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Maryland - College Park
School:University of Maryland - International Programs

Maryland English Institute Intensive English Program
Students from all over the world study in the MEI intensive English program. Most MEI students are university age,18-28 years old. (You must be at least 18 years old to join our intensive English program).

Program length and structure
The intensive English program is a non-credit program offered three times per year. The fall term (September to December) and the spring term (January to May) are each 14 weeks long. The summer session (late June to the early August) is seven weeks long. Classes meet daily, usually between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, with 21 instructional hours and two hours of a structured extracurricular workshop per week.

The intensive program has 5 levels ranging from beginning to advanced. On the first day of the semester, each new student takes an English language proficiency test called the Maryland English Institute Proficiency Exam (MEIPE).

After completing the MEIPE, students are placed into a level of the program according to their scores.

In the program, students study grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking with a semi-integrated skills curriculum. They take part in many communicative and experiential activities such as discussions, group projects, and service-learning assignments. Students who do the assignments generally make a great deal of progress during the semester.Classes are generally small, with an average of 15 students. The small class size allows lecturers to give students plenty of individual attention and to review assignments very carefully.

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