The intensive English Semester program is offered two times per year. In this program, you learn speaking skills, listening skills, grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing. Each terms is 14 weeks long.
- Fall term: September to December
- Spring term: January to May
Classes average less than 15 students and the atmosphere is friendly. You'll have many chances to speak, ask questions, and get expert feedback from a helpful instructor. Your classmates will come from all parts of the world, so you'll experience different cultures and countries and make friends for life.
All classes emphasize spoken English. You'll learn grammar in context, by using it in speaking and writing. You'll practice your grammar by doing exercises and written essays at home as well as using what you learn in conversations and discussions in class.
In the Intensive English program, students study grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking with a semi-integrated skills curriculum. They take part in many communicative and experiential activities such as discussions, group projects, and service-learning assignments. Students who do the assignments generally make a great deal of progress during the semester.
The small class size allows lecturers to give students plenty of individual attention and to review assignments very carefully.
The intensive program has 5 levels ranging from beginning to advanced. On the first day of the semester, each new student takes an English language proficiency test called the Proficiency Exam. The exam takes 3 hours. It includes a 30-minute composition that is rated on a scale of 0 - 8. It also consists of the following parts:
- Listening 25 minutes 0 - 100 points
- Grammar 45 minutes 0 - 100 points
- Reading 60 minutes 0 - 100 points
After completing the exam, students are placed into a level of the program according to their scores.
You'll enjoy working with teachers who are experienced and friendly. Their expertise will help you learn quickly. Small classes mean you'll get to know your teachers on a personal level. You'll feel comfortable asking them any questions you might have about American life and culture.
Scedule of classes: Classes meet daily, between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, with 21 instructional hours and two hours of a structured extracurricular workshop per week.
Learning English at the school doesn't end in the classroom.
Before and after class you can sharpen your skills in our state-of-the-art language lab, then meet for social activities. These might include conversation groups, movie nights, a baseball game, or dinner on the Potomac River or at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Students from all over the world study in the intensive English program. Most students are university age,18-28 years old. (You must be at least 18 years old to join our intensive English program).