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            IEP Program

            INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

            WHAT TO EXPECT

            • Placement test to accurately determine your starting level
            • Six 8-week sessions per year
            • 10 levels of instruction
            • Classes meet Monday-Thursday from 9am-1:30pm or Monday -Tuesday 9am – 6:30pm

            10 Levels of Instruction

            • Beginning- Levels 1, 2, & 3
            • Intermediate- Levels 4, 5, & 6
            • Advanced- Levels 7 & 8
            • Professional- Levels 9 & 10

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            COURSE DESCRIPTION


            • Beginning Literacy (Level 1)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              This course is designed for students who have little or no background in English.  Students will begin to acquire basic English to communicate the concepts of self, identity, and friends. The student will be able to give and ask for basic information relating to their name, origin, birthdays, and holidays. Emphasis will be placed on speaking, grammar, pronunciation, listening, writing and reading. Units covered include (but aren’t limited to) introductions, hobbies, places, work, time, clothes, shopping, weather, food, dates, body parts, and demographic information. Students will also learn commonly used words or phrases, greetings, writing simple sentences, using simple tense, and other basic skills. Learners will be able to converse on a basic level with each other and attain the basic foundation of English grammar. Grammar lessons consist of basic syntax, tense usage, and common adverbs/adjectives. Topics covered include using “be” and “have,” using the simple present, using the present progressive, talking about the present, pronouns and nouns, count and non-count nouns and expressing past time. Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to communicate and understand English at a basic level, including hlding a conversation for a couple minutes.


              Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement test


            • Low Beginner (Level 2)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              This course is designed for students who have a basic foundation in English after completion of level 1. The student will expand on their basic grammar skills acquired from the previous level by learning and distinguishing between the present progressive, past progressive, and simple past. They will also begin to create sentences in the past and future tenses using phrases and words relating to the future or past. The student will learn how to use polite questions, imperative statements, indefinite pronouns, possessive nouns, comparatives and superlatives. The student will use their expanded grammar abilities in reading, writing, and speaking in different activities dealing with family, personal interests, travel, sports, food, and invitations. The students will engage in conversation with each other as well as the teacher to better master their abilities. A student in this level will be able to talk about the past and future, give their basic opinions about experiences, and ask about other people. A student in this level has enough proficiency to use the language to communicate basic ideas about themselves, hobbies, and more physical activities, but is still at a beginner’s level.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 1 test or appropriate score on placement test


            • High Beginner (Level 3)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              At this stage, the student will learn how to composite simple sentences and write on a simple level using description and narration. They will be able to talk and write about their childhood, their lifestyle, technology issues, travel plans, personality features, and so on. Students will attain a stronger sense of sentence structure and have a larger vocabulary to communicate and translate ideas from sentences into paragraphs. The student will depart from the basic beginner’s grasp of English to a more intermediate grasp of the language. The student will be better able to describe situations and requests. They will embark on expression of abstract ideas and begin to build a foundation to convey abstract ideas. Grammar will focus on strengthening their knowledge of the simple present tenses, simple past tenses, perfect tenses, future tense, and more advanced grammar tenses such as the past progressive. They will also learn transitional words and phrases that will help to make their speech and writing smoother and more fluent.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1&2 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 2 test or appropriate score on placement test


            • Low Intermediate (Level 4)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              By this point, students are beginning to develop basic competence in spoken English. They can take care of their day-to-day needs in English and communicate and understand at a simple level. They are able to ask for clarification though they still need practice with detailed or complex language. They can speak of abstract concepts like personalities, narrate stories, rites of passage, turning points, and describe good qualities for a job interview. They are able to converse with each other to reach solutions for problems and discuss pros and cons of an issue. They can describe hypothetical events and are also able to give instructions. Cognates that exist in their own language will be easily recognized. The student will begin to transition through sentences and paragraphs with more fluency and flow using transitional phrases and conjunctions. They will be able to do more than describe and will start to compare objects or ideas. Students can use the grammar tenses more comfortably now but still with considerable error that requires correction. They will begin to use and understand the passive and active voice, practicing these two different voices. After completion of this level, the student will be able to discuss in depth about their preferences and thoughts on course-specific issues. They will also be able to give instructions and advice using more precise words and grammar tenses, and with greater fluency.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-3 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 3 test or appropriate score on placement test


            • Intermediate (Level 5)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              Students engage in practical, real-world English speaking and conversation building. They learn to write with accuracy and depth, expanding their vocabulary and improving on their use of grammar mechanics. They go beyond the basic ideas of topics and can discuss main ideas, make comparisons, state advantages and disadvantages, and explain reasons and conditions. They can now speak of past situations with more fluency, giving explanations and reasons for events and situations. Learners at this level will speak not only about personal and everyday situations but also work-related or academic topics as well. They can go beyond discussion into evaluating, contrasting, and categorizing in English. The course will introduce and explore more complex grammatical structures, with an emphasis on choosing the most appropriate tenses and recognizing various expressions in practical situations. The student will write in English using the grammar and vocabulary they have learned. They will learn how to write persuasively and effectively at the basic level using supporting statements and a thesis. By the end of the course, students should have much more confidence in conveying their ideas, including with greater depth, accuracy, and vocabulary usage.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-4 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 4 test or appropriate score on placement test


            • High Intermediate (Level 6)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              This course is designed for students who have a stronger knowledge of English grammar and composition. Students at this level can speak English in increasingly advanced situations. They will be able to converse on technical and specific topics relating to friendship, fashion, personal beliefs, hobbies, technology, lifestyle changes, animals, and people who have made an impact on the student. A focus of this class will be to implement increasingly complex grammatical structures into spoken (and written) communication while maintaining fluidity and fluency of expression. The student will write persuasive, opinion, informative, and narrative pieces. It will focus on discussion between students, delving into their personal opinions of topics.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-5 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 5 test or appropriate score on placement test


            • Low Advanced (Level 7)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              In this class, students will begin to read texts of greater length which are more comparable to academic and other higher-level literature (e.g. media reports). They will begin to interpret readings, make predictions, and identify main ideas and supporting details. Grammar points will be covered throughout the level, reaffirming and deepening what the students have already learned in previous levels. Now grammar skills will be incorporated into writing exercises that help students identify grammar structures and self-correct. This level also marks the transition into academic and formal writing, especially at the paragraph level but also by writing basic 3-5 paragraph essays. Students’ oral communication skills will increase, as they make simple oral presentations, retell simple stories, participate in face-to-face conversations on topics going beyond the most immediate needs, and identify the main ideas and factual information in level appropriate listening passages. Beyond this, they will also start the first phase of research-based academic presentations which expand in breadth and depth through the remaining levels of the IEP.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-6 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 6 test 


            • High Advanced (Level 8)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              Throughout this course, students will think more critically about the content of a reading and its relevance to their own lives. Students will be taught to recognize and use the context clues and knowledge of word families, prefixes, and suffixes to understand new vocabulary, developing a larger active and receptive vocabulary repertoire. Students will be able to use their knowledge of grammatical structures to further comprehend reading material. By this point, students should be able to complete readings in a fixed period of time, and also begin to convey meaning in a fixed period of time. They will be able to initiate and conduct (lead) role plays and discussions and may be asked to teach certain course concepts. They will have a firmer grasp of grammar and how to integrate it into their daily lives. This level builds upon the presentation and academic (essay) writing requirements that began in L7.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-7 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 7 test


            • Professional 1 (Level 9)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              The course emphasizes essay development and reading comprehension in the context of contemporary, high-interest content, such as emerging knowledge of the human brain, cross-cultural influence, and corporate ethics and sustainability. Students will learn to use previewing, skimming, scanning, and note-taking techniques; accurately summarize and paraphrase main ideas from level-appropriate appropriate readings, and enhance listening skills with respect to more nuanced features of the language, such as: speaker’s attitude, language that signals a revision of previously held beliefs, and subtle ways of asking for advice. Besides the academic writing components, students will also learn the essential components of a clear narrative. Critical thinking skills will be explored and employed in order to analyze the reading, conduct research, and compose increasingly complex essays. The student will also learn different phrasal verbs commonly used in the English language and how to use them in appropriate contexts in their daily lives.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-8 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 8 test


            • Professional II (Level 10)

              This class meets: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:30pm or Monday-Tuesday from 9:00am-6:30pm


              8 week session.


              In this course, students will further improve their reading comprehension skills and continue to write well-structured paragraphs and essays. Specifically, students will learn to use a variety of pre-reading strategies to become more effective readers and to identify main and supporting ideas of a text. Students will conclude their focus on phrasal verbs to become experts in identifying and using phrasal verbs in their speech and writing. Students will be well versed in speaking about a variety of different topics from religion to poverty to culture. Students will become fluent in a variety of different writing techniques and strategies in speaking to better express themselves effectively. In addition, students will conduct basic internet searches and use word-processing software to write, edit, and format written assignments.


              Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1-9 or receive a passing score on the IEP Level 9 test


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