This full-time academic program for all English language learners is ideal for learning English through immersion. The Intensive English Program uses proven methods designed to accelerate second language learning by following the highly effective and innovative Focal Skills Approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on language skills and cultural understanding necessary to enroll in college courses or to excel in the workplace. This course can also provide support for language learners enrolled in credit classes. There are 3 modules – Listening, Reading, and Writing. In addition to the modules, a variety of elective courses are offered to enhance and enrich English language learning. The Pre-Collegiate level is the final course in the program and offers academic / advanced English instruction .
Enrollment is always open. All new students must take an initial placement test. Prospective students may take the placement test and enroll in August, September, October, and November for the fall semester. Spring semester enrollment is in January, February, March, and April. After an initial assessment, students are assigned to one of the three modules, or the Pre -Collegiate level.
Every four weeks, students are re-assessed and have the opportunity to move to the next module or remain in the same module for more practice. The Pre-Collegiate level is a 12-16 week course. Enrollment is limited to the first two sessions of the semester. During the fall and spring semesters, classes meet for 20 hours a week, Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:20 a.m. and 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. Summer intensive workshops are also held and meet from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Summer workshops are offered in June and July.
The Intensive English Program (IEP) meets the requirements of a full course of study for F-1 international students and is appropriate for students on other types of visas. Students have the option of attending 10-12 hours per week if not holding an F-1 visa. With the successful completion of the Pre-Collegiate level, a certificate of completion and a three-credit hour in-district tuition waiver is awarded.