Full-Time Intensive Programs

The following four intensive noncredit programs are offered in the summer:

Except for the secondary school program, you must be at least 18 years old by July 1, 2014, to participate. Because these programs are intensive, you may not enroll in any additional courses. Learn more about how to register and take the placement test.

IEL S-DAY Intensive English for Academic Purposes (30900)

Classes meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am until 3:10 pm. Tuition: $5,700

Levels: A (beginning), B (intermediate), C (high intermediate), D (advanced), and E (high advanced)

Students in this zero-absence program develop balanced proficiency in the four major communicative skills—listening, reading, speaking, and writing—by thoroughly examining a common theme of topical importance from educational, political, and environmental perspectives during the seven-week summer session.

The program offers students opportunities to use English in a wide variety of academic contexts and to practice the methods that meet the classroom requirements of American universities: reading contemporary literature and journalism, including novels and data from several media sources; completing group and individual oral assignments that analyze and comment on many types of spoken and written English; writing research papers that follow the process method and appropriately incorporate Internet and print resources; and listening to lectures by Harvard faculty and engaging them in formal question-and-answer sessions.

The program’s weekly format involves small daily classes led by one instructor; three workshops comprising two of these classes that are team-taught by their two instructors; Tuesday site visits to locations related to the summer’s theme that alternate with level-wide lectures by Harvard faculty; and plenary lectures by Harvard faculty each Friday afternoon.

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IEL S-B30 Intensive English for Professional Purposes (30901)

Classes meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am until 3:10 pm. Tuition: $5,700

Levels: C (high intermediate), D (advanced), and E (high advanced)

Students in this zero-absence program develop the ability to use English proficiently in professional environments that demand analytical and critical thinking, scientific awareness, moral understanding, historical perspective, and social competence by engaging the educational, political, and environmental aspects of a theme of current importance in all four communicative skill areas—listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

The seven-week program permits students to examine IEL’s summer theme, the Common Reading and Common Listening, and a wide variety of texts, in order to draw pertinent professional connections in several discussion and oral presentation formats; sharpen their writing skills in individual and group assignments that incorporate Internet and print resources; and negotiate the demands of research and practice in myriad contexts.

The program’s weekly schedule involves small daily classes led by one instructor; three workshops comprising two of these classes that are team-taught by their two instructors; Tuesday site visits to locations related to the summer’s theme that alternate with level-wide lectures by Harvard faculty; and plenary lectures by Harvard faculty each Friday afternoon.

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IEL S-D50 Intensive English for Design (30924)

Classes meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am until 3:10 pm. Tuition: $5,700

Levels: C (high intermediate), D (advanced), and E (high advanced)

Open to students accepted by a professional/graduate school of design or architecture where the instruction is in English, this zero-absence seven-week program provides a wide-ranging orientation to the linguistic, philosophical, and cultural mores of the field, and offers students several opportunities to engage in the critiquing and presentation procedures found in design and architecture schools.

Students examine the IEL summer theme via the Common Reading and Common Listening, design texts, novels, and contemporary journalism encompassing topics in education, politics, and the environment that are related to the theme. They also attend lectures by Harvard faculty as well as lectures sponsored by the Career Discovery Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and they visit sites of architectural and cultural importance in the greater Boston area. In order to receive personalized feedback in the four skill areas—reading, listening, speaking, and writing—students work in small daily classes with an IEL instructor and they participate in several workshops each week that are led by a design consultant.

After applying online, students must submit a copy of their letter of acceptance from an English-language professional program in design or architecture by fax to (617) 496-8147, e-mail to iel@dcemail.harvard.edu, or express mail to IEL, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.

IEL-S-SSP Secondary School Intensive English Language Program (SIEL)

Classes meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am until 3:10 pm. Tuition: $5,700

This selective seven-week zero-absence academic English program is open to students who will graduate in 2014, 2015, or 2016 and who are already rather fluent in English. Students must be 17 years of age or younger as of June 30, 2014. Students should apply online.

The students accepted into this program are guided to develop balanced proficiency in the four major communicative skills—listening, reading, speaking, and writing—by thoroughly examining a common theme of topical importance from educational, political, and environmental perspectives.

The program offers students opportunities to use English in a wide variety of academic contexts and to practice the methods that meet the classroom requirements of American universities: reading contemporary literature and journalism, including novels and data from several media sources; completing group and individual oral assignments that analyze and comment on many types of spoken and written English; writing research papers that follow the process method and appropriately incorporate Internet and print resources; and listening to lectures by Harvard faculty and engaging them in formal question-and-answer sessions.

The program’s weekly format involves small daily classes led by one instructor; three workshops comprising two of these classes that are team-taught by their two instructors; Tuesday site visits to locations related to the summer’s theme that alternate with level-wide lectures by Harvard faculty; and plenary lectures by Harvard faculty each Friday afternoon.