Intensive English Program Levels and Courses
IEP Level Descriptions
The curriculum of the Intensive English Program consists of two levels of English proficiency. Levels are grouped into intermediate and advanced to allow students of similar abilities and interests to study together.
Intermediate students can understand most questions and statements at normal speaking speed. They can carry on conversation with native speakers in most social situations. Nevertheless, their fluency and accuracy may still be weak in one or more areas. Students at the intermediate level are expected not only to practice English in meaningful conversation but also to gradually prepare for academic study.
Advanced students can use English with accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing. They are approaching readiness or are ready to begin academic study. Students at the advanced level are expected to deliver oral presentations, read academic texts, listen to academic lectures, and learn how to write academic papers and short extensive research papers.
IEP Course Descriptions
Speaking and Listening – Students in this class discuss a variety of cultural events and practice delivering presentations and actively participating in a group setting. The goal in this course is to develop communicative fluency through projects, videotaped presentations and individual feedback. On occasion, invited professors will speak on topical themes. The beginning course helps students participate more confidently in everyday conversations and group discussions. In the beginner level, building students’ confidence is emphasized. The intermediate course helps students develop both fluency and accuracy not only in everyday conversation but also in academic settings. The advanced course highlights the connections between speaking and listening for academic purposes. Students will learn how to ask questions and respond in class. Students will also learn to give both formal and informal presentations.
Language Fluency: Reading & Writing, Speaking & Listening – This integrated class prepares English language learners to apply and develop their understanding of English in spoken and written contexts. Students will analyze parts of English speech, refine their organizational and editing skills, and improve their spoken forms of communication through seminars, discussions, and presentations. The beginning course helps students build their knowledge and accuracy of written English and communication skills. The intermediate/advanced courses help students cultivate their written and spoken English competency and confidence.
Reading and Writing – Students in this course will read social and academic texts as well as American literature. They will recognize conventions, styles, vocabulary, and linguistic structures. The beginning course helps students develop their basic reading skills and build their vocabulary. Along with reading, students will practice basic writing activities related to students' experiences. The intermediate course helps students develop both reading and critical thinking skills to become more effective readers. Based on the reading, students will practice a variety of writing activities including the techniques of paraphrasing and summarizing of information effectively. At the advanced level, the focus is on more academic topics. The advanced course helps students improve their academic vocabulary, learn to edit a paper, integrate proper citation for academic papers, and analyze tone and style. The ultimate goal of the advanced course is for students to successfully produce academic papers.