For Intensive English Students

Who is this Program for?

  • students from all over the world who are at least 18 years old
  • students who want to improve their English as quickly as possible
  • students who want an intensive program – 23 hours of instruction per week
  • students who want to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening

When are Courses Offered?

  • three times per year – fall, spring, and summer
  • Fall: September to December – 14 weeks
  • Spring: January to May – 14 weeks
  • Summer: June to August – 7 weeks
  • See the current class schedule

What is the placement test for the Intensive English Program?

  • The placement test has three parts: a writing test, the iTEP exam, and an oral interview
  • The writing test is a 30-minute essay on a general topic. It is very similar to task 2 on the IELTS writing exam and the Independent task on iBT TOEFL.
  • The iTEP exam is a test of listening, grammar, and reading. You can find out more about the test here: itepexam website (NOTE: you will only take the grammar, listening, and reading portions of the test).
  • The oral interview is an 8-10 minute conversation with two MEI faculty

What Classes Can I Take In The Fall Or Spring?

  • five levels of instruction – from beginner to advanced
  • reading, writing, and grammar – 5 times per week, 3 hours per session
  • listening and speaking – 4 times per week, 2 hours per session

What Classes Can I Take In The Summer?

  • three levels of instruction – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • integrated English (all skills) – 4 times per week, 3.5 hours per session
  • one extra class – 2 times per week, 2 hours per session
  • optional extra classes – up to 8 more hours of instruction per week
  • schedules can be designed to leave Friday, Saturday, and Sunday free

What Extra Classes Can I Take in the Summer?

  • Preparation for Academic Study
  • iBT TOEFL Test Strategies
  • IELTS Exam Preparation
  • Focus on Conversation
  • Focus on Grammar
  • Vocabulary

What Does the Program Cost?

Visit the Dates and Costs page for detailed cost information, including tuition and fees, together with help in estimating living expenses.

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How Can I Apply?

What Will I Learn in the Fall and Spring?

When you first come to MEI, you will be given a placement test to determine your English level. There are five levels in the fall and spring semesters: 001, 002, 003, 004, and 004C. The tables below show what you will learn to do in each level.

UMEI 001 – Beginning and High Beginning

Reading, Writing, Grammar
  • Read a beginning level text of at least 500 words
  • Read at a rate of 100 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Make simple statements and questions
  • Use the writing process to find ideas and write a paragraph
  • Write a paragraph of at least 5 sentences in 30 minutes
Listening and Speaking
  • Understand a 2 to 3 minute listening selection
  • Understand and participate in simple social situations
  • Speak for 1 to 2 minutes on a familiar, personal topic

UMEI 002 – Intermediate I

Reading, Writing, Grammar
  • Read an intermediate level text of at least 500 words
  • Read at a rate of 120 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft a three paragraph essay
  • Write a variety of correct sentence structures
  • Write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences in 30 minutes
Listening and Speaking
  • Understand a 3 to 5 minute listening selection
  • Understand and participate in a variety of social situations
  • Give a 2 to 4 minute prepared presentation on a familiar topic

UMEI 003 – Intermediate II

Reading, Writing, Grammar
  • Read an intermediate level text of at least 800 words
  • Read at a rate of 150 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft a 3 to 4 paragraph essay
  • Use modality, clause structure, and passive voice
  • Write a well-built 3 paragraph essay in 50 minutes
Listening and Speaking
  • Understand a 5 to 10 minute academic listening selection
  • Speak on a range of academic and non-academic topics
  • Make a well-organized 3 to 5 minute prepared presentation on a social or simple academic topic

UMEI 004 – Intermediate III

Reading, Writing, Grammar
  • Read a low-advanced level text of at least 1000 words
  • Read at a rate of 200 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft a 4 to 5 paragraph essay
  • Better control sentence structure and tense sequences
  • Write a well-built 4 to 5 paragraph essay in 50 minutes
Listening and Speaking
  • Understand a 10 to 15 minute academic listening selection
  • Effectively participate in and lead a group discussion
  • Speak clearly on a range of academic and non-academic topics
  • Give a well-organized 5 to 7 minute prepared presentation on an academic topic

UMEI 004C – Advanced

Reading, Writing, Grammar
  • Read an advanced level text of at least 1500 words
  • Read at a rate of 250 words per minute
  • Read with at least 70% comprehension
  • Use the writing process to draft an essay of 5 or more paragraphs
  • Construct writing pieces in a variety of rhetorical forms
  • Write a well-built 5+ paragraph essay in 50 minutes
Listening and Speaking
  • Understand a 15 to 20 minute academic listening selection
  • Participate effectively in open-ended academic speaking tasks
  • Speak with ever improving clarity and comprehensibility
  • Give a structured 8 to 10 minute prepared presentation on a well-researched academic topic

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What Will I Learn in the Summer?

There are three intensive levels in the summer semester: 011, 012, and 013. You also take from 1 to 3 extra courses (electives). The tables below show what you will learn in each level and in the electives.

UMEI 011 – Elementary

Reading
  • Read a beginning level text of at least 350 words
  • Read with 70% or better comprehension
Writing
  • Write a paragraph of at least 5 sentences
  • Demonstrate paragraph unity and cohesion
Listening
  • Understand the main ideas and some details of a 2 to 3 minute listening selection on a familiar or personal topic
Speaking
  • Understand and participate in simple social interactions
  • Speak briefly on familiar, personal topics

UMEI 012 – Intermediate

Reading
  • Read an intermediate level text of at least 500 words
  • Read with 70% or better comprehension
Writing
  • Write a unified and coherent three-paragraph essay
  • Develop a topic with a clear claim and supporting evidence
Listening
  • Understand the main idea and some details of a 5 minute listening selection on a social, simple academic or professional topic
Speaking
  • Participate in group discussions on social, simple academic or professional topics

UMEI 013 – Advanced

Reading
  • Read a low advanced level text of at least 800 words
  • Read with at 70% or better comprehension
Writing
  • Write a unified and coherent five-paragraph essay
  • Advance a thesis with clear claims and relevant evidence
Listening
  • Understand the main idea and most of the details of a 10-12 minute listening selection on an academic or professional topic
Speaking
  • Effectively participate in group discussions on a range of academic, non-academic and professional topics

Summer Electives

The table below shows what you will do in the extra classes that are offered in the summer.

Preparation for Academic Study
  • Practice university level reading and writing skills
  • Develop advanced fluency skills for academic purposes
  • Practice academic research skills
  • Learn to write strong, clear, and convincing papers
  • Learn to participate in the academic culture of a U.S. university
iBT TOEFL Test Strategies
  • Prepare for the Internet-based TOEFL exam
  • Practice the language and academic skills the TOEFL requires
  • Apply proven test-taking strategies for the iBT TOEFL
  • Work with the most up-to-date, realistic TOEFL practice tests
  • Identify specific TOEFL skills you need to improve and learn techniques to improve those skills
IELTS Exam Preparation
  • Prepare for International English Language (IELTS) exam
  • Practice the language and academic skills the IELTS requires
  • Apply proven test-taking strategies for the IELTS
  • Work with the most up-to-date, realistic IELTS practice tests
  • Identify specific IELTS skills you need to improve and learn techniques to improve those skills
Focus on Conversation
  • Learn the language and rules for English conversations
  • Practice the roles you’re expected to play in conversations
  • Learn to use the special signals used in English conversations
  • Develop your ability to express yourself in everyday situations
  • Get the practice you need to become a more fluent speaker
Focus on Grammar
  • Develop higher level understanding of English grammar
  • Experiment with different styles and grammar choices
  • Deepen your knowledge of grammar and idiomatic expressions
  • Improve your accuracy in real-life writing and speaking
  • Identify your need for corrections and stylistic development
Vocabulary
  • Develop effective strategies for making new words part of your long-term memory
  • Get a better understanding of what it means to “know” a word
  • Use online sources to help you understand how to use new words
  • Find out which words are used frequently in academic texts
  • Play fun games that promote vocabulary mastery

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