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Custom Group Training is designed for groups of students, teachers or professionals seeking English language instruction and immersion in U.S. culture. The intensive programs are designed for participants seeking to perfect English language skills with a special academic, professional, or cultural focus. Through close conversation with our partner groups, we excel in developing both academic, cultural, and/or professional development programs tailored to meet the specific needs of global learners at various levels of expertise. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion.


English Language, Public Administration, and Leadership Training Program

This program is designed for professionals who are involved in government, business, and law from around the world. The program can be delivered to meet a wide range of needs, including intensive professional training in English communication skills, professional development, methodologies, and educational training in public administration and leadership.

We have administered this program with:

The Turkish Ministry of Interior Affairs

Image of Turkish Ministry Staff
  • Designed for Chief Civil Inspectors and County Executives.
  • Duration: One year
  • Special Program Content:
    Improve inspectors’ language and research skills through content-based instruction and mentoring; learn interaction strategies in working with public administration and in leadership roles; and practice effective professional exchanges with members of university faculty, students, and the community.

Totani Corporation, Japan

  • Designed for professionals working at Totani in Japan
  • Duration: Four weeks
  • Special Program Content:
    Business English; learn interaction strategies in working with public administration and in leadership roles

Open World Leadership Program

Open World Leadership Program
  • Designed for Children’s Librarians from Russia
  • Duration: One week
  • Special Program Content:
    Congressional meetings with House and Senate leaders; library visits; and effective professional exchanges with members of university faculty, students, and the community

Open World Judicial Program

Open World Judicial Program
  • Designed for judges from Estonia
  • Duration: One week
  • Special Program Content:
    Congressional meetings with House and Senate leaders; visits with State and Federal judges; trial observations; and effective professional exchanges with members of university faculty, students, and the community

TESOL Teacher Training Program

  • Designed for busy professionals and recent college graduates who are interested in exploring the TESOL field as a future career opportunity.
  • Duration: Can be customized, either in-person or online.
  • Special Program Content:
    Course participants learn and practice a wide variety of methods and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Through face-to-face or online instruction and weekly discussions, participants explore best practices for teaching English as a second and a foreign language and learn how to create an effective, communicative language classroom for students of varied ages and levels. The course uses a practical, hands-on approach that includes classroom observations, tutoring sessions, and classroom teaching. The total number of hours required to complete these courses is 100+ hours.

Faculty Development Program

This program is designed for academic faculty and research professionals who are interested in gaining an in-depth overview of current teaching methodologies used in the United States. The program can be tailored to meet the specific needs that may come with the unique characteristics and literacies of each discipline.

We have administered this program with:

The Three Gorges University, China

THree Gorges University
  • Designed for the faculty from Engineering and ESOL departments
  • Duration: Five weeks
  • Special Program Content:
    Enhance participants’ expertise in their teaching discipline and equip them with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and the use of technology in teaching; benchmark effective teaching and class management methods

Nippon Sport Science University, Japan

  • Designed for the faculty and senior students in the Emergency Medical Services field
  • Duration: One week
  • Special Program Content:
    Shadowing at University of Maryland, Shock Trauma Center; ride-along on a local ambulance; learn U.S. cultures and lifestyles

Intensive American English & Community Outreach Program

Designed for international university students who are interested in American English learning as well as community outreach activities, this program combines language training with an inquiry-based content course related to community engagement and outreach. Participants do voluntary work to have hands-on experience and interact with local youth leaders to improve their communication skills in real-life situations. They are also encouraged to plan future projects that will benefit their own community.

We have administered this program with:

Oberlin University, Japan

Oberlin University
  • Designed for undergraduate students in various fields
  • Duration: Four months
  • Special Program Content:
    Youth Leadership Skills; community engagement; cultural exchange; program development

English Language Training & Professional Development Program

Designed for university students who are in their last year of study or recently graduated from a university, this program provides internship and externship opportunities in collaboration with companies in Maryland. Participants take Business English courses at the ELI while working at a neighboring start-up company on campus or some other major companies in the area. This combined experience aims to allow students, especially those majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) fields, to gain hands-on experience and take their theoretical knowledge to the next level.

We have administered this program with:

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Externship
  • Designed for selected students from South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: Two months
  • Special Program Content:
    Improve English communication skills in primary NGC business career fields; enhance participants’ knowledge of working for and with an American company; engage participants with weekly speaker series that include lunch meetings with VPs, Directors, Professors and experienced professionals in the technical field; and introduce students to relevant content areas in business and technology.

Intensive American English & Cultural Learning Programs

This program aims to blend English language education with trips and cultural activities such as seeing local sports events, attending a bowling night with American friends, or visiting national museums. The main goal is to introduce participants to the diversity of American culture and society.

We have administered this program with:

Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA), Peru

Peruvian Group Picture
  • Designed for young adults who are learning English at ICPNA in Peru
  • Duration: Four weeks
  • Special Program Content:
    Cultural Exchange; American Idiomatic Expressions; Accent Reduction; Youth Leadership Skills; and Community Engagement

English Language & College Preparation Programs

This short-term summer program is designed particularly for high school students from all around the world who are planning to study at an American university. Through the program, participants will learn essential writing and communication skills to prepare for college. They will also get advice on college admission/application and choosing their major, and visit local high schools and universities to learn about the collegiate experience. Depending on your group preferences; we also offer specific skill development courses such as TOEFL Preparation, Accent Reduction, and American Idiomatic Expressions.

We have administered this program with:

AJYAL Talent Management & National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), UAE

Bidaya STEM Academy
  • Designed for a group of high school students from the UAE
  • Duration: Three weeks
  • Special Program Content:
    Presentations from university admission advisors and industry experts; conversations with American high school students attending concurrent UMBC summer camps; electrical engineering and computer science concepts; Java and Python; cyber security; English writing and presentation skills; and several campus visits.

High School Students and Teachers from Tokyo, Japan

  • Designed for students who are interested in learning about American Tertiary Education
  • Duration: Two weeks Special
  • Program Content:
    Presentations from University Admission Advisors and Industry Experts; conversations with American high school students attending concurrent UMBC summer camps; American Idiomatic Expressions; Accent Reduction; Youth Leadership Skills; and Community Engagement.

Test Preparation Programs (GRE, IELTS, TOEFL)

These test preparation and elective courses can be taken by anyone who wishes to improve their English language skills for personal, professional, or academic reasons. Most of these classes meet in the evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Non-native English speakers have to be at the intermediate level and above to take these classes (I.e., ELI levels 3, 4, 5, 6 or CEFR Levels B2, C1, and C2). Non-ELI students will be given a placement test to determine the level of English they are to begin studying.


 



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