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 written 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, iTEP Academic etc. We offer small class sizes (average 6-8 students per class) and opportunities to audit college classes or take college classes for credit.

We offer semester-long sessions during the academic year (September - May), and 6-week sessions in the summer (May - August).

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Class hours:

  • 20 hours of classroom instruction per week  
  • Core curriculum and Choice class in the morning.
  • Focus on listening & speaking and reading & writing in the afternoon hours

Grammar Class :

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

Listening, Speaking and Reading Comprehension and Writing

Students get an intensive hour/day of instruction on Listening & Speaking and also one hour/day of reading/writing.


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 - Ability Levels from Beginner to Advanced

New students are tested before the first day here and placed into the most appropriate level based on their test scores, ranging from beginner to advanced.

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

Course Descriptions

Use this link to see descriptions of each level.


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

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.