Intensive Academic English Program

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Mercer English Language Institute is an Intensive English Program (IEP) which prepares students to effectively use English in personal, social, professional, and academic contexts.

OUR CURRICULUM

The IEP curriculum is divided into four levels:  1) beginner;  2) intermediate;  3) advanced; and 4) academic. In each level, different uses of English are developed.

  • Levels 1 and 2 develop English for social and personal purposes.
  • Level 3 develops English for professional and academic purposes.
  • Level 4 focuses on developing English for academic and research purposes.

The Levels of Mercer’s ELI correspond with the levels of the Common European Framework for Reference (CEFR), a tool used around the world for teaching languages. All of the assignments, tests, and activities in ELI’s courses are chosen specifically to help students progress from one level of the CEFR to the next.

OUR COURSES

Our courses consist of integrated skills-based courses and are organized into Core Courses and Elective Courses.  The amount of time allotted for each course per week corresponds with the amount of time necessary to develop proficiency in each skill. These courses are the same for every level.

COURSES HOURS/WEEK
 CORE COURSES  TOTAL HOURS:  22
 Grammar/Writing 10
 Reading/Vocabulary 6
 Listening/Speaking 4
 Elective 2
 ELECTIVE COURSES LEVEL TERM
 Beginner Vocabulary Development 1 A
 Beginner Fluency 1 B
 Expressive Language 2 A
 Intermediate Fluency 2 B
 Academic Skills 3 A
Extended Reading 3 B
Advanced Fluency and Debate 4 A
Humanities 4 B

OUR TERMS

Our curriculum is delivered over three semesters per year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Each level is offered during each semester.  Students who test into our Level 1, as Beginners, will need 4 consecutive semesters, or 16 months, to complete our ELI program.  Students who elect to take a break during the summer will need longer, and students who test into higher levels will need less time to complete the program.

Each semester is divided into two 8-week terms (A and B) to allow for students to enroll at the mid-term. Students take a placement test during orientation to determine in which level they will be placed.

PLACEMENT

Placement tests are administered twice each semester, at the start of the semester and at the mid-term, to new, incoming students.  

 CLASS SCHEDULE

All ELI classes meet between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, every weekday Monday through Thursday,  and on Fridays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.* 

There is a lunch break each day for all students. 

SAMPLE STUDENT WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sample Schedule

*Summer schedules may differ slightly.

PROGRAM COMPLETION

Students in Level 4 can take the program exit test at the end of each of our three semesters. The ELI holds a completion ceremony on the last day of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters  to honor the graduating students. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Mercer ELI Program, students must have successfully:

  • Passed Level 4  Grammar/Writing with at least a C+

  • Passed Level 4  Listening/Speaking with at least a C+

  • Passed Level 4 Reading/Vocabulary with at least a C+

  • Received a published passing score on the Exit Writing Test

  • Received a score of 550 on the Institutional TOEFL Test (TOEFL ITP)