AUDIENCE: This course is intended for learners who demonstrate advancing ability to use English independently.
GOALS: The course aims to consolidate language skills and strategies that enable learners to understand and use fairly complex language on both familiar and unfamiliar, concrete and abstract topics in personal, social, academic, and professional contexts.
TYPES OF WORK: Individually or in groups, students analyze the structure of diverse, authentic written and listening texts (e.g. articles, job advertisements), contextual clues, textual relationships, lines of argument, and coherent devices. Activities at this level focus on summaries and multiple-paragraph writing on the basis of varied information sources. Through group discussions and debates, role plays and presentations, students practice how to communicate appropriately by adjusting their language choices to the topic, audience, and situation. They also learn how to structure and deliver effective, well-supported presentations on academic and non-academic topics of interest. Through controlled and semi-controlled pronunciation practice and speaking tasks (e.g. presentations, discussions), they continue to work on English sounds, phrase stress and rhythm, natural speech phenomena, and pragmatic uses of intonation. Students are trained to effectively utilize descriptive vocabulary in written or spoken production on a wide range of topics and with adequate attention to levels of formality. In addition, special emphasis is placed on construction grammar (e.g. gerundial and infinitive phrases, passive constructions), as well as on noun and adjective phrases.
OUTCOMES: At the end of the course, students are able to effectively analyze, process, and engage with multiple-source information of varied complexity. They can structure and support their views adequately, and communicate clearly, fluently, and accurately on a wide range of subjects in oral and written form.
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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