Our goal is to prepare students for academic and professional settings by providing
instruction that helps them develop
- fluency and accuracy in English by engaging in content matter and developing metalinguistic
- skills necessary for success in academic contexts, including writing from sources,
study skills, and appropriate habits of mind
At lower levels, we focus on connecting grammar and writing, writing sentences and
paragraphs, developing foundational vocabulary, and listening and speaking in informal
conversational contexts. In general, topics across classes are more personal in nature,
but students are introduced to academic texts and skills such as summarizing.
At upper levels, we focus on the relationship between reading and writing, using readings
as springboards and as source material and developing strategies for reading adapted
and authentic texts for different purposes. Students write different types of essays
and practice paraphrasing and summarizing. They also develop research skills and note-taking
and formal presentation skills. In general, class content is more academic in nature.
The University Prep (UP) course is a 16-week course designed for advanced learners
of English who desire to further develop their academic English skills in preparation
for study in an American university. Students who successfully complete this course
are not required to take the TOEFL in order to enter The University of Memphis.
Students receive a letter grade for each class at the end of each session. They must
receive a grade of C- or higher to progress to the next level. All grades reflect
achievement, attendance, and cooperation. A certificate of achievement is awarded
to participants who successfully complete each IEI level.
IEI follows The University of Memphis guidelines with respect to student conduct and
discipline. Class attendance is required. Students who have poor attendance records,
who do not prepare designated assignments or who break University rules and regulations
are subject to dismissal from the IEI program.