Intensive English Program


The intensive English program features pre-academic ESL for students planning to attend the University of Bridgeport, and it also meets the needs of students improving their English for personal or business reasons.


Students in the intensive English program are in class for 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday. All students take classes in grammar, composition, reading, listening, and speaking.

Classes include serious topics such as writing a research paper and listening to lectures, and also special learning activities such as writing and performing a skit, watching videos, and playing word games.
Sessions are held year-round, fall, spring, and summer with short vacation breaks between sessions.

Individual Attention

Small classes of three to 15 students allow ELI teachers to meet the individual needs of students and provide high-quality instruction. One-on-one conversation practice is available.

Placement and Promotion

New students are given placement tests on their first day at ELI and are placed in one of six levels of English ability. After successful completion of each level, a student is able to move up one level. Students who finish Level 6 receive a Certificate of Completion and meet the English language requirement for degree programs of the University of Bridgeport.

Session Dates for 2015-16

Summer session 2, 2015 Jul 1-Aug 19
Fall session 1, 2015 Aug 26-Oct 16
Fall session 2, 2015 Oct 21-Dec 11
Spring session 1, 2016 Jan 20-Mar 11
Spring session 2, 2016 Mar 16-May 6
Summer session 1, 2016 May 11-Jul 1
Summer session 2, 2016 Jul 6-Aug 26