The Intensive English Program teaches general academic English and is designed for individuals who want to improve their English for personal or professional reasons.

This includes students who want to improve their English so they can enter a U.S. university. The Intensive English Program is a full-time curriculum of 20 hours per week. Due to COVID-19 and University recommendations, IEI will be offering its courses in two formats in Fall 2020. Some classes will be hybrid. A hybrid class meets partly in-person and partly online with a live Zoom class. In the in-person classes, students will wear masks and be socially distanced from the other students. Online classes will meet entirely online with live Zoom classes. In either format, students will have 20 hours of live classes.

We also work with international universities, businesses, educational agencies, and other University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign units to customize courses for groups of students or professionals with specific English needs.

The IEI believes that the best way for students to learn English is by taking responsibility for their own learning process. As a result, IEI classes teach students both knowledge of English and learning strategies for acquiring the different skills they need. Students participate in a wide range of activities in class that provide them with an interesting and meaningful experience.

The Intensive English Institute can help students develop these skills:

  • Giving formal presentations
  • Writing research papers
  • Notetaking strategies
  • Conversational English – both listening and speaking
  • Reading
  • Letter writing
  • Strategies for listening to TV, radio, movies
  • Computer skills such as PowerPoint
  • Pronunciation
  • Correct grammar usage in speaking and writing
  • Vocabulary development

In all courses, we emphasize:

  • Meaningful communication
  • Learning by doing real-life tasks
  • Integration of skills such as reading/writing, listening/speaking or reading/speaking
  • Students’ responsibility for their own learning
  • Learning strategies for success in skill development
  • Students’ interaction with each other and American culture

Class activities often include:

  • Watching videos
  • Field trips
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Role plays
  • Working in a computer lab
  • Doing group projects

In all levels, students do homework that can include listening, speaking, reading, or writing assignments. These assignments build on what students have been working on in class and enrich their learning experience.