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Standard English Program

Standard English Program


Zoni’s Standard English Program consists of classes at all English proficiency levels with corresponding courses. Whether you have a beginner or advanced level of English, our unique teaching methods and strategies ensures that you acquire the language and reach your goals.

Our Standard English Program begins with Survival English and progresses through Advanced Academic English. In other words, our Standard English Program caters to everyone’s needs. Additionally, we have multiple classes at each level. This means students study on their own schedule.

If you want to master the English language, our Standard English Program gives you a stronger foundation to proceed with your educational goals and aim for success.



Course Description


Beginner 1– Survival English

This is an introductory course using Zoni English System 1, which provides students with basic, integrated English skills. It is designed to give students the basics of the English language using the simple present tense including greetings, numbers, dates, time, adjectives, demonstratives and other simple grammatical structures that enable students to have a two- way conversation.


Beginner 2 - 3-Way Conversation

This course continues to increase students’ fluency in English, build up their writing skills and reading comprehension, as well as help them become adept at spelling. It introduces the three- way conversation and focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing


Beginner 3 - Paths to Everyday Conversation

This course advances students’ written and conversational skills to the next level of proficiency. Students learn to use the future and progressive tenses, comparatives and superlatives in their conversations. Some idiomatic expressions are also introduced.


Intermediate 1 - Intermediate Conversation

This course focuses on increasing students’ accuracy and fluency. Students’ listening and reading comprehension skills are enhanced by the introduction of more complicated material. Conversations are expanded through the introduction of the perfect tenses.


Intermediate 2 – Grammar & Conversation

This course is designed for intermediate ESL students who have a good command of the basic tenses and structures of English, and can apply them in meaningful communication. It is an integrated skills course that challenges students to use and expand their ability to use more complex language and discuss high-interest topics such as culture, superstition, hobbies, and taboos. The course also introduces more sophisticated grammar structures and tenses. Students will see, hear and practice the language. Students will conduct interviews and engage in discussions on a wide variety of topics.


Intermediate 3 – Speaking Practice

This course is designed for students who have intermediate communication skills and ready for more complex grammar points. The course focuses on increasing vocabulary and introducing basic phrasal verbs and idioms. It is designed to strengthen students’ skills in speaking using vocabulary words, phrasal verbs and idioms. It enhances their reading, writing, and listening skills through varied activities on different themes in each unit. The course helps improve students’ use of structure and encourages them to use the language correctly.


High Intermediate – Real Situations

This course focuses on refining and improving students’ conversation skills with integration of new structures not covered in earlier courses. It provides students with real life situations categorized in themes wherein they are able to apply conversation strategies and idiomatic expressions confidently. In this course, students learn to understand and express using high- intermediate structures, new idioms and vocabulary, and conversation strategies to unlock difficulties in communicating effectively.


High Intermediate - Introduction to Idioms

This course is designed for students who already have good communication skills. The course focuses on phrasal verbs and idioms and their usage through reading, writing, and speaking. Idioms are taught in the context of specific, up- to-date topics. It also focuses on speaking, and reading and writing, with writing assignments such as stories and dialogues.


High Intermediate – Dynamic Reading

This course is designed for students who have high intermediate communication skills. The course focuses on developing and improving reading skills such as scanning for main ideas, skimming for details, summarizing, paraphrasing and making predictions. It is rich with vocabulary and comprehension exercises. Topics for discussion include world topics such as diversity, family, alternative medicine, happiness and consumerism. The course helps improve student’s writing and speaking skills through writing their journals, personal anecdotes, discussing and relating the readings to their own experiences.


High Intermediate – Introduction to Writing

This high intermediate course is designed to develop students’ confidence in their ability to write academic writing and analytical writing using their experiences as base. The course focuses on developing a solid foundation in the students’ writing, which includes paragraph construction, using basic punctuation, capitalization, new language and content. It provides current readings for discussion and writing. It also teaches the students to write compositions: paragraphs and essays.


High Intermediate - Introduction to Speech

TThis advanced speech communication course is designed to develop students’ confidence in their ability to create a speech. The course focuses on rudiments of speech writing and delivery specifically in informative, persuasive, impromptu speeches and debates. It reinforces student’s fluency, critical thinking and vocabulary knowledge. Further the exercises are geared towards the acquisition of integrated skills such as writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Course Description



Advanced – Listening Practice I

This course is focused on listening for comprehension. It provides a variety of listening activities that includes dialogues, interviews and lectures. It emphasizes listening strategies such as summarizing main ideas, making inferences, listening for stressed words, reductions and intonations.


Advanced – Written Structure I

This course is the first part of a series of advanced grammar course that assists advanced level students in developing and mastering language skills using accurate grammar for speaking and writing. It gives students a better understanding of the structural rules of English grammar and its usage.


Advanced – Written Structure II

This course is the second part of the advanced grammar course that assists advanced level students in developing and mastering language skills using accurate grammar for speaking and writing. It gives students a better understanding of the structural rules of English grammar and its usage


Advanced – Written Structure III

This course is third of the advanced grammar course that assists advanced level students in developing and mastering language skills using accurate grammar for speaking and writing. It gives students a better understanding of the structural rules of English grammar and its usage.


Advanced – Written Structure IV

This course is the last part of the series of the advanced grammar course that assists advanced level students in developing and mastering language skills using accurate grammar for speaking and writing. It gives students a better understanding of the structural rules of English grammar and its usage


Introduction to Speech Communication/ Conversation Practice ( Wrong – under PIEP)

This advanced speech communication course is designed to develop students’ confidence in their ability to create a speech. The course focuses on rudiments of speech writing and delivery specifically in informative, persuasive, impromptu speeches and debates. It reinforces student’s fluency, critical thinking and vocabulary knowledge. Further the exercises are geared towards the acquisition of integrated skills such as writing, reading, listening and speaking.


Advanced Listening and Speaking I & II / Conversation Practice ( wrong PIEP curriculum)

This course is designed for advanced students of English as a Second Language. It is an integrated skills course with an emphasis on listening and speaking as well as on vocabulary building. Students will listen to actual radio shows and interviews; summarize main ideas; make inferences; listen for intonation; listen for special utterances such as repetition, hesitation and tone of voice. Students will employ these same techniques in discussions, debates and role-plays.


Advanced Vocabulary and Idioms I & II

This course is designed for students who have a solid command of structural English language but often lack the vocabulary necessary to comprehend real-life language situations. This course is divided into 12 thematic units that cover the vocabulary and idioms common to these themes. Students will study the most commonly used words, expressions and idioms derive from magazines, newspapers, books and internet. Students will use and understand vocabulary words, expressions and idioms in the context listening, speaking, reading and writing.


Advanced Reading and Writing I & II

This course is designed for advanced English learners who need to develop more integrated language skills specifically reading and writing to meet their academic and professional goals. Students are also encouraged to write paragraphs and essays to express their views and opinions on topics of great interest. Through active participation, students are encouraged to discuss and interpret textual meaning. Students analyze readings and articles to provoke their critical thinking and develop their own opinions and conclusions.


Advanced Academic - Cultural Awareness

This course is a study of American cultural patterns and how they differ from or are similar to students’ own culture. It is designed to enhance


Advanced Academic – Reading II

This course is designed for advanced level students who need to enhance their reading comprehension and writing skills as well as expand their vocabulary knowledge. It will help students express themselves using more sophisticated structures and vocabulary


Advanced Academic Writing II (Part 1 & 2)

This course is designed for advanced level students who need to enhance their writing skills and prepare them for academic and developmental writing courses. It consists of extensive practice in rhetorical strategies and techniques with review of appropriate grammatical structures and mechanics of writing.


Advanced Academic - Listening II

This course further develops and improves students’ listening comprehension skills. It provides stimulating and content-based lessons for developing comprehension, note taking and academic study skills.


Advanced Academic – Critical Thinking

This course guides advanced level students to acquiring an integrated skills approach to develop their critical thinking. Students are exposed to readings and discussions of controversial issues of international interest, thus motivating them to form their views and opinions. All four skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening--are developed.


Advanced Academic – Writing III

This course is an advanced academic writing course that entails extensive writing tasks required in college and job related activities. It is designed to guide students develop their writing, reading and critical thinking skills. It provides extensive vocabulary knowledge and accurate grammar usage for academic writing and technical writing.

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