Courses

UMBC has its own English Language Institute (ELI) that offers the Intensive English Program (IEP) to students who would like to improve their English language skills for personal and academic purposes. This program has seven levels: From Level INTRO to Level 6. In the Intensive English Program (IEP), students gain skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.


January 27, 2022 to March 15, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
March 24, 2022 to May 17, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
May 31, 2022 to July 22, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
UMBC English Language Institute (ELI) offers the Intensive and Academic English Program (IEP/AEP) to students who would like to improve their English language skills for personal and academic purposes. This program has seven levels: From Level INTRO to Level 6. In the Intensive English Program (IEP), students gain skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. For the detailed course description, please go to http://eli.umbc.edu/iep.php.


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Conditional Admission for International students. If you meet the academic requirements for admission to UMBC but do not have the required TOEFL or IELTS score, you may apply to the ELI-Undergraduate Bridge Program. You will study at the ELI until you pass Level 5 (advanced). Then, you may begin your bachelor's degree program at UMBC. No TOEFL or IELTS score is required!


January 27, 2022 to March 15, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
March 24, 2022 to May 17, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
May 31, 2022 to July 22, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
This course is designed to help low advance English learners master the spoken fluency and listening comprehension as appropriate to an academic environment. Students will improve their skills in taking well organized lecture notes, comprehending a variety of listening texts, give presentations for different purposes, and discuss familiar and unfamiliar topics in formal and informal situations. The course includes practice in real UMBC academic settings. This course partially fulfills UMBC's conditional admission requirements.


January 27, 2022 to May 17, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
This course is designed to prepare advanced students to write in English with university-level competence and accuracy. Students further develop their skills in the writing process, academic vocabulary, advanced grammatical structures, presentation and analysis of research topics, and narrative and persuasive writing. Students learn to write for specific audiences and purposes on a wide range of academic and non-academic topics. This course partially fulfills UMBC's conditional admission requirements. Successful completion of the objectives for this course will qualify students for ENGL 110.


January 27, 2022 to May 17, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
The Global Conversation Skills (with a UMBC ELI Instructor) is an instructor-led course and gives you a place where you can improve your speaking skills through conversation with people from around the world. For non-English speakers, it is a special place to practice your English once a week and learn practical "real life" English through fun topics and activities. COURSE FEE (Once a week): $150 per session (8 classes)


October 29, 2021 to December 17, 2021, ONLINE
The Global Conversation Skills (with a UMBC ELI Instructor) is an instructor-led course and gives you a place where you can improve your speaking skills through conversation with people from around the world. For non-English speakers, it is a special place to practice your English twice a week and learn practical "real life" English through fun topics and activities. COURSE FEE (Once a week): $250 per session (16 classes)


October 26, 2021 to December 16, 2021, ONLINE
This course is a FREE and casual version of the Global Conversation Skills Course. The Global Conversation Cafe gives you a chance to speak with people from around the world who love cultural exchange and meet new friends. Speaking in a group setting requires a set of special skills different from a one-on-one situation. For non-English speakers, it is also a special place for practicing to learn practical English through fun topics and activities. Seats are limited. When we receive a larger number of applications, we will randomly choose participants. Apply TODAY to save your FREE seat to join the UMBC ELI Global Conversation Cafe. The Cafe is held every Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 am in the U.S. EDT, which is PERU: 9:30 - 10:30 am Friday; CHILE: 10:30 - 11:30 am Friday; SAUDI ARABIA: 4:30 - 5:30 pm Friday; THAILAND, VIETNAM: 9:30 - 10:30 pm Friday; JAPAN: 11:30 pm Friday - 12:30 am Saturday.


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This 7-week course is designed for intermediate- and advanced-level English learners who plan to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. As part of this course, students will work reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Course instruction focuses on the specific elements that are tested by the IELTS. Students also learn test-taking strategies and practice the language and academic skills the IELTS test requires. Through consistent work, practice, and completion of assignments, students increase their chance of achieving a desirable IELTS score and improve their preparation for university study.


February 1, 2022 to March 15, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
March 29, 2022 to May 17, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
This 7-week course is designed for intermediate- and advanced-level English learners who plan to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test. As part of this course, students will work reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Course instruction focuses on the specific elements that are tested by the TOEFL. Students also learn test-taking strategies and practice the language and academic skills the TOEFL test requires. Through consistent work, practice, and completion of assignments, students increase their chance of achieving a desirable TOEFL score and improve their preparation for university study.


January 31, 2022 to March 14, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
March 28, 2022 to May 16, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
This intensive 15-week, non-credit course is designed for professionals and recent college graduates who are interested in exploring the TESOL field as a future career opportunity. The course provides an overview of the theories and methods of teaching the English language. Participants learn about different types of language learners and their profiles and discuss historic and current methods of teaching the English language. Fundamentals of lesson planning and organization will also be presented, discussed, and practiced. This course further provides an overview and practice of the instructional methods and approaches for teaching the core English language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Participants will also engage in practical experience with language learners by tutoring, observing classes, and teaching. Upon completion of this course, participants earn a 100+ hour TESOL Certificate.


January 31, 2022 to May 17, 2022, ONLINE
February 2, 2022 to May 11, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
May 31, 2022 to July 26, 2022, UMBC Main Campus
June 1, 2022 to July 25, 2022, ONLINE
The JAPANESE Global Conversation Skills course gives you a chance to learn the practical "real-life" Japanese language by speaking with a NATIVE JAPANESE INSTRUCTOR from Japan. You will have great cultural exchanges and meet new friends from around the world who study the Japanese language. It is a special place for practicing to learn Japanese through fun topics and activities. Every Friday for one hour from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (U.S. EDT).


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The FRENCH Global Conversation Skills course gives you a chance to learn the practical "real-life" French language by speaking with a NATIVE FRENCH INSTRUCTOR who also teaches the French language at UMBC. You will have great cultural exchanges and meet new friends from around the world who study French. It is a special place for practicing to learn French through fun topics and activities. Every Monday for one hour from 10:00 to 11:00 am (U.S. EDT). When you fill out the application form online, please make sure to answer all the required questions.


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