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Intensive English Program (IEP)

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The Intensive English Program (IEP) is for all who wish to improve their English language skills for personal, professional, or academic reasons.

Description
  • Intensive program – 20 hours of instruction per week
  • Six levels: intro through advanced. All our levels are referenced to the CEFR standards
  • All skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation
  • Optional extra classes (TOEFL,  IELTS, GRE, Pronunciation, Professional English, Technical Writing, STEM, and more)
  • Extra-intensive program in summer – 26 hours per week
  • Academic resources: free tutoring and writing help, libraries, computer laboratories, multi-media language learning laboratories, and more
  • Full calendar of student activities and events for daily English practice
Dates & Fees

Students may continue to study as long as they wish, until they complete the program.

Class Schedule

IEP students attend classes 20 hours or more per week. Classes are every day, usually from morning through mid-afternoon.
Students at the high intermediate level (level 4) and higher may also enroll in extra optional classes in the late afternoon.
Many IEP students follow a schedule similar to these:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Level INTRO, 1 and 2)
  • Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Monday to Thursday, 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM (Level 3, 4 and 5) 

New students should be prepared to pay in full for tuition and UMBC health insurance when they begin their studies. Full payment is due before classes begin.

Course Descriptions

Students are given a placement test during orientation to determine the level of English they are to begin studying.


Core Courses
Level Intro

Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary, Level Intro

This course is designed to develop basic English language reading, writing, and vocabulary skills for students who have not had prior experience with the English language. Students learn to name and form all letters and numbers, to write the most common words with correct spelling and to follow the rules of capitalization and punctuation. Students also develop reading strategies including recognizing common sight words, decoding all alphabet sounds, and reading and responding appropriately to words and sentences. Prerequisite:  Permission of the department.

Grammar Skills, Level Intro

This course is designed to help novice speakers of English to develop grammar concepts. Students learn to recognize basic parts of speech and construct simple sentences using present and present progressive tenses. They also learn to correctly use subject pronouns, object pronouns, and some adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and modals. Prerequisite:  Permission of the department. 

Speaking and Listening, Level Intro

This course is designed to develop basic English language listening and speaking skills for students who have not had prior experience with the English language. To develop these skills students engage in a variety of practical activities such as role-plays, individual and pair work. Students learn to understand and respond to simple classroom instructions, common greetings, introductions, comments about weather or the time, daily interests and activities. Additionally, they practice differentiating the basic sentence types using rising intonation for yes and no questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

Level 1

Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary, Level 1

This course is designed to develop beginning English language skills, focusing on vocabulary, reading, and writing. Students learn to produce affirmative and negative statements and questions using the simple present, simple past, present progressive, and future tenses. Students spell accurately, write simple sentences using correct word order, express several ideas on topic within a paragraph, and learn general and academic vocabulary to facilitate communication. Students develop reading strategies including guessing meaning from context and reading for specific information in order to read short texts for main ideas and details.

Grammar Skills, Level 1

This course is designed to help beginning level speakers of English to develop grammar concepts. Students learn to produce affirmative and negative statements and questions using the simple present, simple past, present progressive, and future tenses. They also learn to correctly use count and non-count nouns, quantifiers and articles in simple cases. They utilize adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and models.

Speaking and Listening, Level 1

This course is designed to help beginning English language learners develop listening and speaking skills through a variety of practical listening and speaking activities, including role-plays, individual and group presentations, small discussions, and pair work. Students learn to understand and answer questions from their instructor and classmates and to identify main ideas and details in listening activities. Students practice speaking and listening skills while increasing their knowledge of U.S. life.

Level 2

Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary, Level 2

This course is designed to help low-intermediate level English learners improve their vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Students learn and practice simple and progressive tenses, adjective forms, conditional forms, and modal verbs with increasing accuracy. Students increase their vocabulary to communicate about themselves, their lives in the U.S., and other practical topics. Students write correct simple and complex sentences. Students also practice writing multiple styles of well-organized paragraphs using the writing process. Students also read short articles and other texts for comprehension to develop their reading skills and improve their skills as independent learners.

Grammar Skills, Level 2

This course is designed to help high-beginning to low-intermediate level speakers of English to enhance their knowledge of grammar concepts. Students learn and practice simple and progressive tenses, adjective forms, conditional forms, and modal verbs with increasing accuracy. They also correctly interpret and use pronouns, quantifiers and an increasing variety of modals, gerunds, and infinities.

Speaking and Listening, Level 2

This course is designed to help high-beginning English learners develop listening and speaking strategies to converse with their instructor, classmates, and native speakers of English in the community. Students increase their vocabulary, participate in group work in English, and give short presentations on familiar topics. Students also increase their knowledge of cultural norms through a variety of real-life experiences in U.S. culture. Students practice listening and speaking in role plays, conversations, projects, group work, and other interactive activities.

Level 3

Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary, Level 3

This course is designed to help high-intermediate level students enhance their reading, writing and vocabulary skills for both academic and every-day situations. Students improve their reading skills for skimming, scanning, reading for details, inferring and guessing meaning from context in order to read texts on familiar and unfamiliar topics. Students use the writing process to write a variety of well-organized and cohesive paragraphs and essays on familiar and unfamiliar topics. By the end of the semester, students write essays on a variety of familiar topics. In addition, students increase their productive and receptive vocabulary in order to communicate about academic and general topics in English.   

Grammar Skills, Level 3

This course is designed to help low intermediate level English learners enhance their grammar skills for both academic and everyday situations.  Through a variety of classroom, laboratory and outside-of-class activities, students practice and use intermediate grammatical structures such as count and noncount nouns, determiners, comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs, phrasal verbs, past and future tenses with time clauses, perfect tenses, gerunds and infinitives, modals and passive voice.

Speaking and Listening, Level 3

This course is designed to increase low intermediate level English learners’ listening and speaking skills. Students give longer group and individual presentations on familiar and unfamiliar topics and work in groups to negotiate and come to consensus.  Students also practice understanding a variety of authentic listening texts and develop their ability to make inferences while listening. Students recognize core cultural values and compare and contrast their home country's culture to those of other countries. Classroom activities include role-plays, dialogues, debates, and discussion of real-life scenarios.

Level 4

Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary, Level 4

This course is designed for low-advanced students in the non-academic (non-college preparatory) track at the ELI. Students develop their vocabulary, reading and writing skills through daily-life and professional topics including psychology, American literature, economics, technology, and sociology.  Students improve their independent reading strategies, identify their own sources of difficulty with reading comprehension, and target improvements. In addition to the textbook, the instructor provides supplemental readings from newspapers, magazines, and short story anthologies. Students further develop their accuracy and fluency as writers in English using the process approach to writing to produce multiple paragraph essays.

Grammar Skills, Level 4

This course is designed for high intermediate students in the non-academic (non-college preparatory) track at the ELI.  Through a variety of classroom, laboratory and outside-of-class activities, students learn to interpret and use advanced grammatical forms including compound and complex sentences, use of all tenses, adjective, adverb and noun clauses, conditionals, gerunds and infinitives, subjunctives, passive voice, and reported speech. 

Speaking and Listening, Level 4

This course is designed to increase high intermediate-level English learners' listening and speaking skills and oral communication strategies. Students practice listening comprehension using a variety of authentic resources and develop their ability to make inferences and express opinions. Students work in groups to negotiate and come to consensus, and give longer group and individual presentations on familiar and unfamiliar topics. Students recognize core cultural values and compare and contrast their home country's culture to those of other countries. Classroom activities include role-plays, dialogues, debates, and discussion of real-life scenarios. 

English Language Independent Study

This course is designed for high intermediate level students who are taking other ELI courses and who may have run out of skill focused courses to enroll in. Students will design and complete individual study projects geared to their particular needs. While students will be doing most of the work independently, they are required to meet with an instructor weekly to report on their progress towards their goal. This course will be offered in case any of the ELI scheduled courses do not run due to the lack of enrollment.

Level 5

Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary, Level 5

This course is designed for advanced level students in the non-academic (non-college preparatory) track at the ELI.  Students improve their vocabulary and content knowledge expected of an educated native speaker on diverse themes, including business, public policy, politics, sports, biology, and history. This course also focuses on refining the language skills needed for daily life and career.  Students a variety of sources daily to strengthen their advanced reading skills. Students also further develop their accuracy of written English and write multi-paragraph essays on different topics relevant to their life and careers.  

Grammar Skills, Level 5

This course is designed to improve the grammatical skills of advanced English language learners in the non-academic (non-college preparatory) track at the ELI. The student will interpret and use advanced grammatical forms including all verb tenses, adjective, noun and adverb clauses, determiners, quantifiers and noun modifiers, modals of possibility, tense shifts, participial adjectives, reported speech and conditionals.

Speaking and Listening, Level 5

This course is designed to increase low advanced-level English learners' listening and speaking skills and understanding and ability to speak about current and world events and other topics of cultural and personal relevance. Students use U.S. news and popular media as a basis for listening and speaking activities. Students work in groups to negotiate and come to consensus, and give longer group and individual presentations on familiar and unfamiliar topics. They also practice understanding a variety of authentic listening texts and develop their ability to make inferences while listening. Students recognize core cultural values and compare and contrast their home country's culture to those of other countries. Classroom activities include role plays, dialogues, debates, and discussion of "real life" scenarios.

English Language Independent Study

This course is designed for advanced level students who are nearing the end of their ELI studies and who may have run out of skill focused courses to enroll in. Students will design and complete individual study projects geared to their particular needs. While students will be doing most of the work independently, they are required to meet with an instructor weekly to report on their progress towards their goal. This course will be offered in case any of the ELI scheduled courses do not run due to the lack of enrollment.

 

Please review this list of our test preparation and special elective courses.


 



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