Active Communication in English

ACE Overview

Activate the English language skills you studied in school
Compete in the global workplace with stronger English skills
Expand your ability to communicate actively in English

Active Communication in English (ACE) is an intensive 5-week course designed for students who want to improve their International English skills to enhance personal communication across diverse cultures.

English Instruction: Students will have 18 classroom hours per week. Courses include Conversation Skills, Idioms and Slang, Powerful Presentations: "America Coast to Coast,"  Discussing clips of popular American TV shows, and California Culture in the News. Students will immerse themselves in activities with their classmates as they enjoy university campus life and improve their English skills in vibrant Silicon Valley.

Beyond the classroom:  Fridays are designed to move students beyond the classroom walls with structured excursions throughout the Bay Area.  Trips to San Francisco and the beach (Monterey or Santa Cruz) are planned.  Another trip will be to experience the local scene at the downtown Farmers’ Market, The Tech Museum, the  Musical Theatre, and Great America.This class is right for you if

  • You want to speak English for travel with confidence and skill. 

  • You want to understand and respond in casual conversations with English speakers.

  • You want to be active and use English every day.

  • You’re ready to immerse yourself in American language and culture.

ACE Schedule

CourseLast day to check inStart dateEnd dateLength in wksBasic Tuition
Summer 2015June 26June 29July 315 $2890

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ACE Details

Admission Requirements:

  • Gateways accepts students that are over 18 years of age or older in the ACE program. An F-1 Visa is required.

Course Details:

  • 18 hours of classroom instruction
  • Optional weekly sports games of soccer, badminton, volleyball, or frisbee in the late afternoon
  • Friday excursions  – Students will go on an excursion with their teacher and staff to various places in the Bay Area try out their language skills and enjoy our beautiful Silicon Valley and its coasts.

Grade Report

International Gateways courses are non-credit bearing. Students receive a progress report with course grades at the end of each term. Our grading system is A, B, C, D, F.

Certificate of Completion

International Gateways students with passing grades (A, B, C, or D) receive a certificate of completion  at the end of the term.


International University Studies


Study in American Language


 International University Studies bridges language study and university courses. Enroll in SJSU courses along with English support workshops or prepare for an MBA program.

You'll need strong English skills to take full advantage of these great international experiences at SJSU.

Studies in American Language puts you in the right place to improve your English language skills quickly and easily. You'll be in small classes of international students while interacting with the campus and community to learn more about the culture.

Choose the program that meets your needs.

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