At the same time as it increases students' facility with English, the English for Liberal Arts (ELA) Program also cultivates the ability to produce ideas and other skills necessary to study effectively at ICU. Readings are drawn from such topics as Intercultural Communication and Bioethics. Students then discuss these topics and compose short essays, through which they gain the ability to think creatively, critically and independently.
Classes are conducted in English, meaning students refine the practical English skills they need for university studies.
Students with a high degree of proficiency in English when they enter ICU are able to pursue shorter, more intensive studies, while students who wish to proceed at a steadier pace are offered diverse opportunities for guidance and practice. Issues such as how to give presentations, how to listen to lectures, and building vocabulary are not limited to the study of English but serve as an important foundation for study at the university level. Also, in preparation for undergraduate research and thesis writing, all ELA students complete a course at the end of the program that focuses on academic research writing.
The ELA is designed to promote maximum student engagement and interest, which make learning easier and more enjoyable. The ELA has small classes that emphasize group discussion and a lot of interaction with other students and teachers. The program is an important introduction to a liberal arts education, which, at ICU, takes place amid a stimulating learning environment.