The Maryville College ESL program is an Intensive English Program designed for students who want to improve their overall English quickly. All of the classes work towards students becoming more fluent, both orally and in writing communication.
Our graduates are well prepared to use English in any setting, including the TOEFL exam or other standard English exams such as the TOEIC, IELTS, etc. We offer small class sizes (average 6-8 students per class) and opportunities to audit college classes or take college classes for credit.

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Class hours:

  • 25 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Monday through Friday, 9 am – 3 pm (with one-hour lunch break)
  • Core curriculum and Choice class in the morning.
  • Focus on listening & speaking and reading & writing in the afternoon hours

Sample Schedule:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 - 10:00 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar
10:00 - 11:00 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar
11:00 - 12:00 Choice: Pronunciation Choice: TOEFL Choice: Pronunciation Choice: TOEFL Choice: Pronunciation
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking
2:00 - 3:00 Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing


Grammar Class (9 am – 11 am):

  • Grammar class includes: Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Listening Skills, Speaking Skills

Choice classes (11 am – 12 noon):

Choice classes change every 5 weeks and are different at lower and upper levels.  Sample classes include:

  • Survival Skills
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Pronunciation
  • English idioms
  • American culture
  • Business English
  • American cinema
  • Other choices depending on students’ interest and needs

Listening, Speaking and Reading Comprehension  

(1 pm - 3 pm)



Generally, students will have homework every day. Expect a minimum of two hours per night to be successful in this program.


All of our instructors are native English speakers who have at least master’s degrees in a relevant field or equivalent experience.

Levels of instruction - 12 Levels from Beginner to Advanced

New students are tested during their first days here and placed into one of 12 levels ranging from beginner to advanced.  Each level normally takes one five-week session to complete.

Our program places students into a group with others close to their own language ability, to help them learn faster and more easily! 

See course descriptions


Students who enroll as degree-seeking students at Maryville College will receive three Maryville College elective credits towards their Bachelor's degree for each five-week session he/she completes successfully in our ESL program.

Program length:

You can join our program for just one of our sessions, or for any number of sessions. The three-week January term and summer sessions offer three hours of classroom instruction in the morning and trips and activities in the afternoon.

Minimum Age Requirement

Our program is generally designed for students aged 16 and over.  We will admit students under 16 on a case-by-case basis.  Students under the age of 18 need special permission to live on campus.

Information in Other Languages:

You can find information and an application form in other languages here.