AUDIENCE: This course is intended for learners with basic overall language ability in English.
GOALS: The course works to further develop basic language skills and strategies to understand and use English in everyday routines (e.g. exercise routines), simple exchanges on topics of immediate relevance (e.g. health, shopping), or more formal ones (e.g. work space, fitness programs).
TYPES OF WORK: Students are introduced to basic listening, communication strategies, and presentation skills to manage interaction and exchange of information on common daily practices (e.g. where you shop, how you exercise), as well as brief descriptions of past events. Through controlled pronunciation practice and speaking tasks (e.g. presentations) students review how to perceive and produce basic vowel sounds and consonant combinations, and learn to recognize contractions, word stress, and question intonation patterns. Individually or in groups, they are also given the opportunity to develop reading and writing competencies through exposure to and interaction with non-authentic and authentic text types, and high frequency vocabulary (e.g. food, everyday items). They engage in paragraph-level work with attention to sentence structure variation, review core verb tenses, and practice degrees of adjectives.
OUTCOMES: By the end of the course, students are able to understand and communicate in simple, routine tasks in familiar, informal, and some formal situations with a fair degree of clarity, fluency, and confidence.
ASSESSMENT: Students’ progress in this course is assessed through graded homework assignments, quizzes, unit tests, midterm and final level exams.
The Intensive English Program (IEP) curriculum is based on the Common European Framework of References (CEFR).
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