Intensive English Language Program (IELP)


Our Mission

The mission of Claflin University’s IELP is to help students from around the world succeed in American universities, by cultivating excellence in English language proficiency and intercultural communication.

IELP Goals

 students with essential pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills in the English language

American cultural competency into the ESL curriculum through classroom and off-campus immersion activities 

 students’ knowledge of American classroom cultures and prepare them for success in American colleges and universities

International students pose in a classroom

IELP Overview  

Claflin University provides a twelve-month, research-based Intensive English Language Program (IELP) for students whose native languages are not English. The goal of this program is to enable students to improve their English language proficiency rapidly and effectively, so that they can move on to study one of Claflin’s 36 academic majors, and to help them adjust to American classroom cultures and university environments.

The English Conversation Partners (ECP)
 is designed to supplement the IELP, and give IELP students more opportunities to practice what they have learned in class. Specifically, the ECP program matches an IELP student to an American student from Claflin’s Department of English and Foreign Languages. American students will share their own cultures and experiences with their international conversation partners, and learn more about their partners’ home countries and cultures.