Program Description

The Academic English Program (AEPP)  is designed to teach intensive English skills for a 'Academic' purposes to prepare 'Non-Native' speakers of English acquire the academic English skills they need in order to take college courses, or to obtain University degrees in the USA. AEPP is comprised of four fundamental courses which are requirements for all students. Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Academic Listening, and Academic Speaking are the cornerstone of our program. While these skills are taught in an integrated manner, the specific focus of the skills allows students to receive individualized attention on those areas that are the greatest need. 

Program Outcome

Upon Successful Completion of the Academic English Program, Students Will Demonstrate the Ability to:
  1. Interpret textual details and academic terms.
  2. Find , evaluate and cite secondary sources using MLA, APA, and Chicago style conventions in their writing composition.
  3. Compose analytical, and persuasive papers in cogent and coherent prose.
  4. Build knowledge of academic vocabulary and research skills.
  5. Deliver an effective oral presentation
  6. Apply a range of critical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary approaches to a variety of texts.
  7. Work effectively on a team project.
  8. Use application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to respond to academic texts.
  9. Write using standard American English, including correct punctuation, grammar, and syntax.
  10. Identify key terms, academic vocabulary and idiomatic expressions used by professors and other class scholars.
  11. Comprehend the effect of nonverbal cues and prosody features of speech on meaning in lectures and academic conversation.
  12. Utilize technology to aid formal presentations.
  13. Articulate competencies including choice and use of topic, supporting materials, organizational patter, language usage, presentation aids, and delivery.
  14. Locate, evaluate, and utilize information to support claims and arguments in formal presentations.


English for Academic Purpose

For students seeking admission to a college or university in the USA, the Academic English Program (AEPP) provides you with the English language and academic Skills you need to accomplish your goal. Upon successful completion of the program you will receive an official transcript and certificate confirming that you have achieved the English Language proficiency required for admission at Black Hills State University.

Why Black Hills State University Academic English Program?

  • Located in South Dakota, which came in as #6 in safety ranking among 50 states in the USA 
  • Successful matriculation rate 99%
  • Small class, Individualized attention Free one-on-one private tutoring opportunity
  •  Featuring American culture/ outdoor/ Recreational class Cross disciplinary listening activity


Course Description


This course introduces the concepts of culture and intercultural communication. It presents students with core US American values and relates these to important historical events and people. Students actively engage in analyzing, comparing, and contrasting their culture and history with that of the United States. Studies of US American Culture is taught in an interdisciplinary manner. The four language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are integrated in each lesson. Students actively engage in a variety of activities and outings, sharing their insights, stresses, and outlooks of the American culture. Students analyze the content and then present to their peers information about what they have learned through the context of their cultures. 

ACADEMIC READING: 4 hours/week 

This course will help students to improve their reading skills and vocabulary knowledge. Students will develop the skills needed to read and understand a variety of texts. They will also learn techniques and strategies to better understand new vocabulary. This course will also increase students’ awareness of specific grammatical structures frequently found in academic texts.

ACADEMIC WRITING: 4 hours/week 

This course will teach students how to engage in the academic writing process. It will focus on developing students’ awareness of the logical discourse structure of written academic English. Students will learn to write texts which adhere to the expected rhetorical styles of Academic English. This course will also train students to write with grammatical structures which are necessary for academic English writing by applying the grammar of the English language to writing sentences and paragraphs.


This course will teach students how to listen to academic discussions and lectures. Students will be presented with a variety of auditory information. They will learn how to take notes on class lectures. They will be able to identify the organizational structure of a lecture. Students will also be trained to understand technical vocabulary as well as idiomatic phraseology which are frequently used in academic circles.

ACADEMIC SPEAKING: 4 hours/week 

This course will instruct students in giving group and individual presentations. Students will also learn to express opinions, and the necessity of sharing a point of view in American academic circles. Students will engage in group discussions and debates about academic topics. This course also focuses on pronunciation skills and the development of a comprehensible accent when speaking English. It teaches the International Phonetic Alphabet, production of specific segments, as well as the suprasegmental features of English. This is an active course in which students spend the majority of the class time speaking English.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must meet all admission requirements for study at BHSU (please go to
  • No language proficiency is required (No TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS score is needed to enter the program)
  • Limited Number of Admitted Students
  • TO Apply, CLICK HERE!

Program Completion Requirements

Graduation from the Academic English Program(AEPP) requires commitment to course attendance and satisfactory completion of all coursework and exams.  

Program Dates and Times

    • Fall 2016 :  August 22, 2016 to December 14, 2016
    • Spring 2017:  January 9, 2017 to May 5, 2017