Intensive English Language Institute

IELI Program

The IELI Program is organized into two 8-week sessions each semester (168 instructional hours per session), and an intensive 8-week summer session (see information below).

Intensive English Language Institute 2016 Sessions

2016 IELI Session Dates
Semester Session 1 (8 weeks) Session 2 (8 weeks)
Spring 2016 11 January - 4 March 2016 21 March - 13 May 2016
Fall 2016 22 August - 14 October 2016 17 October - 16 December 2016
Summer 2016 30 May - 29 July 2016 --
2016 Seminar Dates
Semester *1-3 week seminars are available for an additional fee.
Spring I 2016 14 - 18 March 2016 (1-week English Language Development-ELD/TOEFL Prep.)
Spring II 2016 23 - 27 May 2016 (1-week English Language Development-ELD/TOEFL Prep.)
Summer 2016 3 - 7 August 2016 (1-week English Language Development-ELD/TOEFL Prep.)

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 12-15 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 follows a standard university semester schedule. Each semester covers one (1) level of instruction and consists of two 8-week sessions occurring within one 16-week semester. There are five entry points per year: January, March, June, August, and October.

Placement testing occurs the week before each session begins. After placement testing occurs, students are placed into proficiency levels from 1 to 7.

Entry proficiency for each level 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
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.

The IELI core curriculum includes courses in listening and speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Newly entering students also take an American culture course to help them adjust to life in the US and on campus. In addition to the core requirements, advanced students (levels 5-7) also take a course in listening and note-taking skills, as well as prepare for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). IELI students must receive a final grade of at least 80% (B) for both 8-week sessions in each of the fall and spring semesters to successfully advance to the next level. Students who make rapid progress may be able to advance to the next level at mid-term during each fall and spring semester.

Admission to UT Tyler requires a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 and 6 or greater in all sub-sections, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53.

Undergraduate students: TOEFL, PTE, AND IELTS scores will be waived for individuals who complete Level 6 of the University of Texas at Tyler Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) with no grade lower than an A or those who complete Level 7 with no grade lower than a B. For specific admissions criteria for UT Tyler, please refer to the International Undergraduate and Graduate Student Admissions descriptions in the UT Tyler Academic Catalog. NOTE: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for TOEFL for The University of Texas at Tyler is 6850.

IELI students are expected to attend all classes and remain in class the entire period. IELI instructors record absences and tardiness daily. Students arriving more than 5 minutes late to class will be counted tardy. Three (3) late arrivals to class are equivalent to one (1) absence. Students with five (5) unexcused absences occurring during one 8-week period may not be allowed to advance to the next level or may be dropped from the IELI classes they are enrolled in without refund of tuition, fees or books.
NOTE: 100% attendance is expected in all Seminar sessions.

Students who have not attended IELI classes for more than one 16-week semester must retake placement exams to receive level placements and new class assignments. Returning IELI students who enter after Friday of the first week of classes may be required to take a placement test and complete any missed classwork before the last day of the second week of classes.


IELI Class Schedule
Class Day and Time Hours
Listening and Speaking M/W/F 9:00-10:30 4.5 hours/week
Grammar M/W/F 10:45-12:15 4.5 hours/week
Language & Culture Education M/W 1:00-2:30 3 hours/week
Reading & Discussion T/TH 9:00-11:15 4.5 hours/week
Writing & Editing/Research T/TH 12:30-2:45 4.5 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 (additional fees may be charged depending on field trip locations). NOTE: Short term English language development experiences are also available for individual students or groups/delegations.

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 lessons
  • 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
  • activities involving interviews conducted in academic departments
  • homework (preparation or reinforcement of classroom lessons)
  • assessment (wide range of methods)