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Center for English Proficiency

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


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 three skill sets: Reading/Vocabulary, Listening/ Speaking, and Writing/Grammar.

The four instructional levels are Basic, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. Students are placed at the appropriate level by ACCUPLACER™, an AUD administered online test that students take before entering the program.

Helping undergraduate students develop their verbal and written English abilities, the Intensive English Language Program improves students’ overall competence in academic learning skills and computer use, at the basic level, while at the advanced level, students engage in more complex writing, group discussions, and oral presentations, as well as developing their university-level academic English vocabulary and reading skills.

IELP Program Leaflet


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


Basic Level

  • Builds a foundation of academic English in speaking, reading, writing, grammar and listening.
  • Students develop reading skills, build vocabulary, learn to write grammatically correct sentences, and write simple paragraphs.
  • Class activities include oral and written communicative tasks, short presentations, listening and taking notes from simple lectures.
  • Students develop overall competence in academic learning skills and computer use.

Low Intermediate Level 

  • Expands existing proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, grammar, and listening.
  • Further develops academic learning skills of students whose goal is to enter the university.
  • Students build vocabulary, learn academic reading strategies, and write complex, well-developed paragraphs using grammatically correct sentences.
  • Students participate in group discussions and give informal presentations.
  • Class activities include grammar review and expansion, oral and written communicative tasks, listening to lectures, completing projects, and using computer.

High Intermediate Level

  • Expands on pre-existing proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, grammar, and listening.
  • Further develops academic skills of students whose goal is to enter the university.
  • Students listen to and take notes on more complex lectures and participate in more challenging speaking activities, such as giving formal presentations and discussing causes, effects, and solutions to problems.
  • Students continue to build vocabulary, acquire advanced reading strategies, review and expand grammar knowledge and skills, and write multi-paragraph essays demonstrating mature thought.
  • More emphasis placed on communicative tasks, projects, and computer-based learning.

Advanced Level

  • Focuses on developing students’ English and academic skills needed to succeed in university classes.
  • Students learn how to write essays using sophisticated sentence structure in coherent, well-developed paragraphs, how to construct an outline, how to structure an essay, how to create a thesis statement, how to provide specific and relevant support, how to use transitions, and how to proofread for accuracy.
  • Develops listening and speaking skills useful in university classes, such as note taking from lectures, writing reports, and making formal presentations.
  • Assists students in developing university-level academic English vocabulary and reading strategies to increase reading speed and comprehension.



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


English Division Head and Assistant Professor of English
Micah Robbins
Coordinator of CfEP and Instructor of Intensive English Language
Ana Maria Chehab
Assistant Professor of Intensive English Language
Ann Marie Simmonds
Instructor of Intensive English Language
Sally Kondos