Course Descriptions

Levels: The IEP offers leveled instruction of Intensive English.

Each full time student enrolls in four courses that fall into three categories: Oral Communication Skills, Reading and Writing Skills and two Elective courses

Core Classes - Spring I and II Sessions - 8 hours each per week

Oral Communication Skills
Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation develop students’ English language skills to prepare them for communicative competence for professional, academic and social purposes with a focus on vocabulary building, fluency, and accuracy in spoken skills. The courses use textbook, the internet and authentic materials to promote meaningful ways to communicate ideas, solve real-life problems and participate in community life. Instructors will offer parallel instruction, modeling and practicing how to use taught language in both personal and professional situations.

Reading and Writing Skills
Reading and Writing courses serve to strengthen students vocabulary development, critical reading skills, critical thinking skills and rhetorical written skills with level appropriate scaffolded grammar, reading and writing instruction and modeling. The course will use textbook, the internet and authentic materials to promote meaningful ways to communicate ideas, reflect critical thinking and prepare students for their academic and professional goals. Instructors will offer parallel instruction, modeling and practicing how to use taught language in both personal and professional situations.

Elective Courses - Spring I Session - 4 hours per week

English Through Story – Poe High Intermediate
This course is designed to pull the language learner into rich cultural context from which meaning and vocabulary will be extracted and discussed. The course is a three skills course: Reading, Speaking and Listening. Language will also be lifted and applied to real life situations. Because the author lived in Virginia, the class will visit his museum to find more clues about his mysterious life and writing.

English Through Story – Pocahontas Low Intermediate
This course is designed to pull the language learner into rich cultural context from which meaning and vocabulary will be extracted and discussed. The course is a three skills course: Reading, Speaking and Listening. Language will also be lifted and applied to real life situations. Because the subject of the book happened in Virginia, the class will visit Jamestown where the true story occurred and take time to see the Pocahontas Exhibition

English Through Film All levels
This course is designed to use the medium of film and TV to teach spoken English and vocabulary development which is not usually captured in ESL textbooks. American culture will be explored along with the language of idioms, slang, humor, American relationships, endings and beginnings and how things are actually said so that English Language Learners can not only understand what is being said but be able to use some of the phrases as well.