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Courses & Programs - Core Intensive English Language Program

Intensive English program’s goal is to help students develop the English language skills they need for success in school, social, or business situations. Our classes also prepare language learners to function comfortably in the U.S.A.

Intensive English classes meet 20 hours per week. On Fridays, students can select from additional personal and group language learning activities.

IEI placement test scores put students into one of these sequenced modules: Listening Module, Reading Module, Writing Module, or Immersion Module. Every eight weeks students test again to see if they are ready for the next module.

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Listening Module
Students work to improve their listening comprehension and build their vocabulary. Teachers use movies, stories, pantomime, songs, poems, picture books and everyday objects.

Reading Module
Students read carefully selected books, short stories, news articles, advertisements and other real world materials to improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.

Writing Module
Students practice many types of personal and academic writing to improve their expression, fluency, and accuracy.

Immersion Module
Students develop formal speaking skills as they further advance their ability to listen, read and write English in academic and professional contexts. Topics are based on student interest and need.

Contract Courses
The IEI specializes in contract programs for institutions, businesses, and other groups. Courses are tailored to the specific needs of the group in terms of content and length of session. One recent example of each course type is listed.

United States Information Agency:
Teacher Training Institute for Sub-Saharan Educators

Foreign Government Sponsored Programs:
Thai Royal Scholar Program

Corporate Sponsored Pre-Academic Programs:
Aramco (The Saudi-Arabian Oil Company) College Preparation

Agency Sponsored Pre-Academic Programs:
Sakae Institute Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Preparation

Credit Programs for Foreign Universities:
Hirosaki University Short Course in Language and Culture.


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Intensive English Institute
5732 Hannibal Hamlin Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3821 | Fax: 207.581.3803
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469