Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program students
  • Level: For beginner to high-advanced speakers of English
  • Full-time Application Deadline: Fall 2017: July 7, 2017 | Spring 2018: November 17, 2017
  • Phone: 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564
  • Email: esl@umn.edu
  • Office: 20 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Costs

Welcome! You can improve your English skills in a fun, supportive community through the Intensive English Program (IEP).

Program highlights:

  • Full-time classes (typically 25 hours per week)
  • Friendly, experienced teachers
  • Advising and support services designed for international students
  • Access to the University's many resources and facilities 
  • An urban campus in a beautiful, safe, and culturally diverse city with lots to do and explore

Courses

For registration information, contact us by email or phone: esl@umn.edu; 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564.

Beginning Grammar 
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 010
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 005 

Students will develop English grammar skills by focusing on the meaning, form, and use of basic grammar structures in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Major topics include nouns, articles and quantifiers, pronouns, possessive and descriptive adjectives, prepositions, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, simple present and past verb tenses, accurate use of adverbs, time expressions, and time clauses. With significant support from the instructor, students will complete sentence-level writing assignments, short controlled speaking assignments, and tests.

High Beginning Grammar 
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 110
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 105

Students will refine and extend English grammar skills by focusing on the meaning, form, and use of basic grammar structures in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Major topics include modals, nouns, articles and quantifiers, pronouns, direct and indirect objects, gerunds and infinitives, possessive and descriptive adjectives, prepositions, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, present, past, and future verb tenses, and accurate use of adverbs, time expressions, and time clauses. With support from the instructor, students will complete sentence and paragraph-level writing assignments, controlled speaking assignments, and tests.

Intermediate Grammar
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 210 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 205

Students will add to the range and accuracy of their English grammar skills by focusing on the meaning, form, and use of basic and more complex grammar structures in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Major topics include modals, phrasal verbs, nouns, articles and quantifiers, pronouns, gerunds and infinitives, comparative and superlative adjectives, a review of present and past verb tenses, present perfect, present perfect progressive, and accurate use of adverbs, time expressions, and time clauses. With some support from the instructor, students will complete sentence and paragraph-level writing assignments, controlled speaking assignments, and tests.

Advanced Grammar
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 310
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 305

Students will review basic grammar skills and start to develop their understanding and control of complex grammar structures by focusing on their meaning, form, and use in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Major topics include nouns, articles and quantifiers, phrasal verbs, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, transitions and other connectors, a review of present and past verb tenses, present perfect and present perfect progressive tense, and accurate use of adverbs, time expressions, and time clauses. Students will complete paragraph-level writing assignments, recorded speaking assignments, and tests that require increasing levels of independent production.

High Advanced Grammar 
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 410
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 405 

Students will solidify their control over a range of basic and complex grammar structures by focusing on their meaning, form, and use in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Major topics include phrasal verbs, past modals, lexical patterns, noun clauses, conditionals, connectors, and control of tense and aspect with tense shifting and accurate use of adverbs, time expressions, and time clauses. Students will complete paragraph-level writing assignments, recorded speaking assignments, and tests that require independent and accurate use of a range of complex grammatical options.

For registration information, contact us by email or phone: esl@umn.edu; 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564.

Beginning Reading and Composition
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 020 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 015

Students will develop skills and strategies for reading short adapted texts and writing sentences and multi-draft short descriptive paragraphs in English. Students will apply basic strategies with the instructor’s support to read a variety of short and simplified texts. Students will learn the fundamentals of writing at the sentence and basic paragraph level. The instructor will support students in developing basic vocabulary and using language accurately in simple sentences. This course is intended for students with some prior English and is not for true beginners.

High Beginning Reading and Composition
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 120
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 115 

Students will develop skills and strategies for reading short adapted texts and writing multi-draft papers of one or more paragraphs in English. Students will apply reading strategies and demonstrate comprehension and analysis of adapted texts. Students will also engage in extensive reading and discuss readings. In addition, students will complete informal writing assignments and 2-3 multi-draft papers of one or more paragraphs. With the instructor’s support, students will work on developing ideas and organization as well as accurate grammar and vocabulary in writing.

Intermediate Reading and Composition
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 220 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 215

Students will develop skills and strategies for reading adapted and simple authentic texts and writing 2-3 multi-draft papers of one or more paragraphs and one essay in English. Students will apply reading strategies and demonstrate comprehension and analysis of course readings. Students will also engage in extensive reading and discuss readings. In writing, students will work on paragraph and essay development and improving their vocabulary and grammatical accuracy in formal writing assignments. Students will also develop fluency and demonstrate reading comprehension through informal writing assignments.

Advanced Reading and Composition
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 320 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 315

Students will develop skills and strategies for reading adapted and simple authentic college-level texts and writing multi-draft essays in English. Students will apply reading strategies and demonstrate comprehension and analysis of course readings. Students will also engage in extensive reading and discuss readings. Students will work on essay development, paraphrasing and summarizing, and incorporating and citing sources. Students will progress from developing paragraphs to developing academic essays using effective patterns of organization and will complete informal writing assignments.

High-Advanced Reading and Composition
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 420 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 415 

Students will develop skills and strategies for reading authentic college-level texts and writing multi-draft essays in English. In this course students will read essays and articles on a variety of topics from multiple sources and engage in extensive reading. Students will improve their ability to apply reading strategies, analyze and critique support, and use critical thinking to respond with their own ideas in writing and discussion. In multi-draft essays, students will use effective organization to accomplish specific purposes as writers. Students will also develop informal writing skills.

Academic Writing
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 921 

This course meets with ESL 3302. Designed for students who are non-native speakers of English, this course focuses on foundational writing skills and emphasizes the writing process--developing ideas, drafting, revising, and editing. Guided textual analyses of readings are used to develop writing skills through the close examination of strategies employed by accomplished writers. Through ongoing, active participation, students learn to (1) match writing to audience and purpose, (2) produce different genres of academic writing, (3) incorporate source material into writing, and (4) critique their writing and that of others. Gains in basic writing skills culminate in students’ ability to transfer acquired skills into discipline-specific writing. Through development of personal voice and an appreciation for the importance of the credibility of the writer, students also learn to recognize and avoid plagiarism. Problems with sentence structure, lexical grammar, and diction are addressed individually.

Research Writing for the University
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 941 

This course meets with 3402. This course enables students to develop the methods of citation, conventions of style and organization, and critical reading and thinking skills necessary for writing college-level research papers. Students select topics derived from a contemporary academic theme provided by the instructor and, applying a process approach, produce a research paper. Students will learn to use the library effectively and will learn about writing resources on campus such as Peer Research Consultants and Student Writing Support. Problems with structure and vocabulary usage are addressed individually.
 

For registration information, contact us by email or phone: esl@umn.edu; 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564.

Beginning Oral Skills
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 030
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 025

Students will begin to develop skills and strategies for listening to adapted general content and for speaking in basic conversations, discussions, and short presentations on familiar topics in English. The instructor will support students in using very basic phrases to communicate in classroom and social interactions and pair and small group discussions and in delivering individual informative presentations with personal examples as support. The instructor will also help students to identify topic, main ideas, and important details of listening material. With significant support from the instructor, students will use clear pronunciation, level-appropriate vocabulary, and level-specific grammar accurately. This course is intended for students with some prior English and is not for true beginners.

A significant part of the summer course will include using new language skills to interact with native speakers beyond the classroom through a series of field trips in which students explore U.S. and local culture and develop critical thinking skills. 

High Beginning Oral Skills
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 130 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 125 

Students will continue developing skills and strategies for listening to general and adapted academic content and for speaking in conversations, discussions, and short presentations on familiar topics in English. The instructor will support students in using a variety of phrases to communicate in classroom interactions, small talk, and pair and small group discussions and in delivering individual informative presentations with personal and general examples as support. The instructor will also help students identify main ideas and important details and develop active listening skills. With support from the instructor, students will use clear pronunciation, level-appropriate vocabulary, and level-specific grammar accurately. 

A significant part of the summer course will include using new language skills to interact with native speakers beyond the classroom through a series of field trips in which students explore U.S. and local culture and develop critical thinking skills.

Intermediate Oral Skills
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 230 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 225 

Students will continue developing skills and strategies for listening to general and adapted academic content and for speaking in conversations, discussions, and presentations on familiar general and academic topics in English. With the instructor’s support, students will use a variety of phrases to communicate in classroom interactions and small talk. The instructor will support students in communicating in small group discussions and in delivering individual informative presentations with personal and general examples as support. Students will also develop inferencing and active listening skills. With support from the instructor, students will use clear pronunciation, level-appropriate vocabulary, and level-specific grammar accurately. 

A significant part of the summer course will include using new language skills to interact with native speakers beyond the classroom through a series of field trips in which students explore U.S. and local culture and develop critical thinking skills.

Advanced Oral Skills
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 330 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 325

Students will continue developing skills and strategies for listening to adapted and simple authentic academic content and for speaking in discussions and presentations on simple academic topics in English. The instructor will support students in participating in small group discussions and in delivering individual and group informative and/or persuasive presentations with a variety of evidence as support. The instructor will also help students paraphrase and summarize listening material and evaluate a speaker’s reasoning and support. Students will develop inferencing and active listening skills. With support from the instructor, students will use clear pronunciation, level-appropriate vocabulary, and level-specific grammar accurately. 

A significant part of the summer course will include using new language skills to interact with native speakers beyond the classroom through a series of field trips in which students explore U.S. and local culture and develop critical thinking skills.

High Advanced Oral Skills
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 430 
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 425 

Students will continue developing skills and strategies for listening to authentic academic content and for speaking in discussions and presentations on academic topics in English. Students will be supported in leading small group discussions and will independently deliver consistently fluent, logical, unified, and coherent individual and group informative and/or persuasive presentations with a variety of evidence as support. Students will independently paraphrase, summarize, and synthesize listening material, and the instructor will help students evaluate a speaker’s reasoning and support. Students will independently make inferences, apply active listening strategies, and use clear pronunciation, level-appropriate vocabulary, and level-specific grammar accurately. 

A significant part of the summer course will include using new language skills to interact with native speakers beyond the classroom through a series of field trips in which students explore U.S. and local culture and develop critical thinking skills.

Academic Speaking
15-week fall or spring course: Register for ESL 931 

This course meets with ESL 3602. The goal of this course is to help non-native speakers of English who are already at the advanced level develop the skills needed to participate in American academic interactions at the university level of various types: presentations, group presentations, seminar-style discussions, and informal exchanges. Students will learn to present themselves professionally and socially in academic settings with accuracy, variety, and flexibility. They will learn to organize and outline academic presentations, present information clearly and effectively, explain concepts and processes from their academic field, involve audience members and respond to questions, and monitor and improve their spoken fluency, grammar, and pronunciation.

Pronunciation Improvement
7-week summer course: Register for ESL 950 

This course meets with ESL 3550. Pronunciation Improvement is designed for advanced non-native English speaking students who want to polish their pronunciation skills in English. In order to improve students’ ability to understand and pronounce English, a variety of areas of pronunciation will be covered while paying special attention to individual difficulties. Students will also be equipped with techniques to practice pronunciation improvement on their own. Topics covered include word stress, sentence stress, rhythm, intonation, linking, understanding fast speech, and pronunciation of sound combinations.

The following elective courses are offered in the fall or spring. For registration information, contact us by email or phone: esl@umn.edu; 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564.

Current Issues in the Media (ESL 900)
This course is open to full-time or part-time students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at level 3 or above. It is an integrated-skills class with an emphasis on reading, vocabulary enrichment, and discussion. The goal of this course is to help students improve their ability to read in English, especially authentic media material, and to understand, discuss, analyze, and think critically about issues in the media. Students develop vocabulary and provide oral and written responses to media topics in English.

American Culture (ESL 901)
This course is open to full-time or part-time students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at level 3 or above. American Culture is an integrated-skills class with an emphasis on reading and discussion, with some formal writing and presentation. The course focuses on key aspects of American culture such as ethnic diversity, family life, and popular culture, and how they shape core values. Students will explore the concept of culture and think critically about the different facets of culture while also further developing their English language skills.

Academic Skills for the American University (ESL 902)
This course is open to students enrolled in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at level 3 and above. This course will help non-native English speaking students polish their English skills in order to be successful in university level classes. Topics will cover the English language needed to interact within university settings. Some topics of focus are academic life, student/instructor roles, communicating by email, classroom interactions, and discussion/panel presentation skills.

Business English (ESL 903)
This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who have high-intermediate to advanced English skills and want to polish these skills for further career advancement. The course covers topics such as writing for business communication, speaking in meetings, large group presentations, and telephone communication. One of the goals of this course is to equip participants with techniques to aid in continual improvement of English skills beyond the class.

TOEFL Prep (ESL 904)
This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who have high-intermediate to advanced English skills and who want to learn important test-taking skills in preparation for taking the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). This course offers intensive review of the four skills assessed on this exam: reading, written expression, listening, and speaking. In addition, students will review the grammatical structures of English, explore common question types, and advance test-taking strategies. While this course focuses on the TOEFL (iBT), the test-taking skills and language review covered in this course would also be useful for students preparing to take the paper-based TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or other English proficiency assessments.

Topics (ESL 905)
Special topics in English as a Second Language.

English for Business Interactions (ESL 906)
This course is designed for high-intermediate to advanced non-native speakers of English who are currently business majors or in a closely related degree program. The goal of this course is to help students polish their English skills for communication in the world of business. The course covers topics such as writing for business communication, self-editing skills, successful group work, active listening, communication styles, presentations, and telephone communication. Participants will learn techniques to aid in their continual improvement of English skills for business contexts beyond the class. This course meets with ESL 3006 and ESL 5006.

English for Science and Engineering (ESL 907)
This course helps students at the high-intermediate to advanced level develop English language skills and strategies to be successful in university science and engineering programs. Students will analyze the academic norms of science and engineering classes through observation, interacting, and participating in lab-type discussions, writing scientific reports, and giving scientific presentations. Students will also develop vocabulary related to science and engineering and skills for interpreting authentic texts (both text and aural-based).

Pronunciation (ESL 951)
This course meets with 3551. This course is designed for advanced non-native English speaking students who want to polish their pronunciation skills in English. In order to improve students’ ability to understand and pronounce English, a variety of areas of pronunciation will be covered while paying special attention to individual difficulties. Students will also be equipped with techniques to practice pronunciation improvement on their own. Topics covered include English sounds (individually and in combination with other sounds), word stress, sentence stress, rhythm, intonation, linking, understanding fast speech, pronunciation and spelling connections.

 

TOEFL Preparation (ESL 904, 0 credit)
This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who have high-intermediate to advanced English skills and who want to learn important test-taking skills in preparation for taking the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). This course offers intensive review of the four skills assessed on this exam: reading, written expression, listening, and speaking. In addition, students will review the grammatical structures of English, explore common question types, and advance test-taking strategies. While this course focuses on the TOEFL (iBT), the test-taking skills and language review covered in this course would also be useful for students preparing to take the paper-based TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or other English proficiency assessments.

For registration information, contact us by email or phone: esl@umn.edu; 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564.

How to Apply

The Intensive English Program is for students who have at least two years of high school English.

Visa Process

The Intensive English Program application deadline is seven weeks before the start of classes, but you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

  • Once your application is complete, we will send you an I-20 form and letter of admission.
  • Pay the SEVIS fee and make an appointment for an F-1 visa interview.
  • Take the I-20 form, letter of admission, and proof of funding to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • When making your plans, please allow plenty of extra time for the visa process. Due to increased security, the visa process can take one month or more to complete.

Application

Important Dates

Fall 2017: September 5−December 15, 2017 

Full-time Application Deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017
Part-time Application Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017
Students need to arrive by: Monday, August 28, 2017

Spring 2018: January 16−May 9, 2018

Full-time Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017
Part-time Application Deadline: Friday, December 29, 2017
Students need to arrive by: Monday, January 8, 2018

Summer 2018: June 25−August 10, 2018

Full-time Application Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018
Part-time Application Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018
Students need to arrive by: Monday, June 18, 2018

Fall 2018: September 4−December 14, 2018 

Full-time Application Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018
Part-time Application Deadline: Friday, August 17, 2018
Students need to arrive by: Monday, August 27, 2018

Conditional Admission

Freshman

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities offers conditional admission to a limited number of academically qualified fall term freshman applicants who require additional English language instruction in order to be successful at the University of Minnesota. Students who are conditionally admitted will study English in the Intensive English Program before beginning their academic degree.

Graduate

Some graduate programs will work with the Minnesota English Language Program to offer conditional admission to students who will then study in the Intensive English Program before beginning their graduate studies. Prospective graduate students: Check with the graduate program you are interested in to see if this is an option. Not all graduate programs offer conditional admission. 

Part-time Study

U.S. citizens or permanent residents in Minnesota can take part-time classes in the Intensive English Program. Part-time students take an English placement test and work with an adviser to choose classes that meet their needs. Part-time students typically register for 1 to 3 courses per term.

To apply, complete the part-time application form, and include a copy of your high school diploma or college transcript with a certified English translation.

Costs

Attending Full-time

Full-time students must be enrolled in either three to five courses, depending upon level.

  7-Week Program, Summer 15-Week Program, Fall or Spring
Tuition* $3,975.00 $5,750.00
Student Fees** $279.00 $432.00
Medical Insurance*** $575.00 $1,050.00
Books $150.00 $200.00
Living Expenses $3,000.00 $6,000.00

 

* Some of our courses meet 4 to 6 hours per week; other courses meet 10 hours per week. If a student takes a course that meets 10 hours per week, they will pay $2,250.00 in the fall/spring or $1,570.00 in the summer. TOEFL Preparation is a short course that costs $600.00. All figures are estimates and may vary by as much as 10%.

** Student fees support student programs on campus and are required for full-time Intensive English Program students.

*** Medical insurance through the University of Minnesota is available and required for Intensive English Program students on F and J visas only. Insurance cost does not include coverage for dependents.

Attending Part-time

Part-time students can enroll in three or fewer courses.

  7-Week Program, Summer 15-Week Program, Fall or Spring
Tuition $795.00 per 4-6/hr wk course* $1,150.00 per 4−6 hr/wk course*
Books $50.00 per course $50.00 per course


 

 

Intensive English Program Sample Schedules

Fall or Spring Intensive English Program Sample Schedules

For beginning or intermediate students during the 15-week program (25 hours per week):

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:05-9:55 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar
10:10-12:05 Reading & Composition Reading & Composition Reading & Composition Reading & Composition Reading & Composition
Lunch Break          
2:30-4:25 Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills

 

For advanced or high-advanced students during the 15-week program (25 hours per week):

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:55 Reading & Composition ESL Elective Reading & Composition ESL Elective Reading & Composition
Break          
11:15-12:05 ESL Elective ESL Elective ESL Elective ESL Elective ESL Elective
12:20-1:10 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar
Lunch Break          
2:30-3:20   Oral Skills   Oral Skills  
3:35-4:25   Oral Skills   Oral Skills Oral Skills

 

For advanced or high-advanced students during the 15-week program (Mixed ESL & Academic Classes*), 24 hours per week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:55 Reading & Composition ESL Elective Reading & Composition ESL Elective Reading & Composition
10:10-11:00   Oral Skills   Oral Skills Oral Skills
11:15-12:05   Oral Skills   Oral Skills ESL Elective
12:20-1:10 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar
Lunch Break          
2:30-3:20 Math** Math** Math** Math**  
3:35-4:25          

 

* Students who demonstrate a high proficiency in English may be able to take one academic course concurrently with their ESL courses.
** Example academic course.

Summer Intensive English Language Program Sample Schedule

7-week program, 25 hours per week

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:05-9:55 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar
10:10-12:05 Reading & Composition Reading & Composition Reading & Composition Reading & Composition Reading & Composition
Lunch Break          
1:25-2:15 Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills
2:15-3:20 Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills Oral Skills
3:20-4:25       Oral Skills***  

 

*** Students develop listening and speaking skills by interacting with people and resources in the community on a weekly field trip.

Housing

Students are responsible for finding their own housing arrangement, and most choose to live off campus. There are many affordable options close to campus.

For more information about housing options, please visit the Housing website.

If you would like to live in an on-campus dormitory, indicate this on your full-time Intensive English Program application. Someone will send you housing information and online application instructions.

The deadlines for on-campus housing are:

Summer and Fall semesters: May 1
Spring semester: November 1

Explore the Twin Cities

  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Target Field 300x300
  • First Ave 300x300
  • State Fair 300x300
  • Farmers Market 300x300
  • Getting around town - light rail train
  • Great outdoors - Minneapolis beach scene
  • Restaurants 300x300
  • Mall of America 300x300
  • Sports and recreation - swimmers underwater
  • Guthrie 300x300
  • Winter Fun 300x300

The Intensive English Language Program (IEP)

 

 

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