CIEL Program Mission
The mission of Dillard University’s Center for Intensive English Language (CIEL) is to provide international students in pursuit of meaningful language acquisition with a competitive edge on the English Language, American culture, diversification and the skills that are integral to becoming successful students and professionals. The objectives of the CIEL Program are:
To provide students with reading, writing, listening, speaking skills, and cultural awareness.
To cultivate an understanding of the language and study skills necessary for success as academic students in the United States, and especially at Dillard University.
To foster intercultural awareness through meaningful classroom and off-campus experiences.
Placement, Evaluation, and Certificates
Prior to starting the Center for Intensive English Language (CIEL) Program, all in-coming students will be required to take aplacement test. The placement test determines which of the six levels (basic, high beginning, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, advanced) offered, a student will be placed into prior to the start of course sessions. Achievement is measured based on examination scores, homework, lab work, classroom performance, portfolios, and attendance. Student-teacher conferences and mid-term reports assist in evaluating the progress of students. Upon successful completion of all requirements for a session, students receive a Certificate of Achievement. Students who finish Level 6 receive a Certificate of Program Completion, along with a final report/transcript.
Reading & Writing Course
This class aims to engage participants in the writing process. It discusses knowledge and understanding of culture and explores the rhetorical purpose of personal narrative and cultural response. Teaching strategies include individualized, conference-based instruction, peer tutorials, grammar and usage review, and academic and computer training.
Listening & Speaking
While in this course, emphasis will be placed on listening for details, the main idea, as well as making predictions, using contextual clues, pronunciation, and conversation.
This course is designed to introduce students to major periods, movements, and history relevant to American and African American heritage, as well as the culture and history of New Orleans. Through weekly city tours, students will have an opportunity to learn more about the city, the state, and the country.
Voice & Articulation Course
Students will focus on vocal mechanisms, phonetics and related exercises to improve articulation, pronunciation and expressive intonation. This is an adapted course taught by Theater Faculty, directed toward the non-native speaker, with its main purpose being improvement and enhancement of pronunciation.
Students will enhance their aural/oral skills through the listening laboratory where students engage in reading, listening, grammar, and vocal exercises, ultimately increasing their level of English proficiency.
All transportation to and from the airport will be arranged by the CIEL exchange coordinator. The exchange coordinator will be responsible for picking up all participants from the airport on the day of their arrival.
Participants will be housed on campus. If requested, they may each be provided with a domestic English speaking roomate (depending on availabilty) to maximize their immersion experience.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to students throughout their stay. Participants will need to alert the exchange coordinator of any dietary restrictions to ensure that arrangements are made in the cafeteria prior to arrival.
All participants will receive one pillow, a towel, a set of sheets, and a blanket upon arrival.
(Discussed above) Below is a list of the cultural enrichment activities that teachers will particiapate in:
Historic New Orleans Tour – Treme – River Front, Walking Tour of French Quarter, visiting key sites, landmarks, and historic markers to orientate them to the national and international historic value of New Orleans. Start - Café du Monde.
Historic World War II Meusem – Features exhibits and interactive experiences. Real life sized planes, ships, tanks and other vital machinery in unprecedented numbers are available for viewing. Participants also have an opportunity to experience a 4D movie. Beyond All Boundaries, created exclusively for The National WWII Museum, is a unique and powerful 4-D cinematic experience available nowhere else in the world. Created and crafted with 21st-century technology and utilizing a 120-feet wide immersive screen, the production plunges viewers into the 20th-century’s most titanic struggle
Historic French Quarter - From the elegant hotels and restaurants to the fantastic music clubs, shopping and more. All are found here in the historic New Orleans French Quarters.
New Orleans Area Plantations - Plantations were once the mainstays of a regional agrarian economy, as well as the bastions of a genteel.
New Orleans Cemeteries- Only in New Orleans could cemeteries be major tourist attractions
Public Parks and Squares- Parks and gardens of New Orleans are great historic places to tour.
Historic Homes and Buildings- From graceful verandas to elegant parlors, New Orleans' historic homes and buildings are architectural treasures.
Churches of Historical/Architectural Interest- Explore New Orleans’ spiritual gems: monumental places of worship, extraordinary history, and incomparable imagery.