IEP Curriculum


Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) take a placement test upon arrival which determines in which of the 7 levels of the IEP the student will begin. Once the appropriate level has been determined, the students receive a full time schedule which is comprised of 4 classes: oral communication, written communication, grammar, and reading skills. The following information describes the content of all those levels for all the classes. 

IEP Proficiencies Table

Oral Communication

In the Oral Communication classes students develop speaking and listening skills through intensive work and practice on communicative skills. Oral Communication classes include:

  • Working in pairs and small groups to develop the ability to understand frequently used words and phrases and respond appropriately with simple phrases or complete basic sentences in engaging language activities on basic topics
  • Improving skills through communicative activities
  • Participating in controlled short conversations on familiar topics in small groups and paired work
  • Students listen to short passages and demonstrate comprehension of questions, commands, and requests as well as report their main ideas and details
  • Intensive practice of speaking and presentation skills through oral presentations
  • Improvement of pronunciation skills
  • Improvement of vocabulary in English
  • Extensive exposure to short lectures given by the teacher or by audio recordings
  • Students learn to communicate competently on a range of topics and in a variety of situations
  • Intensive practice of summarizing, paraphrasing, drawing conclusions, and analyzing key points from lectures and presentations
  • Students develop skills to discuss academic and professional topics and deliver presentations in a wide variety of contexts for a multitude of purposes
  • Designed to help students become better speakers and listeners in a variety of academic and professional settings
  • Students learn to make detailed inferences and understanding arguments from different viewpoints
  • Students communicate in a wide range of discourses using appropriate level of formality and rhetorical strategies to communicate ideas about both academic and professional topics

Written Communication

In the Written Communication classes students develop writing skills through intensive work and practice. In the Written Communication classes students:

  • Focus on writing, punctuating, and capitalizing basic sentences and simple paragraphs
  • Practice writing sentences using descriptive vocabulary
  • Learn sentence structures, practice punctuation, and write using the simple past, present, and future
  • Write short paragraphs that include topic sentences, supporting sentences, and conclusions
  • Focus on their mastery of the basic paragraph form, which includes effective topic sentences, supporting ideas, and conclusions
  • Write a variety of paragraphs that show understanding of correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and the elements of coherence and cohesion
  • Write well-developed paragraphs and basic three-paragraph composition that focus on coherence and cohesion and use transitional words and phrases effectively
  • Focus on writing well-developed five-paragraph essays with effective thesis statements, body paragraphs, and conclusions 
  • Write a variety of essays that include relevant quotes, citations, and paraphrases from in-class sources
  • Write research essays which demonstrate rhetorical strategies and integrate a variety of sources obtained through independent research
  • Cite and quote these sources correctly and effectively
  • Develop critical thinking skills and analyze a variety of viewpoints through responding, reflecting, and summarizing sources for an academic audience


In the Grammar classes students develop grammar skills through intensive work and practice. In the Grammar classes students:

  • Learn basic verb tenses, such as the simple present and present progressive, while focusing on correct spelling of –s and –ing forms and how to form simple sentences and questions using appropriate nouns, pronouns and adjectives
  • Learn how to form  simple sentences and questions in basic verb tenses, such as the simple present, present progressive and simple past, using appropriate spelling of –s, –ing, and –ed forms, irregular verbs and time expressions
  • Learn how to describe events using a combination of tenses and appropriate time expressions
  • Expand their knowledge of English verb tenses through the introduction of present perfect tenses and modal verbs
  • Review how to form questions using a variety of interrogative pronouns as well as how to use comparatives and superlative structures
  • Review the use of articles and quantifiers with count and non-count nouns and learn how to use gerunds and infinitives appropriately
  • Learn about passive constructions, participial adjectives and conditional sentences
  • Strengthen their knowledge of complex sentences using adjectives and adverb clauses as well as reducing them to adjectives and adverb phrases
  • Learn a variety of transitional words and connectors that will help them develop better paragraphs and speeches

Reading Skills

In the Reading Skills classes students develop reading skills through intensive work and practice. In the Reading Skills classes students:

  • Learn to locate information, answer basic questions about basic texts, and demonstrate emerging knowledge of sound-symbol relations of high frequency words as well as understand basic and common vocabulary
  • Learn to understand main ideas and some specific details of texts about personal or social concepts, and everyday activities
  • Recognize words for common objects.
  • Learn to identify sequences of events in short stories and to determine meanings of new words from context
  • Expand their vocabulary and practice organizing information they have read
  • Practice skimming and scanning techniques
  • Learn how to distinguish fact from opinion and identify text organization (e.g. sequence, cause/effect, problem solution)
  • Learn to read extensively with good comprehension, and continue improving skimming and scanning skills in longer texts
  • Learn higher-order reading skills such as making predictions, inferring intended meaning, and summarizing key information
  • Learn a wider range of vocabulary, including academic words
  • Learn how to make connections between texts and infer intended meaning
  • Learn text organization and a wide range of academic vocabulary
  • Refine their previous reading skills, analyze ideas, views, and rhetorical elements from a text, and begin to recognize figurative language and multiple levels of meaning

IEP Proficiencies Table

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