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FSU administers the PBT TOEFL at the end of every semester. The exam is free to FSU TOEFL class students; $20 to other FSU students; $30 to non-FSU students. No refunds will be given.

Next Exam, Saturday, December13, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Call 508-626-1510 for information.

Register and pay at the Student Services Center, 5th floor of the McCarthy Center.

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Phone: (508) 626-1510
Fax: (508) 626-3605

To schedule an appointment
with an advisor, call
(508) 626-1510.

To Register for classes
Fax: 508.626.4598
In-person: Student Services Center
Room 515, McCarthy Center

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Core Courses All Levels
Full-time students should register for two core classes and two afternoon Focus classes for 25 hours/week. F-1 International Students must enroll in at least 18 hours of class per week.

Reading/Writing/Grammar (7.5 hours per week)
Students will practice and improve their reading skills through exposure to various forms of literature from textbooks and “real-world” writing samples.  They will also learn to write well-structured sentences, paragraphs, and, eventually, essays. This class has three levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Listening/Speaking (7.5 hours per week)
Students will improve their conversational and academic listening skills. Speaking skills will advance through guided conversations, debates, presentations, role-playing, and much more. This class has three levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.

Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and
Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Focus Classes
These classes provides an opportunity for students to build on skills developed in the core classes, or, for students with limited time, provides a daytime class that is less intensive.  Designed to target a variety of language skills and different English abilities. Students choosing the Full Core Program must choose one M/W/F and one T/TH afternoon elective. F-1 students must choose at least one.

Focus Classes M/W/F (6 hours per week)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Focus on English for Success in the U.S! for beginning level students
A class for beginning level students to improve English skills for getting along in the U.S. Learn and practice English for various communication situations - at a bank, ordering in a restaurant, shopping, seeking medical treatment, renting an apartment, buying a car, and much more!

Focus on Improving Vocabulary, Reading, and Discussion for intermediate level students
An intermediate level class for students to read interesting books and articles and discuss ideas and life experiences. Students will increase their knowledge about American culture and history while they improve their reading, vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation skills.

Focus on TOEFL Preparation for advanced level students
This intensive class is designed to assist students preparing for the Institutional TOEFL, the paper-based version (PBT). During this class, students will learn skills to improve reading comprehension, listening techniques and advanced grammatical structures which are tested on the exam. Students will also learn test-taking strategies and have ample opportunity for practice and review.

Focus Classes T/TH (4 hours per week)
Tuesday/Thursday 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Focus on Conversation, Culture and Cinema for beginning and intermediate level students
Movies are an excellent way to develop listening skills and learn about American culture all at once.  Throughout this course students will watch a number of films surrounding a particular theme about American culture. Students will focus on developing discussion skills, build and apply vocabulary in various writing and reading activities related to the films watched during the class.

Focus on TOEFL Preparation for advanced level students
This intensive class is devoted to speaking and writing for the iBT. Students will learn pronunciation techniques to increase their intelligibility; practice times speaking on a variety of topics and situations; practice note-taking and summarizing skills; and learn how to plan for and write essays in a timed-test environment.

Focus on Communication Skills and Public Speaking for high intermediate/advanced level students
Become a stronger communicator in both written and oral English.  Students will learn and practice techniques that emphasize improvement of pronunciation as well as build self-confidence when speaking in front of groups.

Intensive Program Tutoring
Students who are enrolled in the Intensive English Program, 15 hours or more per week, are eligible for up to four hours of free, individualized tutoring (per semester) to help with class assignments, or development of certain skills. The tutors are highly-trained instructors, who will ensure the tutoring time is productive and helpful to students.


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100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220