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The AELP program is designed for undergraduates at UMD who are admitted and able to take academic coursework. Students register for a combination of academic classes and AELP classes until they have reached full proficiency.
Class size is small: 12-18 students in a class
Instructors are experienced teachers, with a master’s degree in ESL and years of dedication and creativity in the classroom.
Courses are at an advanced level and offer college credit.
The focus of the program is academic:
The Academic English Language Program (AELP) accepts students with the following English proficiency scores:
TOEFL 68 (IBT) 520 (PBT) or an IELTS score of 6 .
Students in this test range are required to take 1-2 AELP courses each semester until they have passed the AELP proficiency test for College Writing. This test consists of a reading prompt with questions and an essay. Students have 75 minutes to finish the test and are given 2 opportunities each semester to demonstrate readiness for College Writing.
The Multi-lingual Learning Community is designed for students who have graduated from U.S. high schools but whose ACT scores indicate a benefit from a transition program in the first year of college classes. By putting UMD classes together in a learning community, the focus of the program is on building academic skills for college: reading and annotating textbook material, taking detailed lecture notes, studying for exams, writing academic papers. Fall semester, students take 4 courses together. Fall 2014 the courses are Cultural Anthropology, English for Academic Writing, Topics in Academic Reading, and UMD Seminar. Spring semester involves only one course in the learning community: Editing for Writers.
The AELP Office is located in EduE 114 (in Suite 110).
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