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English Language Institute

Intensive English Program (New York City)

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, you can create your own program of study by choosing from a menu of courses. 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 - Pre-Intermediate
  • 070 - Intermediate
  • 080 - Upper-Intermediate

* Beginner level students may study at the English Language Institute. Refer to Academic Policy

A 3-week Winter Intensive Program is also available.

Course Description

Grammar and Writing

All Levels. Learn grammar in the context of your own writing and through controlled exercises from the textbook. Learn how to correct your mistakes and improve your writing by editing and revising your papers.

Conversation and Listening

All Levels. 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. Learn different reading strategies and skills to increase vocabulary and reading comprehension. 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:

Note: not all Elective courses may be offered every semester.

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 you apply common new vocabulary and idioms to their speaking and writing, but you will also learn how to guess at the meaning of words in their context to improve your reading skills.

Walking Tours of NY

Intermediate. Learn to research, organize, and lead tours to various sites around New York City. Practice speaking, listening, and presentation skills while getting to know the most fascinating aspects of New York.

American Culture Through Film

Intermediate. Explore American culture by looking at excerpts from movies and television episodes. Class discussions enable you to practice your speaking skills using the vocabulary introduced in the films.


Pre-Intermediate. Learn the basic techniques needed to produce correct sounds. You 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.


Advanced. Practice the 'music' of English. Analyze how intonation, or the pitch of your voice, carries meaning. Also learn the importance of word and sentence stress to being understood. Studying the rhythm of English helps you speak more clearly and fluently.


Advanced. Increase your English fluency through the mastery of idioms. Practice idioms by using news reports, radio programs, songs, role play exercises, presentations, magazines, and advertisements.


Advanced. These complementary courses 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 career.


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. Gain personal confidence in speaking in front of an audience; incorporate appropriate and effective body language; use a wide array of linguistic techniques for presenting, negotiating conversations, and responding to questions; and improve fluency, intonation, and pronunciation.


Advanced. 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.


Advanced. This course is designed for students who plan to take the iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Learn the format, typical questions and effective strategies to successfully take the test.


Advanced. This course is designed for students who plan to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Learn the format, typical questions and common tricks found on the test. The course offers practice in the different sections of the test, including critical reasoning, reading comprehension, data sufficiency, problem-solving and sentence correction.


Advanced. This course is designed for students who plan to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Learn the format, typical questions and common tricks found on the test. The course offers 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.


  • Small interactive class
  • Professional native English speaking faculty
  • Academic advisement
  • Certificate available by request
  • Full use of University facilities

Tuition Fees

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Please note that the English Language Institute only accepts online Form I-20 applications for our Intensive and Pre-Academic English programs.

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For more information, please contact the English Language Institute at New York City Campus.

Phone: (212) 346-1562