AUDIENCE: This course is intended for learners who demonstrate proficient ability to use English independently.
GOALS: The course aims at refining learners’ ability to understand and use language appropriate to register, topic, and audience almost effortlessly.
TYPES OF WORK: By participating in individual and group activities, students learn to analyze and critically engage with a wide variety of authentic, complex written and listening texts across disciplines and genres. They practice guessing meaning from context, identifying main/supporting ideas and points of view, and inferring logical relationships. Also, through a range of oral and written production tasks and assignments (e.g. essays, reports, summaries, presentations), students are trained to communicate strategically, with adequate attention to the organization of information, use of sources, register, and style. They review how to perceive and produce English sounds, practice rhythm, and recognize natural speech phenomena and intonation uses in controlled and semi-controlled pronunciation activities and speaking tasks (e.g. presentations, discussions). In addition, they work on mastering phraseology (e.g. phrasal verbs, idioms), word associations, and a broad range of vocabulary, including academic and technical language in their field. Similarly, students review and develop a better command of verb tenses, phrasal constructions, clause structures (e.g. relative and ‘if’ clauses), and subject-verb agreement.
OUTCOMES: At the end of the course, students show growing sophistication in managing their communication in English. They clearly, fluently, and accurately use language with quasi native-like context and audience sensitivity.
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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