Semi-intensive English Programme in the United States – ELS 

Semi-Intensive English - USA

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About the programme

Study English while still having the freedom to explore your surroundings. The ELS Semi-Intensive English programme helps strengthen your English communication skills in the classroom, then allows you time to absorb your surroundings and practise your new skills. Your morning classes will focus on the building blocks of English proficiency: Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment and a lesson in the Language Technology Center. You will have the opportunity to explore the local area in the afternoons.


  • Key Language Skills: Listening, Pronunciation, Speaking and Vocabulary
  • Applied Learning: In the United States, Contact America! allows you to meet with native English-speakers, practice conversing while using real-world English, listen to guest lecturers and participate in local excursions

Semi-Intensive English

  • Age Requirements
    • Age varies by centre and housing option; average age ranges from 18-22
  • ELS Levels Covered
    • 12 levels: 101 (Beginner) to 112 (Masters)
  • Maximum students / class
    • 15
  • Number of centres offered
    *except Tampa
    • ALL*
  • Lessons / Week
    50 minutes each Monday – Friday
    • 20
  • Session / level
    • 1 session (4 weeks) for each level
  • Start dates annually
    • 26


ELS offers 12 proficiency levels (Beginner to Masters), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level's requirements, you will move up to the next level. As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.

Levels 101/102/103
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
Levels 104/105/106
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Option on completion
  • Enrol in the Complete Prep Programme for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Programme (available at select centres)
Levels 107/108/109
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Participates fully in most conversations
Levels 110/111/112
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Conducts business competently in English

Semi-Intensive English - USA ELS Centers

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