Intensive English Program

Undergraduate Bulletin
Document Number 4.09.03.

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[1] Intensive English Program Courses (IEP)

0310 LISTENING AND SPEAKING Focuses on the sound system of English, listening discrimination, and aural comprehension in various situations including academic class work. Practices listening and comprehensive note-taking strategies. Emphasizes pronunciation, intonation, conversational techniques, oral discussions, and informal and formal speeches. Meets 5 hours per week. Three levels. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP. On demand.

0320 GRAMMAR Focuses on irregular and regular verbs, appropriate use of tenses, complex and compound sentence formation, and parallelism and complementation in the context of speaking and writing. Meets 5 hours per week. Three levels. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP. On demand.

0330 READING Focuses on content comprehension, including recognition and analysis of main and supporting ideas, and vocabulary development. Highlights reading techniques, including skimming and scanning. Introduces differentiating fact from fiction, inferring meaning, and recognizing point of view, tone, symbolism, and abstractions. Emphasizes materials of all lengths, including technical and non-technical subjects. Meets 5 hours per week. Three levels. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP. On demand.

0340 WRITING Focuses on development of simple sentence, paragraph, multi-paragraph and multi-page themes, reports, and research papers. Emphasizes vocabulary, complex sentence patterns, transitions, and organizational patterns. Introduces journal writing, letter writing, and outlining. Meets 5 hours per week. Three levels. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP. On demand.

1105 EVERYDAY VOCABULARY BUILDING A one-credit IEP elective focusing on development of basis volcabulary through study of words in various categories - everyday language, people, housing, food, clothing, health, community, transportation, areas of study, plants and animals, work, and recreation. Introduces common idioms and expressions and introduces students to basic dictionary use. Available to students in Levels 1 and 2. Fall, spring.

1110 U.S. CULTURE & HIGHER EDUCATION A one-credit IEP elective that aims to help international students adjust to U.S. culture and university life. Available to students in Level 3 and 4. Fall, spring.

1115 PRONUNCIATION 1 A one-credit IEP elective at the beginning to high-beginning levels that focuses on the recognition and pronunciation of English sounds. In addition to work on differentiating between similar and/or confusing sounds, students will have an opportunity to practice individual vowel and consonant sounds. Guidance on procedures and techniques will also be introduced on basic word stress, rhythm, and basic intonation. Fall, spring.

1116 PRONUNCIATION 2 A one-credit elective at the intermediate level that focuses on the recognition and pronunciation on the sound system of English. In addition to work on differentiating between similar and/or confusing sounds, students will have an opportunity to focus on personal difficult areas that interfere with the comprehension of the student's speech. Guidance will be provided on techniques to improve word stress, rhythm, articulation, pausing, and linking. Fall, spring.

1117  PRONUNCIATION 3 A one-credit IEP elective at the high-intermediate level that focuses on the pronunciation of the English sound system. Students will have an opportunity to work on the vocal effects that extend over more than one sound segment in an utterance, such as pitch, stress, or juncture pattern. Guidance on procedures and techniques will also be provided in areas such as consonant clusters, word and sentence stress, intonation and articulation. Fall, spring.

1120 LEVEL 1 ACADEMIC VOCABULARY An IEP course at the beginning level, this course allows students to begin building academic vocabulary skills.  Students begin developing vocabulary from the General Service List and are introduced to the Academic Word List.

1121 LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC VOCABULARY An IEP course at the high-beginning/low-intermediate level, this course continues building academic vocabulary skills.  Students continue developing vocabulary from the General Service List and begin to focus on the Academic Word List.

1122 LEVEL 3 ACADEMIC VOCABULARY An IEP course at the intermediate level, this course continues building vocabulary skills.  Students will continue developing vocabulary from the Academic Word List and the General Service List.

1123 LEVEL 4 ACADEMIC VOCABULARY An IEP course at the high-intermediate level, this course continues to build academic vocabulary knowledge.  Students will continue developing vocabulary from the Academic Word List and demonstrate mastery of the General Service List.

1124 LEVEL 5 ACADEMIC VOCABULARY An IEP course at the advanced level, this course fine-tunes academic vocabulary skills in preparation for entering the university.  Students will learn several strategies for increasing vocabulary, and they will continue developing vocabulary from the Academic Word List.

1125 COMPUTER LITERACY & RESEARCH SKILLS A one-credit IEP elective introducing computer and research skills needed for study in a U.S. university. Includes using email and Internet, keyboarding, word processing, doing research on the Internet, using computer graphics, using the library's online catalog and the Library of Congress system to locate books and periodicals, finding information in periodicals and on microforms, using reference and reserve materials in the library, and using classroom management software such as WebCT. Available to students in Levels 3 and 4. Fall, spring.

1160 COMPUTER LITERACY AND RESEARCH SKILLS ELECTIVE A one-credit IEP elective introducing computer and research skills needed for study in a U.S. university. Includes using email and Internet, keyboarding, word processing, doing research on the Internet, using computer graphics, using the library's online catalog and the Library of Congress system to locate books and periodicals, finding information in periodicals and on microfilms, using reference and reserve materials in the library, and using classroom management software such as WebCT. Available to students in Levels 3 and 4. Fall, spring.

1201 BASIC ENGLISH READING SKILLS A core IEP course at the low-beginning level, this course allows students to start building basic vocabulary and reading skills in preparation for taking IEP classes.  Students begin developing vocabulary from the General Service List and focus on moving from reading short paragraphs to simple passages. Reading skills will focus on content comprehension and recognition of main ideas.

1202 BASIC ENGLISH WRITTEN EXPRESSION AND GRAMMAR A core IEP course at the low-beginning level, this course introduces students to the basic structures of English grammar and focuses on basic written expressions of English from the alphabet to simple sentence structure.

1205 LEVEL 1 ACADEMIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING A core IEP course at the beginning level, this course focuses on introducing communication and listening comprehension skills to non-native speakers of English.  Class discussion, brief oral presentations, conversation techniques and strategies, and introductory note-taking skills are practiced and developed.

1206 LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING A core IEP course at the high-beginning/low-intermediate level, this course focuses on communication and listening comprehension skills for non-native speakers of English at this level.  Classroom discussion, brief oral presentations, conversation techniques and strategies, and note-taking skills are practiced and developed.

1207 LEVEL 3 ACADEMIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING A core IEP course at the intermediate level, this course focuses on communication and listening comprehension skills necessary for non-native speakers of English at this level.  Class discussion, oral presentations, conversation techniques and strategies, and note-taking skills are practiced and developed.

1208 LEVEL 4 ACADEMIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING A core IEP course at the high-intermediate level, this course centers on the English proficiency that is needed in listening and speaking at this level.  Development of skills needed for listening to lectures and for note-taking is a focus of the course as well as strategies required in class and small-group discussion.  The course also puts emphasis on the planning, organization and techniques used in putting together and delivering oral presentations.

1209 LEVEL 5 ACADEMIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING A core IEP course at the advanced level, this course focuses on the proficiency needed in listening and speaking for the academic setting at the college level.  Students develop note-taking techniques and strengthen critical thinking skills that include reconstructing and summarizing main ideas as well as transferring knowledge from lectures to other areas.  Additionally, the course emphasizes oral communication skills through an understanding of strategies and knowledge of effective discourse as well as provides direction for students to plan, organize and deliver effective presentations.

1215 LEVEL 1 ACADEMIC READING A core IEP course at the beginning level, this course allows students to begin building academic reading skills.  Reading skills addressed include content comprehension, recognition of main ideas, skimming and scanning.

1216 LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC READING A core IEP course at the high-beginning/low-intermediate level, this course continues building academic reading skills.  Reading skills addressed include content comprehension, distinguishing between  main ideas and specific details, skimming and scanning, previewing, predicting, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

1217 LEVEL 3 ACADEMIC READING A core IEP course at the intermediate level, this course continues building academic reading skills.  Reading skills addressed include content comprehension, distinguishing between main ideas and specific details, skimming and scanning, previewing, predicting, summarizing, paraphrasing, and drawing inferences.  Students will learn several strategies for more fluent reading and improved test-taking.

1218 LEVEL 4 ACADEMIC READING A core IEP course at the high-intermediate level, this course centers on the English proficiency that is needed in listening and speaking at this level.  Development of skills needed for listening to lectures and for note-taking is a focus of the course as well as strategies required in class and small-group discussion.  The course also puts emphasis on the planning, organization and techniques used in putting together and delivering oral presentations.

1219 LEVEL 5 ACADEMIC READING A core IEP course at the advanced level, this course fine-tunes academic reading skills in preparation for entering the university.  Reading skills addressed include content comprehension, distinguishing between main ideas and specific details, skimming and scanning, previewing, predicting, summarizing, paraphrasing, drawing inferences, and identifying authors' point of view.  Students will learn several strategies for reading more fluently and improving test-taking skills.

1225 LEVEL 1 ACADEMIC WRITING A core IEP course at the beginning level, this course introduces students to writing skills at the sentence and paragraph level.

1226 LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC WRITING  A core IEP course at the high-beginning/low-intermediate level, this course focuses on writing clear sentences and paragraphs.  In addition, students begin learning the basics of revising written work for content and editing for grammatical accuracy.

1227 LEVEL 3 ACADEMIC WRITING A core IEP course at the intermediate level, this course focuses on writing well-developed paragraphs with support.  In addition, students will practice revising written work for content and editing for grammatical accuracy.

1228 LEVEL 4 ACADEMIC WRITING A core IEP course at the high-intermediate level, this course focuses on expanding students' writing skills.  Students will continue to develop their use of the process method of writing to complete paragraphs and short essays in a variety of different organizational patterns.

1229 LEVEL 5 ACADEMIC WRITING A core IEP course at the advanced level, this course is designed to refine students' writing skills for the various tasks required at the university, including writing paragraphs, summaries, and essays.  Students will plan and write essays, revise for improved content, and edit for grammatical correctness.

1235 LEVEL 1 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR A core IEP course at the beginning level, this course introduces students to the basic structures of English grammar focusing on basic verb tenses in English from simple present time through past time.

1236 LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR A core IEP course at the high-beginning/low-intermediate level, this course continues to focus on basic English grammatical structures needed to communicate in oral and written forms focusing on verb tenses through future time.

1237 LEVEL 3 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR A core IEP course at the intermediate level, this course focuses on English grammatical structures needed to communicate in oral and written forms at this level.

1238 LEVEL 4 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR A core IEP course at the high-intermediate level, this course is designed to refine students' grammar skills.  The focus of the grammar study will be on using the structures necessary for clear communication in both oral and written work at this level.

1250 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Students study special topics in English as a Second Language as determined by the needs of the international student population not enrolled full-time in the Intensive English Program. This course can be repeated. It is taught on demand only.

1239 LEVEL 5 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR A core IEP course at the advanced level, this course focuses on advanced English grammatical structures needed to speak, write, and read at this level preparing the student to enter university classes.

1310 LEVEL 1 PRONUNCIATION, CONVERSATION, AND PUBLIC SPEAKING A core IEP course at the high beginning to low intermediate level. Focuses on basic communication in English, including the sound system of English, emphasizing production of discrete sounds and introducing rhythm, intonation, and stress. Students practice using practical English in everyday conversations and making short oral presentations. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP and placement in Level 1. Fall, spring.

1325 LEVEL 2 PRONUNCIATION, CONVERSATION, AND PUBLIC SPEAKING A core IEP course at the high-intermediate level, focusing on the sound system of English as well as rhythm, stress, reduction, and intonation. Emphasizes academic communication through classroom discussions, formal oral presentations, and conversational techniques and strategies. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP and placement in Level 2. Fall, spring.

1340 LEVEL 3 PRONUNCIATION, CONVERSATION, AND PUBLIC SPEAKING A core IEP course at the advanced level. Emphasizes academic communication through classroom discussions, debates, brief informal oral presentations, and longer presentations such as informative and persuasive speeches. Allows students to focus on individualized problems in pronunciation of American English and to work on accent reduction. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP and placement in Level 3. Fall, spring.

1350 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Students study special topics in English as a Second Language as determined by the needs of the international student population not enrolled full-time in the Intensive English Program. This course can be repeated. It is taught on demand only.

1355 VOCABULARY BUILDING An IEP elective. Focuses on development of basic vocabulary through study of words in various categories: everyday language, people, housing, food, clothing, health, community, transportation, areas of study, plants and animals, work, and recreation. Develops students' vocabulary through the study of root words and affixes. Introduces common idioms and expressions. Prerequisite: Placement in Level 1 or 2. Fall, spring.

1360 U.S. CULTURAL STUDIES A three-credit IEP course for international students that focuses on American cultural values, customs, and traditions in the university setting and society. Includes work on speaking, reading, and writing. On demand only.

1365 TOEFL PREPARATION An IEP elective. Introduces students to the Test of English as a Foreign Language and provides practice with each section of the test: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension. Practices various question types, test-taking strategies, and relaxation techniques to reduce test anxiety. Pre-requisite: Placement in Level 2 or above, or consent of IEP coordinator. Fall, spring.

1405 BASIC ENGLISH ORAL COMMUNICATION A core IEP course at the low-beginning  level, this course focuses on the introduction of survival speaking skills, the development of basic listening comprehension, and the building of spoken vocabulary in order to prepare students to enter the first level of the Intensive English Program with the basic communication skills needed for campus and community interactions.

1620 LEVEL 1 ACADEMIC CLASSROOM SKILLS A core IEP course at the high beginning to low intermediate level, focusing on skills needed for university study: reading, listening to and taking notes on teachers' lectures, and classroom discussion. Reading skills developed include content comprehension, recognition of main ideas, skimming and scanning a text, and vocabulary development. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP and placement in Level 1. Fall, spring.

1630 LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC CLASSROOM SKILLS A core IEP course at the high intermediate level, focusing on skills needed for university study: reading, listening to and taking notes on teachers' lectures, and classroom discussion. Reading skills developed include content comprehension, recognition of main ideas vs. supporting details, skimming and scanning a text, making inferences, previewing, making predictions, summarizing and paraphrasing, vocabulary development, and word form analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP and placement in Level 2. Fall, spring.

1650 LEVEL 3 ACADEMIC CLASSROOM SKILLS A core IEP course at the advanced level, focusing on reading skills used in the academic setting as well as note-taking techniques and discussion strategies to prepare students for successful matriculation into the university. Prerequisite: Admission to IEP and placement in Level 3. Fall, spring.