English schools in the USA and Canada
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.
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
Grammar and Writing:
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:
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:
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.
Pronunciation - Consonants and Vowels:
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.
TOEFL Preparation (6 Hours)
Pronunciation - Intonation, Stress, and Rhythm:
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.
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.
Walking Tours of NY (Summer Only):
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.
TOEFL and GMAT Preparation:
Students learn the formats of the new iBT(Internet-based test) exams. Students practice test-taking strategies, time management and guessing techniques using past exams and simulated exams. Students review English grammar and vocabulary. (GMAT includes math review.)
Students develop skills and strategies for writing the TOEFL essay. The skills students will learn include decoding the topics, speed outlining, development of ideas, introductory paragraphs, unified support paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, transitions, editing and sentence structure. Through weekly written assignments, students will become more comfortable and confident working within the 30-minute time frame.