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UMBC Students

Take your skills to a higher level with online Advanced Reading and Writing, IELTS preparation and TESOL Training courses! These courses are taught in an asynchronous manner and they do not require students and instructors to be online at the same time. Therefore, they allow you to study anytime and anywhere to fit your lifestyle. Our courses are interactive – they combine video recorded and self-guided lectures, practical and applied assignments, and individual and group online work.

How to Apply
   
Step 1:

Take a DuoLingo English Assessment Test before you apply. Please submit your score to UMBC English Language Institute the latest five days BEFORE the program’s start date.
For more information on how to register to take a test, please go to https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants. While we accept an application prior to the test score submitted, it is highly recommended to take a DuoLingo English Assessment Test before you apply.

For more details about the DuoLingo English test, please go to the Placement Test section.

Step 2:

Read carefully the instructions here and save the detailed instruction on your computer. Read the instruction carefully.

Step 3:

Go to the UMBC ELI Application site, Scroll down to find the program you are interested in. Select the session date you would like to apply to. Follow the steps. Please make sure to answer the question “How do you hear about the program?” during your application process. 

Courses

Intensive English (online)

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is for all who wish to improve their English language skills for personal, professional, or academic reasons.

Academic English (online)

The Academic English Program provides special preparation for students with high-intermediate or advanced English skills who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the U.S.

Intensive American English and Intercultural Competency

This 10-day course is designed for those who would like to have a career in a global environment. Students will not only learn how to create a winning resume, an appealing cover letter, successful interview skills, but also develop the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. The course is recommended for Intermediate- and advanced level English learners. For more detailed course description and program calendar, please see:

Successful Multicultural Communication Skills

In this 6-day course, students will learn the complexity of culture and how it can impact communications when individuals from one culture interact with individuals from another. Using a constructed conversation format, the class focuses on the lessons where students will learn cross-cultural communication skills and how they can use those tips to achieve impactful, successful cross-cultural communications. For more detailed course description and program calendar, please see:

Advanced Speaking and Listening

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.

Advanced Writing and Grammar

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.

Professional Business Writing

This course is designed for students at the high-advanced level. Students develop and refine their own writing projects while analyzing published materials in their disciplines and improving their understanding of their discipline's professional expectations and audiences. Texts may be scholarly papers, research proposals, a thesis, or a dissertation. Topics include discipline-specific norms, organization of argument, rhetorical styles, advanced grammatical structures, and strategies and resources for academic and professional writing. Students work individually with the instructor, in groups, and as peer reviewers for each other's work.

IELTS Test Preparation

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.

TESOL Certificate Training Course

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.

TOEFL Test Preparation

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. 

Intercultural Exchange Conversation Cafe

It is a special place for practical American English practice and fun activities in a group. English conversation in a group setting requires a different set of skills from a one-on-one setting. Join to meet not only UMBC and ELI current/former students and instructors/staff, but also people from around the world online once a week and learn more about different cultures and countries including the U.S. Are you not an ELI student/alumnus, but want to practice English at our Cafe? Apply to become a member of the Intercultural Exchange Conversation Cafe with a nominal fee.


Eligibility & Important Information
  • You should be age 17 or older (note: high school completion is not required).
  • You may live in the U.S. or in another country while taking these courses. The courses are 100% online and you do not have to visit the UMBC campus in person.
  • You may have any visa/immigration status. Note: the ELI cannot issue a Form I-20 for students to take online classes.
  • You must have reliable access to a computer with an internet connection. The ELI’s online classes use the Blackboard system. Go here for more information about technical requirements for Blackboard.
  • Current UMBC and ELI students are not eligible to take the ELI’s online courses.
  • These courses do not qualify students for admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at UMBC.
  • These courses do not satisfy the English proficiency requirements for students conditionally admitted to UMBC.



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