The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state of Tennessee's "flagship" public research university. It is rated among U.S. News & World Report's top 50 American national public universities, and among the top 150 international universities in the Shanghai-Jiang Tao ranking. Approximately 20,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students are enrolled. Of these, approximately 1,000 are international students from over 100 different countries. The University offers more than 110 undergraduate majors in nine colleges: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Architecture & Design; Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; Communication & Information; Education, Health & Human Sciences; Engineering; Nursing; and Social Work. In addition, the University's English Language Institute offers intensive language instruction to prospective students and international visitors.
The curriculum consists of seven proficiency levels from high beginning to pre-university. In any given session, the appropriate courses will be offered for the proficiency levels represented in the enrollment. Classes are limited in number of students. As a general rule, the lower the proficiency level, the lower the number of students per class. Classes meet four periods each day, Monday through Friday.
Students also have elective classes. Available electives vary from term to term; recent offerings have included photography, Internet English, American movies, music, and art. Provision is made for TOEFL preparation, and classes assist students in pronunciation, test-taking strategies, US culture orientation, and university study skills. Daily assignments are given for all classes.
One institutional TOEFL is given in each term to all ELI students; the cost of this examination is included in the tuition fee. The average gain in total TOEFL score for full-time ELI students is five to six points per week, but some students have increased their scores significantly more.
In addition to the full-time intensive English program, ELI offers part-time study for non-native speakers in the US No. 1-20 is issued for part-time study. Contact ELI for details, including fees.
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