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New term Starts January 10th, 2022 and March 7th, 2022


Intensive English Program

Tennessee Tech is starting a new Intensive English Program from the Fall semester on August 16th, 2021.  New students may check into the dormitories/ residence halls on August 11th, 2021.

Students will take 24 hours of instruction in:

  1. Grammar & Writing
  2. Listening & Speaking
  3. Reading and Discussion
  4. Vocabulary Development
  5. Electives like Idioms, American Culture, Listening Lab, Pronunciation, Test Prep or Guest Speakers.

C.E.S.L. Courses (levels 1-5)

An ESL program, generally referred to as an Intensive English Program (IEP) in the U.S., is a language program in which the classes are non-credit. There will be two terms in Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.  The Summer term will be 12 weeks, with 1 session 5 weeks and the other a 7-week session.

  • 18 to 24 hours of contact time is the minimum requirement by the USCIS/ SEVP.
  • The C.E.S.L. program at Tech will be 18 hours per week, each session will be 7-weeks.  

Cost for 24 hours for 7-weeks will be: $2800

ESL + Pathway

Students in Level 4 and 5 can enroll in Tennessee Tech University specific  academic courses which will mentored as part of the Pathway. 

C.E.S.L.  Schedule (Levels 1, 2 & 3)

Daily Schedule  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 am to 10:30  a.m Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Idioms Class
10:30 am to 10:45 a.m. Break Break Break Break Break
10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Test Prep 
11:45 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
1:15 pm to 2:15 p.m. Grammar & Writing Study Hall or Listening Lab Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Listening Lab & Pronunciation
 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 pm Break Break Break Break Break
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Vocabulary Development Vocabulary Development Guest Speakers Vocabulary Development All About American Culture 



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