English Language Program

For learners from a non-English speaking background who wish to learn how to use English effectively in both general and academic contexts.

Skills and Strategies

Provide an opportunity for students to identify and develop skills and strategies for more effective language learning as well as learning “how to learn.”


Develop overall competence in English across the four main macro skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).


Develop an awareness and understanding of people who speak English as their native language.

ELP Levels and Articulation

From the table, you can see that the English Proficiency Program (EPP) takes learners from a starter level at EPP 1A through to pre-intermediate level in Level 2. At EPP 3, students can choose to enter the academic program, the GAC Foundation English course, or remain in the EPP.

After Level 3, students can progress to the Global Assessment Certificate™ program or start the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Both these programs prepare students for study in an English-medium course at university.

English Proficiency Program (EPP) 

Starter Level to Level 2

Suite of programs that build English skills from Beginner to Intermediate levels for students preparing for further study in English. 

GAC Foundation English (GAC FE)

Level 3

Prepares students at intermediate-level for direct entry into the GAC program, of full-time study in English. Interesting themes are covered in-depth to build vocabulary. 

English for Academics (EAP)

Level 4 to Level 5

Designed for students who have successfully completed their secondary schooling and wish to improve their academic English proficiency and skills

ELP Program Features

  • Motivate students with interesting and theme-based topics
  • Build communication skills for everyday use
  • Develop all four macro skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
  • Provide listening practice to a range of accents and help students to solve common pronunciation problems
  • Explain grammar simply, clearly and comprehensively
  • Guide teachers with after-class activities and useful reference materials
  • Provide guidance and opportunities for students to practice oral and written presentations, and include all assessments in the Assessment Package:
    • ongoing skills-based assessments with teacher instructions and assessment criteria, final tests and audio CDs.
    • final tests of four macro skills (with audio CDs.)

The ELP Package Includes

  1. Syllabus for each level
  2. Core text: Student Course Books
  3. Comprehensive Teacher Guide and audio CDs for coursework
  4. ELP Writing Program
  5. Assessment Package:
    • Entry test
    • Assessment Folders which include ongoing skills-based assessments with teacher instructions and assessment criteria
    • Final tests of four macro skills (with audio CDs)

How ELP Programs are Delivered

These programs can be delivered at secondary schools and other centers in a variety of modes. AES works with each center to adapt the programs to suit their unique circumstances.

The circumstances of each school are unique, so it may be possible for students to complete the ELP courses they need differently from shown in the table.

How ELP Programs are Taught

Based on an interactive and functional theory of language teaching and learning, these programs enable students to develop language proficiency and communicative skills in an authentic, meaningful and contextualized manner. The programs help teachers to create a positive, supportive and motivating learner-centerd environment.

Where ELP Programs are Taught

These programs are delivered in more than ten countries including Bahrain, Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. They are taught in centers situated on university campuses, in private language or business colleges, in corporate offices and within private international and local high schools.

The English Language Programs can be adapted to suit middle school and high school students and young adults. With flexible entry and exit points, it is possible to design a suite of programs suitable for any educational organization. Training and ongoing academic support are provided to all ELP centers.

Robert J. Karvois, Jr.
Academic Coordinator
Singapore International School
Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

What Our Customers Say

"The introduction of the EPP has set off a positive synergy among the staff. Teachers are working together to identify and help at risk students as well as provide the vocabulary and language skills needed to succeed in subject classes. The EPP’s full package approach has allowed our teachers to better use their time and creativity. Instead of writing lesson plans from scratch, our teachers spend more of their preparation time reviewing and understanding the material in depth, as well as allowing additional time for developing creative and innovative supplements to the class material."

"Our Academic English Program is extremely challenging for the students. By teaching the students that learning new language can be fun, the EPP program is providing our students with a new–found confidence in the use of English. Students, particularly those identified as at risk, are more willing to step out of their safety zone and try to apply their new language skills throughout their academic program."