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English Language Institute

Intensive English Program

Whether you study English to improve your academic success, achieve your career goals, or simply improve your life, ELI's course of study can help. Learn the essentials of grammar and writing; improve listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills; and enhance your vocabulary through reading. With the help of an advisor, students create their own program of study by choosing from the courses listed below and from other courses that may be available. F-1 students must enroll in a minimum of 18 hours per week (4 Intensive English classes).

There are four levels. It may take 7 or 14 weeks to complete each level (6 or 12 weeks in the summer terms).

  • 050 - Advanced Beginner
  • 060 - Low Intermediate
  • 070 - High Intermediate
  • 080 - Advanced

The Curriculum

Grammar and Writing (all levels)

Students learn grammar in the context of their own writing and through controlled exercises from the textbook. Students learn how to correct their mistakes and improve their writing by editing and revising their papers.

Conversation and Listening (all levels)

Students improve conversational fluency and listening comprehension. This class focuses on communicating ideas in English. Audio, video, and reading materials are used for conversation topics and for developing listening skills.

Reading and Vocabulary (all levels)

Students learn different reading strategies and skills to increase vocabulary and reading comprehension. Students read a variety of newspaper and magazine articles, novels and stories, and academic texts to learn how to apply these strategies and skills.


Elective courses:

Vocabulary Building (Intermediate)

This course is designed for intermediate students who wish to acquire basic vocabulary and idioms in everyday conversation as well as the basic academic vocabulary required in college or found on entrance tests.  Not only will the students apply common new vocabulary and idioms to their speaking and writing, but they will also learn how to guess at the meaning of words by their context to improve their reading skills.

Walking Tours of NY (Intermediate)

Students learn to research, organize, and lead tours to various sites around New York City. The students practice speaking, listening, and presentation skills while getting to know the most fascinating aspects of New York.

American Culture Through Film (Intermediate)

Students explore American culture by looking at excerpts from movies and television episodes. Class discussions enable students to practice their speaking skills using the vocabulary introduced in the films.

Pronunciation (Intermediate)

Students learn the basic techniques needed to produce correct sounds. Students are taught how to form consonant and vowel sounds. Individual and common pronunciation problems are addressed. The teacher will show each student how to make accurate sounds and will correct common pronunciation problems. Other students in the class will give feedback as well.

Pronunciation (Advanced)

Students practice the 'music' of English. Students analyze how intonation, or the pitch of their voice, carries meaning. Students also learn the importance of word and sentence stress to being understood. Studying the rhythm of English helps students speak more clearly and fluently.

Idioms (Advanced)

Students increase their English fluency through the mastery of idioms. Students practice idioms by using news reports, radio programs, songs, role play exercises, presentations, magazines, and advertisements.

AMERICAN BUSINESS CULTURE / CASE STUDIES (ADVANCED)

These complementary course will help you understand American business culture and give you a framework for analyzing aspects of that culture.  As a result, you will be equipped to navigate the American business environment, MBA programs, and be better prepared to succeed in your business careers. 

PUBLIC SPEAKING (ADVANCED)

This course is designed for students who wish to improve their overall ability to speak publicly in English in classrooms, meetings, presentations and formal situations. Students aim to gain personal confidence in speaking in front of an audience; to incorporate appropriate and effective body language; to use a wide array of linguistic techniques for presenting, negotiating conversations, and responding to questions; and improve fluency, intonation, and pronunciation.

GRAMMAR FOR SPEAKING AND WRITING (Advanced)

In this course students will focus on problematic grammar areas that may be impeding fluent expression in both English speaking and writing. A special emphasis will be placed on grammatical accuracy for verbal communication in context. This course will look at the functions of verbal communication and identify the grammar needed to communicate within those functions.

TOEFL PREPARATION (ADVANCED)

This course is designed for students who plan to take the iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language. Students will learn the format, typical questions and effective strategies to successfully take the test.  In order to get the necessary exposure to spoken and written English, students will read newspapers and listen to radio/TV weekly.  By the end of the course, students should be able to:

GMAT PREPARATION (ADVANCED)

This course is designed for students who plan to take the Graduate Management Admission Test.  Students will learn the format, typical questions and common tricks found on the test. The course will offer practice in the different sections of the test, including critical reasoning, reading comprehension, data sufficiency, problem-solving and sentence correction. In order to obtain the necessary exposure to spoken and written English, students will read newspapers and listen to radio/TV regularly.

GRE PREPARATION (ADVANCED)

This course is designed for students who plan to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Students will learn the format, typical questions and common tricks found on the test. The course will offer practice in the different sections of the GRE including the Verbal Section, the Quantitative Section, Analytical Writing Section, the Issue Task, and the Argument Task. In order to obtain the necessary exposure to spoken and written English, students will read newspapers and listen to radio/TV regularly.


New York City Campus Tuition Fees

Note that the fee structure is for the IEP Courses: Grammar and Writing, Reading and Vocabulary, Conversation and Listening, Pronunciation, Idioms & Walking Tours in New York.

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