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The mission of Program in American Language Studies, New Brunswick (PALS-NB) is to provide high quality English language instruction to non-native English speakers for academic, professional, business, and social/acculturation purposes. PALS-NB strives not only to foster students' language competency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, but also to develop students' cultural understanding of the world at large and in particular, of the United States. Through its activities, PALS-NB aspires to be the brand ambassador for Rutgers International and, assist Rutgers University in paying back to the State and the community.

Program Goals – PALS-NB proposes to accomplish its mission by fulfilling three major goals:

  1. Focus on academic excellence by constantly reviewing and upgrading curricula, methodology and technology in the context of latest research in ESL pedagogy. It is expected that a student graduating from PALS-NB program will have sufficient language skills in the use of English language with adequate understanding of key academic and cultural expectations to participate effectively in an American university classroom. Students who leave before completing the program are expected to have substantially improved their abilities and confidence level to use English for communicative purposes; and to have acquired a better understanding of key aspects of American culture.
  2. Become the brand ambassador for Rutgers International by supporting Rutgers in internationalizing the campus. PALS-NB will do so by actively integrating its very special student population with the rest of Rutgers' international community and by providing support courses in language, communication and culture. It will continue to bring in cohorts of international learners under special programs sponsored by foreign governments, universities and educational organizations. It will initiate and exemplify best practices and traditions for welcoming international students coming to Rutgers.
  3. Support Rutgers University's mission of giving back to the state of New Jersey by organizing customized courses, seminars, workshops and training programs in English language and cross-cultural communication to meet the ESL needs of businesses, government and corporations in and around New Jersey. PALS-NB will achieve this through its reputed Corporate ESL program and the Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Overview of PALS Academic Program

Overview of PALS Intensive English Program

The PALS Intensive English Program provides full-time and part-time English language and cultural instruction at four Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) proficiency levels (ranging from basic user B1 to proficient user C1).

The courses are designed to prepare students that want to enter U.S. colleges, graduate school or overseas professional positions that require extensive use of English.

The intensive program also serves English as a foreign language teachers and provides professional development opportunities to enhance their language instruction through short term study. PALS has successfully hosted professional development programs for middle, high school and university instructors from Japan, China and Brazil.

Instruction at PALS is divided into academic semesters and special summer sessions. Students can enroll and start their PALS experience in any semester. Students must be at least 17 years of age and should have proof of having completed high school.

Our regular academic semesters are 14 weeks long and start in September and January.

Special summer semester is divided into two sessions. Summer (I) session is 5 weeks long while the Summer (II) session is 6 weeks long.

(Updated 3/21/2016)

Levels & Disciplines

Course Levels

Courses and levels at PALS are aligned with the CEFR standards. PALS currently offer coursework in the proficiency levels of A2, B1, B2 and C1. A description of each level is listed below:

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complext situations.


Intermediate High
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a view point on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1 Intermediate Low Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for options and plans.


High Beginner

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Listed below are the alignments of PALS Reading/Writing and Discussion courses with CEFR proficiency levels.


CEFR Proficiency Reading and Writing Courses Discussion Courses



Research, Writing and Presenting

Academic Reading and Writing

America Now


Intermediate High  

 Critical Reading (II) Perspectives (II)
 Critical Reading and Writing (I)  Perspectives (I)
 Essays Reading and Writing  


Intermediate Low  

 Developing Composition Skills (II) Community Quilt 
 Developing Composition Skills (I) Experiencing American Culture 
Introduction to Composition Fast Talk


High Beginner 

Effective Paragraphs   Let’s Chat
  PALS Discussion Boot Camp 
PALS Reading & Writing Boot Camp  


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