Semi-Intensive English

Part Time Programs

The Language Institute offers four semi-intensive (twelve week) English programs, on Saturdays, every year at our Edinburg and Brownsville sites. Ten levels of English are available from Basic to High Advanced. The semi-intensive program also offers several elective levels in Listening and Speaking, Conversation through Video and University Preparation.

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Curriculum

  • Grammar
    • The LI teaches grammar as a foundation for communication.
  • Listening and Speaking
    • Conversation, discussion and structured listening practice help students gain confidence speaking and understanding English in everyday situations.
  • Reading and Writing
    • Students improve their ability to read and remember more, as well as learn how to write paragraphs and compositions.
  • Vocabulary and Idioms
    • The LI teaches students the words needed to communicate clearly. Learning idioms helps students express themselves naturally in English.
  • Academic Preparation
    • The High Advanced levels teach important test-taking strategies and language skills such as advanced grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills needed to succeed in an American university.

Additional Information

  • Student Grade Report
    • At the end of each term, the LI sends all students a final evaluation of their performance in the program.
  • Certificates
    • At the end of each session, students who successfully complete the requirements of the LI receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • TOEFL
    • In order to gain admission to an American university, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required by most universities. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers the TOEFL test several times a year. For further information on taking the TOEFL please contact the University Testing Center at (956) 665-7584 or (956)665-7585.
    • Please note that students enrolled in the Intensive English program at the Language Institute who complete the highest upper Advanced Level, may request a TOEFL waiver to attend UTRGV.