Levels

Five Levels Offer the Perfect Fit For You: The IEP has five levels and each level has classes in reading, writing and oral communication. Students must take a placement test during registration to determine which level is most appropriate for them.

Level 1

Description

Classes focus on the fundamental skills involved in reading, writing, listening to and speaking English. Through class activities students practice simple conversations, basic listening skills, pronunciation, reading comprehension and strategies, vocabulary development and writing complete sentences and paragraphs.

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Courses

Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Reading and Vocabulary Workshop

By the end of Level 1 you should be able to:

  • Participate in simple conversations
  • Give an informal presentation
  • Narrate a story and describe a picture
  • Write a paragraph
  • Read paragraphs and short text

Level 2

Description

Classes focus on interpersonal communication skills in an informal setting. Students develop their reading skills to improve comprehension while building their vocabulary. They write paragraphs incorporating grammatical concepts taught in class.

Courses

Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Reading and Vocabulary Workshop

By the end of Level 2 you should be able to:

  • Participate in simple conversations
  • Give an informal presentation
  • Narrate a story and describe a picture
  • Write a paragraph
  • Read paragraphs and short text
  • Use an ESL dictionary

Level 3

Description

Classes focus on interpersonal communication and academic skills. Students read more complex selections and write simple essays. They also take part in more in-depth conversations.

Courses

Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Reading and Vocabulary Workshop

By the end of Level 3 you should be able to:

  • Participate in group discussions
  • Give informal presentations
  • Describe characteristics, compare and contrast two or more items, and discuss advantages and disadvantages
  • Take notes from an adapted lecture
  • Write a simple essay
  • Summarize a short reading
  • Read longer, more complex texts
  • Read an adapted book in English
  • Use an ESL dictionary

Level 4

Description

Classes focus on improving communication skills in general, as well as preparing students for academic classes. Students read and listen to a variety of authentic materials and participate in more complex listening and speaking activities.

Courses

Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Selected Topics

By the end of Level 4 you should be able to:

  • Lead and participate in group discussions
  • Give informal and formal presentations
  • Take notes from a simplified lecture
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay
  • Describe a problem and offer solutions and discuss causes and effects
  • Summarize and paraphrase from a reading
  • Read and evaluate articles
  • Read a book or various short stories with the class
  • Use a college-level dictionary 

Level 5

Description

The academic focus of this course enables students to use their English language skills at a complex and in-depth level such as is found in the university setting. The overall goal is to prepare students to handle a regular academic course load.

Courses

Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Selected Topics

By the end of Level 5 you should be able to:

  • Lead and participate in group discussions
  • Give a formal, academic presentation
  • Critically react to readings and argue/support an opinion
  • Take notes from an academic lecture
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay and a research paper
  • Respond to essay test questions
  • Paraphrase, summarize, quote and cite from readings
  • Read academic texts and articles
  • Read a book or various short stories in English independently
  • Use a college-level dictionary