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Online Intensive English Program

 Program Description

The Online Intensive English Program is offered through Lower Columbia College International Programs and Continuing Education. It is a fully online, self-paced course designed to help students prepare to study at college-level in the USA. The program covers all levels of English learners, from beginning to college-ready. 

 Program Highlights

  • There are 23 English learning modules covering beginner to advanced reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • As students advance from Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels they will be awarded certificates of completion.
  • The self-paced program is supported by a Master's level, TESOL coach providing feedback and coaching along the way.
  • Students will have weekly opportunities to practice English with native speakers via virtual "Conversation Cafés."
  • Students can move through as many modules as they like during the quarter, for a cost of only $500.
  • The program is designed to prepare students to take the DuoLingo English Test upon completion of the final module. DuoLingo is accepted for admission by over 2000 institutions, including Lower Columbia College.
  • If native-language help is needed, we have native Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese speakers to assist.
  • This is a great way to prepare for study in the USA, and to improve English proficiency and initial English placement. 
  • Students will get out of this program what they put into it. Student outcomes and progress through the program will vary.


Frances Hearn
Frances Hearn, MA

Meet Your Instructor

Frances Hearn has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for several years. She has a Master’s in Education in TESOL from Seattle University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Drama from California Institute of the Arts. She grew up on the East Coast but spent most of her adult life in California and the Pacific Northwest.  She enjoys the outdoors, especially kayaking, swimming, and hiking in the woods with her dogs. Frances is also an actor and director, she enjoys the stage, film, and books. She loves incorporating drama and speech activities into the classroom experience. She welcomes you to Lower Columbia College!

 Program Dates and Deadlines

Registration Deadline
Program Dates
Fall Quarter 2020 September 18  September 21 - December 10
Winter Quarter 2021 December 18 January 4 - March 18
Spring Quarter 2021 April 2 April 5 - June 17


Program Registration Cost

Program cost: $500 USD per quarter 

  • Students can register for as many or as few quarters as they like, and can go at their own pace.
  • The $500 registration fee is due upon registration. Once your application is received, you will be provided instructions about how to pay via FlyWire, which is a secure way to send international bank wires, credit card payments, and offers a competitive exchange rate.

Refund Policy: Written notice must be received 3 business days prior to the program start date (Pacific Time) to receive a refund.

  • Refunds are issued automatically if a program is closed or canceled.
  • All refunds are issued back via the same method they were paid.
  • The last day to withdraw and request a refund is three business days from the start of the program

How to Register

In order to access this online program, students should have a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone, video camera, and a steady internet connection.

  1. Fill out the Online, Intensive English registration form:
  2. Submit $500 payment via FlyWire (if paying within the USA, please email and we can assist):
  3. Once your registration form and payment are received, we will process your registration, which will take about 2-3 business days. You will then receive an email with your Lower Columbia College student ID number and email address. We will then schedule an orientation to show you how to log-in and get started.

 Frequently Asked Questions

This is a self-paced program. Students can spend as little or as much time on it as they like per week. 
DuoLingo is an online test for English proficiency that is accepted by many Colleges and Universities. You can learn more about the exam on the DuoLingo Website.
No, this is not a program for credit. 
Yes, our online platform is CANVAS, which students are able to access from China. 
No, books are not required. 
Students should have a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone and a camera, as well as a stable internet connection. 

No. Because this program is online, no visa is required. 
At the successful completion of the entire program, students will take the DuoLingo exam and score a 9 or higher, they will receive a "Certified Certificate of Completion".
Individual assignments will be graded, and grades will be used to measure progress through the program. However, grades will not be given for the program as a whole.
No, it is not recommended to complete the program using a phone.
No, the program is designed to allow all students to start from the beginning. Students will be able to go through the program quickly until they reach their level of proficiency. Each module builds upon the one before.
Students can re-enroll for the following quarter and continue their progression through the program.
Students will need to progress through the program in order. Each lesson builds upon the last, so students must complete one to move to the next.
Students will be most successful in this program if they have at least a basic English proficiency. This program is not a good fit for absolute beginners.

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