Center for English Proficiency

AUD offers a comprehensive range of intensive English Language courses for non-native English speakers, from basic to advanced levels.

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Program Overview

The Center for English Proficiency / English Bridge Program provides non-native English-speaking students with the English language education they need to succeed academically, professionally, and socially.

Promoting cultural awareness, citizenship, critical thinking, and ethical behavior, Intensive English Language courses run during the Fall and Spring terms, as well as during the Summer months. Lasting approximately 15 weeks, these instructor-guided classes meet for four hours daily from Sunday through Thursday and develop the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

The three instructional levels are Low Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced. Initial placement in the English Bridge is determined by International TOEFL® +TWE, Internet-based TOEFL®, International IELTS™, EmSAT, or ACCUPLACER™, an online test administered at AUD.

Helping undergraduate students develop their verbal and written English abilities, the English Bridge Program improves students’ overall competence in academic learning skills. Students engage in complex writing, group discussions, and oral presentations, as well as developing their university-level academic English vocabulary and reading skills.

Program Details

Duration: 15 weeks (Fall and Spring Semesters) or 7 weeks (Summer I)


Low Intermediate Intensive English

  • Helps students to understand and identify the main ideas in simple narrative, discursive, and academic texts.
  • Teaches students to write simple paragraphs that clearly describe past, present, and future experiences, make comparisons, and express opinions.
  • Students learn to identify the main points and details in a simple dialogue, explanation, or narrative when spoken slowly and clearly
  • Builds students’ confidence in using simple language to tell a story, describe events, and express opinions and emotions.
  • Students interact verbally with others in routine contexts, asking and answering questions, making suggestions, and giving and understanding instructions.

Intermediate English Bridge

  • Students learn to distinguish between main ideas and supporting details in simple narrative, discursive, and academic texts.
  • Teaches students to write simple, structured multi-paragraph texts on a range of familiar topics and for a variety of purposes.
  • Helps students identify a speaker’s main idea and supporting examples in a presentation intended for a general audience.
  • Builds students’ confidence to deliver an oral presentation that summarizes and responds to the views of others, developing a simple argument that is supported by reasons and examples.
  • Develop basic competence in understanding and using level-appropriate vocabulary and grammar in a range of routine and academic contexts.

Advanced English Bridge

  • Teaches students to analyze the purpose and meaning of simple narrative, discursive, and academic texts, identifying the main line of argument and/or development of a central theme.
  • Students learn to write simple, structured academic essays in a variety of rhetorical modes that adhere to the conventions of Standard Written English.
  • Helps students recognize lines of argument, organizational structure, inferred meaning, and emphasis through intonation and stress in a presentation intended for an academic audience.
  • Builds students’ confidence to deliver an effective oral presentation that summarizes information from multiple sources, develops a focused argument, and demonstrates a clear sense of organization.
  • Develops basic competence in understanding and using level-appropriate grammar for academic reading and writing purposes.



FORM 1: Consent and Declaration Form

FORM 2: Student Health History Form

  • In order for the Health History Form to be approved, it is mandatory that the questionnaire be completed and stamped by a physician and that all immunizations are current. This form is to be submitted during registration.
  • All health information is confidential however the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, and Dean of Student Services will have access to this information (as needed).
  • Applicants attending the American University in Dubai should read, understand and agree the terms set forth in this agreement prior to their class registration.

FORM 3: Undergraduate Reservation and Enrollment Agreement


Coordinator of the Center for English Proficiency (CfEP) and Instructor of English
Ana Maria (Anita) Chehab
Assistant Professor of English
Sally Kondos
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