IEP Levels and Courses

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a 5-level English for Academic Purposes Program.

We offer courses in academic ESL for pre-university students. These courses will prepare you to succeed in an American college or university.

In the IEP, you will take courses to improve both your written and spoken English. The courses will also help you to gain a better understanding of U.S. academic culture.

The following table lists courses in the IEP by level.  Students are placed into a level during week 1 (orientation week) after taking the IEP Placement Test.

Course descriptions and more information can be found on the current undergraduate catalog.

 Levels 1 & 2

High-Beginning and Low-Intermediate Students

  •  Introductory Structure and Writing:  Learn basic grammar and writing
  • Oral Communication:  Learn general oral communication skills related to listening and pronunciation.
  • Oral Fluency:  Build oral vocabulary, grammar and fluency through a variety of communicative activities.
  • Reading Skills:  Develop reading skills in order to become effective learners.
  • Extensive Reading:  Become better readers and develop independence and enjoyment in reading outside of class.  Students read two novels during the semester.

 Levels 3, 4, 5

Intermediate/high-intermediate & advanced students

  • Structure and Composition :  Learn skills needed for various academic writing tasks and the grammar of academic writing.
  • Oral Communication for Academic Purposes:  Learn and practice academic oral communication skills related to speaking, listening, and pronunciation.  Various academic content material such as American government, journalism and current events, and service-learning is used.
  •  Writing for University Exams:  Learn how to manage academic reading and take reading notes in order to answer written test questions on course material.  These courses currently use academic content material from environmental science, social science, and American history.
  • Reading and Listening for Academic Purposes:  Develop reading and listening skills in order to become successful learners in academic courses.  These courses currently use American culture, marketing, and psychology content material.
  • Extensive Reading:  Become better readers and develop independence and enjoyment in reading outside of class.  Students read two novels during the semester.


  • Selected Topics in English Proficiency Test Preparation:  Learn test taking skills for TOEFL and/or IELTS exams.
  • Pronunciation and Oral Fluency:  Learn how to improve your intelligibility when speaking English through various activities to learn and practice pronunciation in English.
  • Specialized Vocabulary for English Students:  Develop the skills to understand self-identified specific vocabulary (e.g. biology, marketing, nursing, economics) and learn strategies for processing field-specific texts.
  • Selected Topics in Language and CultureU.S. Academic Culture:  Develop an understanding of how U.S. cultural values influence and determine the structure, curriculum, and approaches used in public education.  Learn about the undergraduate / graduate admission process and engage in tasks (e.g. writing statements of purpose) to begin this process.
  • Selected Topics in Language and Culture:  Service Learning:  Increase listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills through service learning.  With service learning as the main course content, students also increase their oral fluency while interacting with fellow volunteers and volunteer organizations.