a supportive and friendly environment and learn to better explain your feelings, share opinions, and make comparisons. 


If the above sounds like the right fit for you, we’d recommend enrolling in either our New York City or San Diego High Beginner and Intermediate course!


Click HERE to register for an English Language Skills course! 

Combo: Intermediate and Advanced (72 hours) 
Locations: New York City or San Diego


Our Intermediate and Advanced combo courses focus 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 when doing tasks related to your job as an au pair, use the past, present and future tenses when speaking about yourself with very few mistakes, and you must understand written English and be able to write detailed sentences in English. 


In your Intermediate and Advanced course, you can look forward to learning American idioms and expressions that will help you speak like a native, as well as learning how to learn to use descriptive language, comparatives, and superlatives in conversation and written form so you can more easily connect with American locals, including your host family. 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 either our New York City or San Diego Intermediate and Advanced combo 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 you answered 3 or below, you may be most suited for a High Beginner and Intermediate level course. If you answered 4 or 5 you may be more suited for an Intermediate and 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 a High Beginner and Intermediate level course. If you have had more training in conversational English, you may be more suited for an Intermediate and 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 1-3 for most of these questions, you may be more suited for a High Beginner and Intermediate level course. If you assessed yourself with 4-5 for most of these questions, you may be more suited for an Intermediate and Advanced level course.


If you answered two of the three questions with evaluations leaning towards a High Beginner and Intermediate level course, please register for a High Beginner and 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.