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Intensive English Language Institute

IELI Program

The IELI Program is organized into two 8-week sessions each semester (168 instructional hours per session).

Intensive English Language Institute 2014-2015 Sessions

Tentative 2014 - 2015 IELI Session Dates
Semester Session 1 (8 weeks) Session 2 (8 weeks)
Spring 2014 ------ 31 March - 23 May 2014
Summer 2014  9 June - 25 July 2014   SUPER INTENSIVE
 Fall 2014  25 August - 17 October 2014  20 October - 19 December 2014
 Spring 2015  12 January - 6 March 2015  To be announced
Tentative 2014-2015 Seminar Dates
Semester *1-3 week seminars are available for an additional fee.
Spring 2014
26 May - 6 June 2014 (2-week TOEFL Preparation Seminar)
Summer 2014 28 July - 15 August 2014 (3-week TOEFL Prep; English for Business; etc.)
Fall 2014 5 - 9 January (1-week English Language Development-ELD)
Spring 2015 9-13 March 2015 (1-week English Language Development-ELD)

The IELI offers seven (7) levels of instruction, based on clock hours, from beginning to advanced levels, ensuring that classes do not exceed an average of 12 students in each. Classes meet five days each week (from Monday-Friday), with daily homework (21 hours weekly). For more information see: IELI Program Dates and Deadlines

  • Level 1: Beginning
  • Level 5: High Intermediate
  • Level 2: High Beginning
  • Level 6: Low Advanced
  • Level 3: Low Intermediate
  • Level 7: Advanced
  • Level 4: Mid Intermediate

*Seminars are not included in levels. 

The IELI runs on a semester system. Each level of instruction consists of two 8-week sessions, typically covered within one 16-week semester. After placement testing occurs, students are placed into proficiency levels (from 1 to 7). Students who progress quickly, may be able to advance to the next level at mid-term (in Fall and Spring).

Entry proficiency for each is described below:

Instructional Level Upon entry, students can:
Level 1: Beginning

Read and write simple English text; answer simple spoken questions;
participate in basic academic tasks with support.

Level 2: High Beginning

Understand passages on common topics, read and write simple
paragraphs, ask and answer a variety of simple questions with support.

Level 3: Low Intermediate Understand longer passages on common topics in more detail, write
more detailed paragraphs, understand, converse, and give short presentations
with some support.
Level 4: Mid Intermediate Understand a variety of mid-intermediate level passages, write short
essays; organize and present academic papers to peers with minimal
support.
Level 5: High Intermediate Understand high-intermediate passages, write multi-paragraph, organized
essays; present academic papers to the class, participate in discussions of
academic topics.
Level 6: Low Advanced Comprehend complex passages, compose organized essays appropriate for
academic topics; participate in scholarly discussions.
Level 7: Advanced Comprehend most academic passages, compose well-organized essays
and research papers suitable for academic purposes; discuss various academic topics, to prepare them for university study.

There are five entry points per year: January, March, June, August, and October. Placement testing occurs the week before each session begins.

REGULAR 8-WEEK SESSION SCHEDULE (ONE SEMESTER CONSISTS OF TWO 8-WEEK SESSIONS)

IELI Class Schedule
Class Day and Time Hours
Listening and Speaking M/W/F 8:00-9:30 4.5 hours/week
Grammar & Idioms M/W/F 10:00-11:30 4.5 hours/week
Writing & Editing/Research M/W/F 2:00-3:30 4.5 hours/week
Reading & Discussion T/TH 9:00-11:15 4.5 hours/week
Support Sessions/Computer Lab T/TH 2:00-3:30 3.0 hours/week
     
  Total weekly hours 21 hours/week
  Total program instructional hours 168 hours (8-week session)

Full-time enrollment for each 8-week session meets for 21 class hours/week (4 classes and lab) resulting in 168 total hours.
Full-time enrollment for each 16-week session meets for 21 class hours/week (4 classes and lab) resulting in 336 total hours included in one of the seven (7) levels of instruction offered at the IELI. Additional field trips are available throughout the semester.

SUPER INTENSIVE SUMMER SESSION SCHEDULE

IELI Class Schedule
Class Day and Time Hours
Listening & Speaking M/W/F 8:00-9:30 4.5 hours/week
Writing & Editing/Research M/W/F 10:00-11:30 4.5 hours/week
Grammar & Idioms M/W/F 1:00-2:30 4.5 hours/week
Reading & Discussion T/TH 9:00-11:15 4.5 hours/week
Support Sessions/Computer Lab T/TH 1:00-2:30 3.0 hours/week
Integrated Language Development M/T/W/TH/F 3:00-6:00 15 hours/week
Language and Cultural Experience (LCE) field trips 6 Saturday LCE field trips throughout the summer session 8 hours/Saturday
     
  Total weekly hours 36 hours/week + 48 LCE hours
  Total program hours 288 instructional hours + 48 LCE = 336 hours

Full-time enrollment for the SUPER INTENSIVE Summer Session meets for 36 class hours/week (4 classes and lab) plus 6 Saturday Language and Cultural Experience (LCE) field trips.

All IELI classes are built on a task-based curriculum with a communicative/eclectic approach. Support sessions are provided twice each week to ensure one-on-one assistance with instructors.

Overview of IELI Classes

Classes are built on a task-based curriculum with a communicative/eclectic approach. The types of activities that are common among the IELI classes are as follows:

• lectures or presentation of lesson
• textbook activities and comprehension checks
• discussion, including group moderated discussion
• small group / pair work
• audio and video recording of presentations
• practice activities, including worksheets, games, interviewing, jigsaw, etc.
• presentation activities, including speeches, panel presentations, PowerPoint
• timed writing, timed reading, and timed speaking activities
• course field trips and other authentic source learning
• community involvement, including campus events and clubs, or volunteering
• computer activities, including online searches and English practice
• individualized feedback, or student-teacher conferences
• homework (preparation or reinforcement of classroom lessons)
• assessment (wide range of methods)

 

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