Academic Information

English Language Instruction Methodology 

MLS English language instructors are native speakers of English who employ the communicative approach to develop students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through context-rich exercises which incorporate elements of academic, daily and professional life. Emphasis is placed upon student production: speaking and writing. Small class sizes with a maximum of ten students, but an average size of six students, ensure that all class participants have the opportunity to develop their language skills. 


English Language Development Evaluation

Language comprehension and production are evaluated in each class meeting through teacher observations of student performance. Student language development is also evaluated through homework, two quizzes and one exam per term.   

Academic Reports

Students language skill development is tracked in monthly academic reports which assess course comprehension, 

participation and homework completion. Absences and incidents of tardiness are also detailed in these reports. 

Student Counseling

Students who face challenges in their language learning and academic progress receive free counseling services in order to help them succeed in their studies and language acquisition. 

Academic Accreditation

The MLS English language program is currently preparing for academic accreditation. Upon accreditation, it will be the first academically-accredited, community-based, English language program in New England. 

Level Equivalencies 

The MLS English language program offers 12 levels of courses ranging from Level 1 (absolute beginner) to Level 12 (for those with native-like proficiency). The table below presents our level structure in relation to some common frames of reference for describing English abilities. 

MLS Level     TOEFL Score   IELTS Score    CEFR

Level 12          111-120              No equivalent.  No equivalent.  

Level 11          101-110              8-9                    No equivalent. 

Level 10            91-100              7-7.5                 C2 

Level 9              81-90                6.5-7                 C1 - C2

Level 8              71-80                6-6.5                 C1

Level 7              61-70                6                       B2 

Level 6              51-60                5.5-6                 B1 – B2

Level 5              41-50                4.5-5                 B1

Level 4              32-40                4.5-5                 A2

Level 3                0-31                0-4                    A2 

Level 2                0-31                0-4                    A1

Level 1                0-31                0-4                    A1 


1. Semi-Intensive Programs (1 class meeting per week) require 16 weeks per level.

2. Intensive Programs (4 class meetings per week) require 4 weeks per level.

3. “NA” = “Not Applicable” (“Not Applicable” = “Not important because it doesn’t exist.”)

4. Levels 11 and 12 are so high that there are no IELTS or CEFR equivalencies.

5. The IELTS is an English proficiency exam used in England. It is becoming popular in the U.S.

as an easier alternative to the TOEFL. As it is quite new in the U.S., institutions often have varying

opinions regarding equivalencies. For example, universities which require a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL also sometimes accept a score of 7 on the IELTS. However, students who receive scores as low as an 89 on the TOEFL can receive a 7 on the IELTS.

6. "CEFR" stands for "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages." Outside of Europe, this standard is largely unknown and irrelevant. 

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