Each IEI level of instruction consists of four subject areas: Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Conversation. Students in levels three through six who qualify with a pre-test score may choose to enroll in one of two levels of the TOEFL Preparation class instead of the Conversation class.
GRAMMAR: The IEI recognizes that learning English grammar requires more than memorization of rules for effective learning. In fact, this method of instruction is boring and unsuccessful for both student and teacher. Our English grammar classes are highly interactive, allowing students to learn in a more real-life atmosphere. Evaluations given during the semester measure each student's progress.
READING: Reading classes are designed to increase students' abilities through the use of academic reading selections in class and assigned novels, short stories, and essays outside of class. Instructors help students discover new vocabulary; in addition, students learn to analyze and respond to the topics raised by the authors.
CONVERSATION: Through activities such as situational conversation, topical discussion, note-taking, and oral presentations, students strengthen their English vocabulary and learn Standard American English intonation and pronunciation. The design of this class rapidly increases each student's level of fluency.
LISTENING: Instructors use a variety of audio lessons that increase in length and difficulty as the student progresses. Topics are of academic and current interest and take the form of podcasts, university lectures, and recorded interviews.
Level 6: Advanced II – Skills for University Success: Level 6 Grammar, Reading, Writing, Conversation, and Listening classes are designed for advanced students who want to focus specifically on the skills required to pass university courses. Students will practice using advanced grammar structures, understanding lectures, taking notes, researching advanced topics, writing research papers, making effective class presentations, and working on group projects. Level 6 students must meet one of the following criteria to qualify for this course: score at least 500 on the TOEFL exam, score at least 90 on the Michigan Test, or successfully complete Level 5 at the Intensive English Institute.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON ELECTIVE SESSIONS: Depending on the level of student interest, these optional, non-academic short courses may be offered at no additional cost from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm for a block of up to four Fridays during the term. Elective themes vary depending on student interest as well and may include topics such as Business English, Pronunciation, ESOL Technology, Current Events, or Music in English.
TOEFL TEST PREPARATION: The IEI offers two levels of TOEFL Test Preparation: Intermediate and Advanced. Instructors cover all aspects of the exam, from English language issues to test-taking skills. By the end of the term, students are well-prepared for the TOEFL iBT or the Institutional TOEFL exam. The Institutional TOEFL is given at the end of each term to all TOEFL Test Preparation students; other students may take the test as well on a space-available basis. Please see more information on our TOEFL Preparation page.