Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)
The University of Texas at Tyler
UT Tyler's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is a self-supporting auxiliary unit within the School of Education in the College of Education and Psychology. The IELI Program assists non-native English speakers to improve their academic English language and American culture skills as well as prepare for university matriculation and success in a global environment. Students can attend classes spanning from one (1) week to an entire semester (16 weeks).
Organized into two eight-week sessions each semester, and one eight-week summer session, the program includes Listening and Speaking; Grammar and Idioms; Reading and Discussion; Writing, Editing and Research; as well as strands focusing on entry level American Classroom Culture and advanced level University Preparation, including training in IELI Levels 5-7 for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college.
The IELI offers optional seminars including test preparation seminars for the TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet Based Test) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) designed for students who wish to become familiar with the testing formats and develop English skills and test-taking strategies, as well as general English language development workshops which aim to fine-tune students’ skills in all domains. In addition, specialty seminars such as English for Business, English for Engineering, English for Health Care Professionals, and English for Tourism and Hospitality are available.
English waivers for admission to The University of Texas at Tyler undergraduate and graduate programs are available for successful completion of the IELI Program. Details are listed below.
IELI team members also reach out to local Tyler residents and beyond through our passport acceptance facility and support international collaborations with community organizations and local K-12 schools, such as UT Tyler's Innovation Academy and the Discovery Science Place.
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Community English Class
The IELI offers a weekly Conversation Corner which is free and open to community members as well as IELI and UT Tyler students for English language skills development.
Conversation Corner is offered every fall and spring semester on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Fall sessions are currently in progress! Come join us in the Annex to build your communication skills.
We hope to see you there!
IELI Special Programs
The IELI offers special programs and workshops available for UT Tyler students, community members and IELI students.
These one-week workshops are designed to improve your English skills and are open to current IELI students, UT Tyler students, scholars, and visitors on B1/B2 tourist visa.
To register, please email the Intensive English Language Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IELI Short-Term Summer Programs
The IELI offers two four-week programs during the summer.
- The “English Language for English Teachers” program is designed to enhance the students’ communicative competency and provide training and practice in the latest ELT methodologies. The program offers 21 hours of study each week for four weeks.
- The “American Language and Culture” program offers language development classes and explores American culture.
Both programs offer opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges and cultural exchanges in the Tyler area.
If you are interested in reserving a spot for one of these opportunities, please contact email@example.com.
How to Apply
To apply to the IELI, please download and complete the application. Follow the link for detailed instructions on how the application and acceptance process works.
Accreditation and Membership
UT Tyler and the IELI
The University of Texas at Tyler is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. Both UT Tyler and the IELI are approved by the U.S. Department of State Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). In addition, the IELI is part of English USA, The American Association of Intensive English Programs, and also recognized by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM).
As part of the university, UT Tyler's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) provides instructional programs critical to UT Tyler's mission, offering current and future international students, scholars and faculty with high-quality English language training and orientation programs. The IELI also offers opportunities for learning, collaboration and research in language acquisition in conjunction with UT Tyler's School of Education, as well as at UT Tyler's Innovation Academy, modeling cutting-edge learning for primary and middle school education.