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Intensive English Program

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The Intensive English Program (IEP) welcomes students with English Language levels from beginner to pre-academic. This 3 to 18-month long program focuses on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills while providing a true American college experience. The program is also flexible to accommodate students who would like to come just for the summer months to improve their English skills.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes so you get personal attention 
  • Instructors with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience
  • Our Center for International Education offers comprehensive support before coming to campus, including pre-arrival information, new student orientation, and immigration advisement
  • Airport pick up
  • On-campus housing options
  • Full access to University clubs, activities, resources and services, including the library, student recreation center and health services as well as events and social activities provided by the English Language Institute
  • Conditional Admission is available for students who successfully complete the ELI program, pass an internal exit exam, and meet the Rider University requirements for admission

ELI Session Dates for 2019-2020

Term Arrival Dates Orientation Session Dates
Spring A January 23 January 24-25 January 28-March 15, 2019
Spring B March 19 March 20-21 March 25-May 15, 2019
Summer A May 15 May 16-17 May 20-July 3, 2019
Summer B July 1 July 2-3 July 8-August 20, 2019
Fall A August 28 August 29-30 September 4-October 25, 2019
Fall B October 23 October 24-25 October 28-December 19, 2019
Spring A January 22 January 23-24 January 27-March 14, 2019
Spring B March 17 March 18-19 March 23-May 13, 2020

Curriculum

Grammar

From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Grammar courses prepare students to master basic English sentence structures, practice written and verbal usage of grammar forms and rules, and integrate the function of grammar as it impacts the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills. 

Reading/Writing

From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Reading/Writing courses prepare students to master simple sentence and paragraph structures, develop vocabulary and grammar skills to improve writing, and practice writing academic paragraphs and short essays that respond directly to assigned readings.  

Listening/Speaking

From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Listening/Speaking courses prepare students to develop listening and speaking skills related to themes and ideas introduced in class and assigned text units. TED Talks, interviews, lectures and other genres are used to address authentic language.

Pronunciation

From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Pronunciation courses prepare students with intensive practice in the pronunciation of spoken English focusing on vowels, consonants, rhythm and stress, developing the speaking and listening skills necessary for classroom discussions, and developing the pronunciation and communication skills necessary for participation in academic presentations and college level discourse.

TOEFL Prep

This course is designed for advanced students to provide clearly defined strategies to improve test scores including diagnostic pre and post-tests and exercises for all skills for test preparation. The course focuses on listening, structure, reading, vocabulary, and integrated skills.

GMAT Verbal and Writing

Students will develop test-taking strategies for all English language sections of the GMAT including Intensive Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Critical Reasoning. 

Electives

In the News
This class focuses on listening and speaking fluency as students learn to comfortably discuss current news events and develop their skills in giving speeches and debating their opinion.  Students will have the ability to develop oral fluency, cultural knowledge, pronunciation, and the organization of ideas for better communication. This class is for High Intermediate levels and above.

Current News
This class focuses on reading and writing about current events. Students will learn how to summarize and analyze current events through discussion and formal writing. Students will have the ability to develop organizational skills, cultural and social knowledge, and analytical skills.  

Number of Hours

18 hours per week (part time study is also available for qualified students)


Entrance Requirements

Students are encouraged to submit scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or other language exams, but there are no academic requirements to enter the program.  Students will be placed into an appropriate level determined by an entrance exam.

Start Dates

Six times a year: September, October, January, March, May and July
View the academic calendar.

Costs

Tuition and fees


Sample IEP Student Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Writing Reading Writing Reading
Listening and Speaking Writing Listening and Speaking Writing Listening and Speaking
Lunch
Grammar TOEFL Preparation Grammar TOEFL Preparation Grammar
Pronunciation TOEFL Preparation Pronunciation TOEFL Preparation Pronunciation