We are committed to providing rigorous English language instruction--with an emphasis
in business and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)--and academic
skills that prepare international students to succeed in undergraduate and graduate
The IESL Program offers courses in intensive English instruction for academic purposes (EAP). Applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores or make other arrangements to be considered. The program's IESL curriculum emphasizes STEM- and business-focused academic English and is designed for students who meet every Michigan Technological University admission requirement except for language. The EAP curriculum offered by IESL and Michigan Tech is full-time and is approved by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Students have F-1 visas and are required to maintain their status at all times.
- IESL courses are offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters are 14 weeks long. IESL courses follow the university calendar.
- IESL classes meet 18-24 hours per week and meet in university classrooms on campus. Instruction includes reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, and pronunciation.
- Placement tests include listening, vocabulary, grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. Interviews are conducted to judge speaking fluency.
- Course levels are High Beginning, Intermediate I & II, Advanced I & II, Transitional, and Academic Support. At the Advanced level, students may enroll in English for math, science, engineering, or business. Advising for students is provided by both the IESL program and the academic departments.
- Attendance is mandatory as required by Michigan Tech and the Department of Homeland Security.
- Students register for courses as Michigan Tech students.
- Students receive evaluations of their progress at mid-term and at the end of the semester. Evaluation is based on quizzes, tests, reports, projects, and presentations.
- Students participate in a Conversation Partner program.
- Orientation and advising are provided.
- Student housing is available on campus.
Michigan Tech provides transportation for students from the Hancock, CMX airport to student housing on campus at designated times before the beginning of each semester.
Exit Competencies and Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to deliver a comprehensible oral presentation to an academic audience.
- Students will be able to identify main ideas and supporting details of academic lectures.
- Students will be able to formulate and respond to peer and faculty questions.
- Students will be able to participate actively and mediate communication breakdown in academic classroom discussions and small group settings.
- Students will be able to monitor speech features that contribute to comprehensibility.
- Students will be able to compose texts appropriate to various academic contexts.
- Students will be able to craft research papers of appropriate length (2000-3000 words).
- Students will be able to develop complex rhetorical modes coherently and cohesively.
- Students will be able to demonstrate language formality and conventions.
- Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of syntactical structures and correct syntax and mechanics errors.
- Students will be able to read and comprehend academic texts by applying text processing strategies.
- Students will be able to produce summaries that mirror the structure of texts and be able to paraphrase the main ideas of a text.
- Students will be able to read critically by identifying common types of support in arguments, common logical fallacies and opposing points of view.
- Students will be able to identify implied main ideas, author’s purpose, tone and targeted audience.
- Students will be able to infer the meaning of new vocabulary and figurative language using word forms, grammar, affixes, and contextual clues.
- Students will be able to locate relevant and reliable sources using library resources, online tools, and academic databases.
- Students will be able to incorporate and synthesize sources into writing and oral presentations by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing and documenting them in APA style to avoid plagiarism.