Intensive English Program

The University of Mississippi – Office of Global Engagement

UM IEP Summer 2020 Online Short Courses


Course Descriptions


These courses are designed for intermediate to advanced level English speakers, and they are both non-credit and non-intensive. The September 7-October 30 courses are 8-weeks in length, and we anticipate the amount of effort to be approximately 5 hours each week, for a total of 40 hours for the course.  Upon completion of each course, students will receive a signed certificate of completion from the University of Mississippi Intensive English Program.

The cost for each course is $500.  A non-refundable $50 deposit is due at the time of application.  Payments may be made in installments.  The balance is due by the end of the first day of the course. For information about our policies and procedures for the online short courses, see this page.

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Writing in the Workplace (40-hour course,  September 7-October 30)

The goal of Writing in the Workplace is to compose common forms of written communication found in professional settings, from seeking employment to persuasive correspondence with customers and colleagues. The objectives of this course are: create effective employment documents, such as a resume/CV and cover letter, practice the appropriate language and standard grammatical structures used in various types of workplace writing, and learn how modern forms of written communication, such as texting, can be used in professional environments.


Conversational English (40-hour course, September 7-October 30)

The Conversational English course prepares students to improve the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.  Students work on speaking, listening, and pronunciation skills using a variety of innovative online tools to help students learn, interact, and engage in the topic.  This course will combine online group instruction, multi-media resources, and relevant exercises in instruction and provide students with useful resources to continue their learning.


Academic Reading & Writing Essentials (40-hour course, September 7-October 30)

The goal of this course is for participants to familiarize themselves with academic reading and writing skills and strategies and to apply those skills and strategies to authentic academic texts and scenarios. Instruction will include close reading of a variety of academic texts, reading and annotation strategies, and writing about readings. In addition, further writing instruction will focus on rhetorical organization, writing genres, and revision strategies. Grammar instruction will be incorporated throughout. By the end of this courses, participants will have a fuller understanding of academic reading and writing in order to be more successful in a variety of contexts.


Culture of the American South (40-hour course, September 7-October 30)

Culture of the American South is an integrated skills English course covering aspects of the American South that include history, music, folk art, literature, and lifestyles. Students will also have input on topics of interest.  Students will strengthen their English language skills in discussions and written reports about the American South, including comparing the American South to their home country. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the culture of the American South and a wider knowledge of their own unique culture and global experiences.


Coming Soon!  IEP Hybrid Program — a combination of one or more online short courses AND a 2-week on-site cultural tour.  Contact for more information!

See recorded info-session  about the hybrid program here


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