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  Spring has a professionally-designed curriculum and a variety of excellent programs to meet the needs of our international students. Click on any link below to learn more. If you have questions, please CONTACT US by phone, fax, or email. 

OUR MISSION:  "Spring International Language Center (SILC) is a professional, academic organization that provides English language training and cross-cultural education.
    As an institution, we strive for quality and integrity in an environment which treats both teachers and students with respect. We endeavor to understand and appreciate the students' cultural differences and to enhance their ability to function effectively across cultures. We believe in encouraging the language acquisition and personal progress of students through an atmosphere of support, openness, and understanding."

          SPRING'S CURRICULUM  (below) Learn about our program, levels, classes, and schedule.
     INTENSIVE ENGLISH Study intensive academic English full-time or part-time.
      Admission to colleges / universities Find out about college acceptance, conditional admission, and Spring's partner schools.
     SPECIAL PROGRAMS Spring can design a special program for individual or group study.  Please CONTACT US and tell us your needs.
      EXECUTIVE ENGLISH Programs by special arrangement for executives or groups.
We offer special programs in test preparation for the GMAT and GRE, as well as classes in our regular intensive program to prepare students for the TOEFL and IELTS tests.
      (by special arrangement)
Contact us to arrange a fun winter or summer vacation+English program for your group.

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SPRING has 6 levels of study, plus a "Pre-1 Basic" level when needed. 


Students take core classes (see chart on left), plus twice-a-week enrichment "module" classes in levels 1-5.  In some levels, reading and writing are taught together. 
Modules, which vary from term to term to meet student needs, allow students to practice skills learned in the core classes.  Some recent module classes include:
  • Advanced Discussion
  • Business English
  • Conversation
  • Debate
  • Grammar and Writing
  • Idioms
  • Newspaper
  • Phonics
  • Speaking and Spelling
  • Test Prep - IELTS and TOEFL
  • Vocabulary

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Students at this level have very little background in English.  This level prepares students to understand basic English so that they can succeed in level 1 of our program.  The pre-1 level is offered as needed at our Colorado schools.




Students at this level must be able to write the English alphabet and numbers. Students in Level 1 focus on basic sight vocabulary and building reading fluency through sound/symbol correspondence. Writing includes work on basic sentence structure, paragraph form and punctuation. Grammar emphasizes simple and compound sentences in present, present continuous, and past tenses and the formation of questions in these tenses. In listening/speaking, students practice language appropriate for classroom interaction and limited conversation with native speakers.




Students build on reading skills learned in Level 1 to increase vocabulary, speed and fluency. They also begin to draw conclusions about and summarize orally what they have read. In writing, students expand paragraphs and begin to combine paragraphs into longer compositions. Grammar adds future and past progressive tenses, comparatives, gerunds and infinitives, and direct and indirect objects. Complex sentences with adverb clauses are introduced. A Level 2 student should be able to engage hesitatingly in social and academic conversation.




Students at this level concentrate on critical reading skills and move away from simply decoding. Students write longer compositions that have English style and form with thesis statements and more development of their ideas. Complex sentence structure, perfect tenses, and modals are emphasized in grammar. Students begin to work on aural comprehension and speaking in authentic situations where language is less controlled for speed and vocabulary.




Students at this level have an average command of English. Sentence structure is under fair control with only occasional obscurity of meaning. In both reading and writing, students will use critical reasoning skills to give opinions and interpret new ideas. Grammar at this level begins to focus on integrating all the structures learned into a coherent whole. With the addition of noun clauses and passives, students have been introduced to almost all of the structures in English. Using authentic materials, students gain fluency, grammatical accuracy, and sophistication in listening and speaking.




Students in Level 5 have an above average command of English as evidenced in ease of reading and writing. Compositions show an identifiable progression of ideas with adequate support. Punctuation, capitalization, and spelling should be good with only occasional errors. Grammar show a command of tenses and clause structure in addition to using modals, gerunds, infinitives, and conditionals. Students should understand lectures and conversation with little difficulty and speak fluently with only occasional idiomatic imprecision.




Students at the completion of Level 6 should have a good command of English. The skill areas are integrated so that students see the language as a whole. They should read and write with ease in an interesting style with good organization and support of ideas. The focus on grammar is on self-editing and usage in the studentís own writing and speaking. Students will learn research skills to aid in their transition to college and university classes. Vocabulary should be expressive with few errors in parts of speech. Advanced students should be able to interact comfortably and effectively with native speakers in most situations inside and outside the classroom.


NOTE:  If you come to Spring from a different intensive English school, our levels may be completely different than theirs.  You will be given a series of assessments during the first-day orientation to place you in the best level to ensure your success at Spring.



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