Manhattan College Develops Intensive English Language Program

The program helps introduce foreign-language speakers to campus life in the United States.

O'Malley LibraryManhattan College’s new Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers six levels of intensive English language study to meet students’ foreign language needs, beginning in the summer of 2017. The levels consist of two beginner, two intermediate, and two advanced levels for pre-university English language proficiency, with courses that follow the Manhattan College academic calendar.

“This is a good stepping stone to the Manhattan College experience,” said Jeffrey Vanderwerf, director of IELP. “The support is here on campus to help students succeed in all ways. Central to our mission is ensuring that international students have the English proficiency needed to have a successful academic experience at Manhattan College.”

Classes have a small student-to-faculty ratio, usually no more than 12 students per class. Courses are held Monday to Friday for 22 hours per week and emphasize reading comprehension, writing for academic settings, listening comprehension and presentation skills, and speaking for conversation and classroom.

IELP also focuses on life in the United States, American culture, an introduction to New York City, the arts and music, and U.S. holidays.

Each level takes one semester (15 weeks) to complete and a certificate of completion is awarded for successful completion of each level.

Students interested in learning more about the Intensive English Language Program should contact Jeffrey Vanderwerf at or call (718) 862-7907.

By Pete McHugh