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 awareness
- skills necessary for success in academic contexts, including writing from sources, study skills, and appropriate habits of mind
At the Basic 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 the Intermediate 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 Advanced Integrated Skills and Advanced Communication Skills courses are designed to strengthen students' academic English skills by providing integrated language instruction and practice in the context of academic content study. The academic content varies from session to session, and includes World History, Children's Literature, Leadership, Local History and Culture, and Social Psychology. Students earn recommendation to undergraduate or graduate study as they demonstrate mastery of higher-level academic English language skills as described in the Pearson Global Scale of English.
Students in the Daytime Intensive Program receive a final grade of MP (Making Progress), RB, RI, RA, RU or RG (Ready for Basic, Intermediate or Advanced, or Ready for Undergraduate or Graduate study) or F (Failure to Make Progress). All grades reflect achievement, attendance, and cooperation. A certificate is awarded to participants who successfully achieve readiness for higher levels of study.
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.