Intensive English Program

General

Program Description

Who is this program for?

  • Students from all over the world who are at least 18 years old
  • Students who want to improve their English as quickly as possible
  • Students who want an intensive program – 23 hours of instruction per week
  • Students who want to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening

When are the courses offered?

Three times per year – fall, spring, and summer

  • Fall: September to December – 14 weeks
  • Spring: January to May – 14 weeks
  • Summer: June to August – 7 weeks

What is the placement test for the Intensive English program?

  • The placement test has three parts: a writing test, the iTEP exam, and an oral interview.
  • The writing test is a 30-minute essay on a general topic. It is very similar to task 2 on the IELTS writing exam and the Independent task on iBT TOEFL.
  • The iTEP exam is a test of listening, grammar, and reading. (NOTE: you will only take the grammar, listening, and reading portions of the test).
  • The oral interview is an 8-10 minute conversation with two MEI faculty.

What classes can I take in the fall or spring?

  • Five levels of instruction – from beginner to advanced
  • Reading, writing, and grammar – 5 times per week, 3 hours per session
  • Listening and speaking – 4 times per week, 2 hours per session

What classes can I take in the summer?

  • Three levels of instruction – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Integrated English (all skills) – 4 times per week, 3.5 hours per session
  • One extra class – 2 times per week, 2 hours per session
  • Optional extra classes – up to 8 more hours of instruction per week
  • Schedules can be designed to leave Friday, Saturday, and Sunday free

What extra classes can I take in the summer?

  • Preparation for Academic Study
  • Presentations
  • Vocabulary
  • Exam Preparation

What will I learn in the fall and spring?

When you first come to MEI, you will be given a placement test to determine your English level. There are five levels in the fall and spring semesters: 001, 002, 003, 004, and 004C. The lists below show what you will learn to do in each level.

UMEI 001 – Beginning And High Beginning

Reading, Writing, Grammar

  • Read a beginning-level text of at least 500 words
  • Read at a rate of 100 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Make simple statements and questions
  • Use the writing process to find ideas and write a paragraph
  • Write a paragraph of at least 5 sentences in 30 minutes

Listening and Speaking

  • Understand a 2 to 3 minutes listening selection
  • Understand and participate in simple social situations
  • Speak for 1 to 2 minutes on a familiar, personal topic

UMEI 002 – Intermediate I

Reading, Writing, Grammar

  • Read an intermediate level text of at least 500 words
  • Read at a rate of 120 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft a three paragraph essay
  • Write a variety of correct sentence structures
  • Write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences in 30 minutes

Listening and Speaking

  • Understand a 3 to 5 minutes listening selection
  • Understand and participate in a variety of social situations
  • Give a 2 to 4 minutes prepared presentation on a familiar topic

UMEI 003 – Intermediate II

Reading, Writing, Grammar

  • Read an intermediate level text of at least 800 words
  • Read at a rate of 150 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft a 3 to 4 paragraph essay
  • Use modality, clause structure, and passive voice
  • Write a well-built 3 paragraph essay in 50 minutes

Listening and Speaking

  • Understand a 5 to 10 minutes academic listening selection
  • Speak on a range of academic and non-academic topics
  • Make a well-organized 3 to 5 minute prepared a presentation on a social or simple academic topic

UMEI 004 – Intermediate III

Reading, Writing, Grammar

  • Read a low-advanced level text of at least 1000 words
  • Read at a rate of 200 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft a 4 to 5 paragraph essay
  • Better control sentence structure and tense sequences
  • Write a well-built 4 to 5 paragraph essay in 50 minutes

Listening and Speaking

  • Understand a 10 to 15 minutes academic listening selection
  • Effectively participate in and lead a group discussion
  • Speak clearly on a range of academic and non-academic topics
  • Give a well-organized 5 to 7 minute prepared presentation on an academic topic

UMEI 004C – Advanced

Reading, Writing, Grammar

  • Read an advanced level text of at least 1500 words
  • Read at a rate of 250 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft an essay of 5 or more paragraphs
  • Construct writing pieces in a variety of rhetorical forms
  • Write a well-built 5+ paragraph essay in 50 minutes

Listening and Speaking

  • Understand a 15 to 20 minutes academic listening selection
  • Participate effectively in open-ended academic speaking tasks
  • Speak with ever-improving clarity and comprehensibility
  • Give a structured 8 to 10 minute prepared presentation on a well-researched academic topic

What will I learn in the summer?

There are three intensive levels in the summer semester: 011, 012, and 013. You also take from 1 to 3 extra courses (electives). The lists below show what you will learn at each level and in the electives.

UMEI 011 – Elementary

Reading

  • Read a beginning-level text of at least 350 words
  • Read with 70% or better comprehension

Writing

  • Write a paragraph of at least 5 sentences
  • Demonstrate paragraph unity and cohesion

Listening

  • Understand the main ideas and some details of a 2 to 3 minute listening selection on a familiar or personal topic

Speaking

  • Understand and participate in simple social interactions
  • Speak briefly on familiar, personal topics

UMEI 012 – Intermediate

Reading

  • Read an intermediate level text of at least 500 words
  • Read with 70% or better comprehension

Writing

  • Write a unified and coherent three-paragraph essay
  • Develop a topic with a clear claim and supporting evidence

Listening

  • Understand the main idea and some details of a 5 minutes listening selection on a social, simple academic or professional topic

Speaking

  • Participate in group discussions on social, simple academic or professional topics

UMEI 013 – Advanced

Reading

  • Read a low advanced level text of at least 800 words
  • Read with at 70% or better comprehension

Writing

  • Write a unified and coherent five-paragraph essay
  • Advance a thesis with clear claims and relevant evidence

Listening

  • Understand the main idea and most of the details of a 10-12 minute listening selection on an academic or professional topic

Speaking

  • Effectively participate in group discussions on a range of academic, non-academic and professional topics

Summer Electives

The lists below show what you will do in the extra classes that are offered in the summer.

Preparation for Academic Study

  • Practice university-level reading and writing skills
  • Develop advanced fluency skills for academic purposes
  • Practice academic research skills
  • Learn to write strong, clear, and convincing papers
  • Learn to participate in the academic culture of a U.S. university

iBT TOEFL Test Strategies

  • Prepare for the Internet-based TOEFL exam
  • Practice the language and academic skills the TOEFL requires
  • Apply proven test-taking strategies for the iBT TOEFL
  • Work with the most up-to-date, realistic TOEFL practice tests
  • Identify specific TOEFL skills you need to improve and learn techniques to improve those skills

IELTS Exam Preparation

  • Prepare for International English Language (IELTS) exam
  • Practice the language and academic skills the IELTS requires
  • Apply proven test-taking strategies for the IELTS
  • Work with the most up-to-date, realistic IELTS practice tests
  • Identify specific IELTS skills you need to improve and learn techniques to improve those skills

Focus on Conversation

  • Learn the language and rules for English conversations
  • Practice the roles you’re expected to play in conversations
  • Learn to use the special signals used in English conversations
  • Develop your ability to express yourself in everyday situations
  • Get the practice you need to become a more fluent speaker

Focus on Grammar

  • Develop a higher-level understanding of English grammar
  • Experiment with different styles and grammar choices
  • Deepen your knowledge of grammar and idiomatic expressions
  • Improve your accuracy in real-life writing and speaking
  • Identify your need for corrections and stylistic development

Vocabulary

  • Develop effective strategies for making new words part of your long-term memory
  • Get a better understanding of what it means to “know” a word
  • Use online sources to help you understand how to use new words
  • Find out which words are used frequently in academic texts
  • Play fun games that promote vocabulary mastery
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Over the last 10 years, MEI has served more than 2,000 students from 77 different countries, representing 44 different languages. Fewer than 100 students are admitted every semester so that teachers c ... Read More

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