Summer Intensive 8-Week Program

The IEI summer program is comprised of six proficiency levels. To provide students with maximum flexibility to choose courses which will meet their individual needs and interests, the IEI offers elective courses at the Intermediate through Advanced 2 levels. Levels with fewer than 9 students may be combined. Elective courses are combined for the Intermediate and Advanced levels. The course alignment is shown below:

Instructional Hours

The IEI summer program is comprised of 20 hours of instruction per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesdays are reserved for additional program activities. Course hours for each level are below:

Basic 1
4 hours Reading/Writing
4 hours Listening/Speaking
4 hours Grammar
4 hours Pronunciation
4 hours Everyday Conversation (Fluency Component)
Basic 2
4 hours Reading/Writing
4 hours Listening/Speaking
4 hours Grammar
4 hours Pronunciation
4 hours Everyday Conversation (Fluency Component)
Intermediate 1
6 hours Reading/Writing
6 hours Listening/Speaking
4 hours Grammar
4 hours Elective
Intermediate 2
6 hours Reading/Writing
6 hours Listening/Speaking
4 hours Grammar
4 hours Elective
Advanced 1 and 2
6 hours Reading/Writing (Academic or Everyday track)
6 hours Listening/Speaking (Academic or Everyday track)
4 hours Elective 1
4 hours Elective 2

Summer Program FAQ

1. When do I have classes?

Classes are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a total of 20 contact hours per week. Students cannot pick their class schedule. Schedules are distributed during registration and orientation. There are no classes on most Wednesdays.

2. Why don’t we have classes on Wednesdays?

The IEI wants to encourage students to engage in meaningful co-curricular activities or self-study outside of the classroom. On Wednesdays, students may go on local field trips, participate in study clubs, or work on homework. In the past, many learners preparing for university entrance exams missed class during the summer. We want to encourage all learners to attend regularly scheduled classes and use Wednesdays for additional language study which is meaningful to them.

3. What level of proficiency will I achieve after one full summer session?

By spending adequate time outside of class on homework, by meeting with your language conversation partner, and by participating in co-curricular activities, a significant amount of progress is expected. Individual progress will depend on a variety of factors: your effort, hours of homework completed, language background, facility with learning languages, etc.

4. If I am a continuing IEI student and I take classes in the summer, will I move up to the next level in the fall?

The fall and spring semesters are not equivalent to the IEI’s summer program. The fall and spring semesters have 276 total instructional hours and 263 hours of optional co-curricular activities, whereas the summer session has 164 total instructional hours and 72 hours of co-curricular activities. By spending adequate time outside of class on homework, by meeting with your language conversation partner, and by participating in co-curricular activities, a significant amount of progress is expected.

Every student enrolled in IEI summer program will take an end of course proficiency test which measures current proficiency levels. For returners, these test results will also be used for fall placement. Individual progress will depend on a variety of factors: your effort, hours of homework completed, language background, facility with learning languages, etc. Some returning IEI students will move up to the next level in the fall semester based on proficiency test results. Some returning learners will be placed in an equivalent level from summer to fall.

5. In addition to classes, what other opportunities will I have to practice English?

The IEI offers a variety of academic and cross-cultural programming during the summer. Students can take advantage of the IEI Conversation Partners Program, Wednesday study clubs, field trips, and local community events. The more you participate in these events, the more opportunities you will have to use your English.

6. How much homework will I have every night?

The IEI’s summer program offers a rigorous academic learning experience. Most students attend classes 4-6 hours per day, and complete 2-4 hours of homework each evening. For upper-level academic courses, students will spend additional time out of class preparing written assignments and organizing the annual student-led IEI B.E.S.T. Conference.

7. What is the end of course proficiency test?

Every student enrolled in IEI summer program will take an end of course proficiency test during the last week of class. This test measures current proficiency levels. These results will tell you your overall English proficiency level. For returners, these test results will also be used for fall placement.

8. Do I have to take the end of course proficiency test?

Yes, every student is required to take the proficiency test.

9. Do I have to take the end of course proficiency test even if I am not returning to the IEI in the fall?

Yes. The end of course proficiency test will be used to tell you your overall proficiency and that overall proficiency rating will be sent to you with your final grade report. The test is also used to ensure that the IEI curriculum is rigorous and is helping our students improve their English proficiency.

10. What if I miss the end of course proficiency test and I am returning to the IEI in the fall?

If you missed the end of course proficiency test and you are returning to the IEI in the fall, your placement recommendation from the spring will be used to place you in the fall. If you do not have a placement recommendation from the spring or you think you should move to a higher level, you will need to take the placement test during registration and orientation week.

Please contact the IEI for more information about the IEI Summer Intensive Program: iei@illinois.edu.