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Academic English Language Program (AELP)

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.


Features of the AELP

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 reading course uses social science textbook material from actual UMD classes. 
  • The writing course emphasizes summarizing and discussing source material, in preparation for College Writing. 
  • The editing course connects with College Writing, allowing students to bring language and style work to the papers they are writing in other classes. 
  • The listening/speaking class focuses on the kinds of listening and speaking done in college classrooms, from lecture comprehension to participation in class discussions.


Proficiency Level:

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.


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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).

For further information, contact