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The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers five levels of academic English. New students receive a thorough English proficiency evaluation to ensure proper level assignment. Students entering the Intensive English Program should have at least low-intermediate English skills. Classes for this program meet for 18 hours each week.
*Please Note: Our Foundations Level (beginning) classes are for students who have studied some English. Before they begin our classes, these students can use or understand 200 to 400 words in English, have successful conversations in English, and write in paragraph form.
Continuing English Language Academy (ELA) students who pass their classes move to the next higher level of course work in the following term.
Full-time students take all four courses:
All ELA courses are held during the day. Classes meet for 18 hours each week, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Monday though Thursday. Each class includes a 15 minute break during the class hours. There are no classes on Fridays, but some ELA Club activities will be held on Fridays.
Here is the class schedule for ELA students at all levels, Foundations through University Bridge:
New students take placement exams, which are administered at the beginning of each term, to determine their proficiency level. Currently, these exams include a 35-minute writing sample, similar to the TOEFL iBT independent-task essay and an Institutional (paper-based) TOEFL test, which has sections on listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and reading.
In some cases, new student placement is adjusted on the basis of additional diagnostic testing given during the first week of the term.
The chart below offers
approximate examples of class placement based on TOEFL. These ranges are
estimates and meant to help students understand their possible placement level at ELA, but are not guarantees of ELA level placement.