English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Summer Intensive English Language Program

The Summer Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is for students who want to improve their academic English language skills...and to have fun learning about the Maine coast and its unique history and culture.

We offer an excellent program (23 hours per week of study), which helps students reach higher levels of English language proficiency and prepare for academic programs at the university level.

All classes are held on the USM Portland campus, which provides easy access to the public bus system, restaurants, shops and the waterfront. 


PROGRAM DATES: Monday, June 25 - Friday, August 3, 2018




Program Content: English Language Courses:

  • 9:00-12:00 noon, Monday – Friday (5 days a week)

Academic English in Writing: Students will gain a stronger foundation in understanding & using English correctly and with sophistication. The primary focus of this class is on building skills for academic study and professional life, particularly focusing on critical reading, academic writing and expansion of vocabulary, grammar and editing.  All classes are small and interactive.

  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm Monday-Thursday  (4 days a week) (*Excursion days often run later)

Listening and Speaking on the Maine Coast

The primary focus of the afternoon session is to help students improve in areas of spoken communication and listening comprehension.

Includes pair work, group work and other interactive methods as well as excursions into the local community for authentic communication opportunities.

(Please click here to learn more about our recent program excursions)

If you have any questions, or would like information about our 2017 program, contact us at usmesol@maine.edu or 207-780-4432