China – English Programs – Weekend Enhancement Program

Weekend Enhancement Program


In addition to the academic challenges students face at university, international students must also confront the daunting task of adjusting to American life and customs. ELS Shanghai’s Weekend Enhancement Program (WEP) complements our University Preparation Program with a series of courses that seek to build language, academic and cultural skills through an exploration of American literature, culture and history. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about the United States while targeting areas of language and academic skills that need development, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

WEP classes run Saturday and Sunday, morning and afternoon. In order to accommodate Shanghai students’ busy weekday schedules, they may choose to attend any combination of classes that suits their needs and interests.

Program Profile

Number of Levels
3 levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Number of Classes per Week
4 classes (125 minutes per class)
Number of Weeks per Session
Two 18 to 20-week sessions run from September through June
Course Curriculum
All key language skills and elements are addressed: speaking, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading and writing while learning about American culture and academic expectations.
Number of Start Dates Annually
Start at any time! WEP classes are not available during the summer (July and August).
Maximum Number of Students per Class 12 students

Sample Schedule


9:40-12:00 Reading
13:00-15:20 Writing


9:40-12:00 Speaking
13:00-15:20 Listening