AUDIENCE: This course is intended for learners who demonstrate emerging ability to use English independently.
GOALS: The course aims to develop linguistic ability to understand and communicate in common routine and non-routine situations on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. storytelling, weekend plans).
TYPES OF WORK: Individually or in groups, students engage in descriptive, and explanatory tasks (e.g. in presentations), express their opinions and attitudes with adequate support (e.g. in oral discussions and written, online comments or reviews) and devote attention to socio-cultural appropriateness of language use. In addition, in the context of controlled pronunciation practice and speaking tasks (e.g. presentations, role plays), students continue to train on perception and production of sounds and sound clusters in English as well as on word-and-phrase-level stress. They practice recognition of the general structure and important details in authentic, written and listening texts of varied length and complexity. Also, students are exposed to and enabled to recognize and use a wider range of word families, informal, and formal vocabulary of increasing complexity. Particular emphasis is given to types of sentences (e.g. conditionals), as well as to perfect tenses, modals and high-frequency phrasal verbs.
OUTCOMES: At the end of the course, students are able to show understanding of and communicate on a variety of familiar subjects of interest with reasonable clarity, fluency, and confidence. They can produce paragraph and multiple-paragraph-level work with a good command of vocabulary and sentence structure of a wider scope.
ASSESSMENT: Students’ performance 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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