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 Special Topics courses.  Part-time students can choose their courses.

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

Oral Communication Skills
Listening, speaking and pronunciation classes 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 textbooks, 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 textbooks, 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.

Special Topics Courses - Spring II Session - 4 hours per week

American National Parks (all level)
This interactive course about the history and role of American National Parks in American life will be using both print and online sources to develop English language vocabulary and speaking skills. The class will examine famous parks, the origins of the national park idea both in America and other countries as well, the relationship of humans to nature and will be highly conversational.

English Though Story: Tom Sawyer (all level)
This course is designed to pull the language learner into rich cultural context from which meaning and vocabulary will be extracted and discussed. This course is a three skills course: Reading, Speaking and Listening. Language will also be lifted and applied to real life situations. The book is written by one of the most loved American authors of all time. Because one of the scenes in the book is based on an historical event in the region, the class will visit this site for a reenactment to understand its significance to the story.