With a distinguished history of English language instruction dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, the International English Language Institute (IELI) at Hunter College offers a full range of courses in ESL. The IELI serves a diverse group of over 2,000 students per year, with courses ranging from beginning English to advanced courses that prepare students for college-level study.
Ranging from newly arrived immigrants to post-doctoral students affiliated with major research institutions, IELI students are as diverse as their English language study goals. In addition to academic English courses for those planning to continue their education, the IELI offers custom programs for corporations, museums, hospitals, and unions, and also offers private tutoring for individuals. Currently offered programs include Academic Skills Program, TOEFL Preparation, Academic Writing Certificate, Certificate in Business English, English for New Yorkers, and several additional tailored programs.
“Our classes teach more than language skills; we show students how to use language effectively for living, learning, and working in today’s world by teaching English in the context of the culture and societal norms of the United States,” explained Deputy Director of Continuing Education & Special Programs, Cristian Gallardo.
The IELI program is conveniently located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, surrounded by some of New York City’s most influential educational and cultural institutions. Professors are native speakers and have master’s degrees in TESOL certification. Low-fee private tutorials and specialty workshops are available to students as well as scholarships.
Among its new initiatives over the next two years, the IELI plans to offer affordable online ESL classes, allowing students to begin a program online, and complete their education at the New York campus where they obtain the benefit of an immersive English-language environment and exposure to North American culture. Mr. Gallardo also encourages prospective Latin American students to visit the institute’s website, which will provide further information in Spanish.
The IELI continues to evolve and adapt based on student assessment and input. New technology has lead to considerable enhancement of the IELI learning experience, but it is the IELI community that truly creates opportunities for success.