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Proficiency Scale

The Intensive English Program has the following levels:

Level 2 - is the elementary level for students with pre-intermediate knowledge of English grammar, reading, listening/speaking and writing

Level 3 - is the intermediate 1 level for students who have control of basic English grammar, reading, listening/speaking and writing

Level 4 - is the intermediate 2 level for students who have control of basic English grammar, reading, listening/speaking and writing

Level 5 - is the advanced 1 level for students who have control of intermediate English grammar, reading, listening/speaking and writing and some knowledge of advanced English language skills

Level 6 - is the academic preparation course for students who have control of advanced English grammar, reading, listening/speaking and writing and is for pre-academic students

The IEP does not subscribe to any one teaching method.  The teaching methodology used in Level 2 is integrated skills. In Level 3 through 6, instructors are free to mix and match different methodologies as appropriate for their courses and students.

Interpretation of Proficiency Scale

By the end of each course, students will be able to:

Reading and Listening Writing/Grammar* and Speaking Vocabulary *Grammar Structures
Level 2 - elementary Read or listen to a basic passage or conversation and identify the topic and main idea, answer orally and in writing objective and brief answer questions about details, basic pronoun reference and inference Answer and produce questions (orally and in writing) about daily activities and provide personal information using accurate question and sentence structure, correct basic grammar and mechanics in sentences and basic paragraphs Understand, use and spell targeted vocabulary which focuses on daily activities and providing personal information Contrast simple present and present continuous; use frequency adverbs, adverbs of manner, object pronouns, count and non-count nouns and quantifiers, simple past regular and some irregular verbs, simple, compound and complex sentences and imperatives, form and respond to questions
Reading Composition Structure Listening and Speaking

Level 3 - intermediate 1

Read simplified academic texts and answer questions about the main idea and details, make basic inferences, guess the meaning of vocabulary in context, identify pronoun referents, demonstrate understanding of specific affixes and targeted vocabulary, communicate ideas about topics studied orally and in writing and recognize an effective summary Write paragraphs under time constraints using effective paragraph organization and logical content with a variety of sentence structures, accurate grammar, mechanics and vocabulary; demonstrate knowledge of pre-writing techniques, and editing and revising skills. Paragraphs topics are personal or familiar to the student. Demonstrate understanding of the form, meaning and use of past, present and future verb tenses in sentences and questions and produce these in simple, compound and complex sentences; use basic gerunds and infinitives and enough/too/ too much/too many Listen to short lectures on simplified academic topics and take effective notes which can be used to answer comprehensive questions; spell, use and understand targeted vocabulary; orally present information on personal topics using clear pronunciation and good control of grammar and vocabulary studied
Reading Composition Structure Listening and Speaking
Level 4 - intermediate 2 Read semi authentic texts and answer questions about the main ideas, details and basic inferences; guess the meaning of vocabulary in context; identify pronoun antecedents, demonstrate understanding of specific affixes and targeted vocabulary, complete tests in allotted time and demonstrate effective note taking and marking skills by using notes to answer questions about previously read material; communicate ideas about topics studied (orally) and by writing an effective summary or reaction Produce basic essays on academic topics under time constraints using effective essay organization, logical, well organized content, with a variety of sentence structures, accurate grammar, mechanics and vocabulary; demonstrate knowledge of pre-writing techniques and editing and revising skills Demonstrate understanding of the form, meaning and use of present perfect and present perfect continuous verb tenses and adverbs of time associated with them; adjective clauses, gerunds and infinitives and basic article usage and produce these structures in sentences and paragraphs Listen to lectures on simplified academic topics, take notes and rewrite them into outline format which can be used to show comprehension of information immediately or later; spell, use and understand targeted vocabulary, orally present information on both personal and academic topics using clear pronunciation, and good control of grammar and vocabulary studied
Reading Composition Structure Listening and Speaking
Level 5 - advanced 1 Read authentic texts and answer questions about the main idea, details, and inferences; guess the meaning of new vocabulary in context, identify pronoun antecedents, demonstrate understanding of specific affixes and targeted vocabulary, complete tests in allotted time and demonstrate effective note taking and marking skills by using notes to answer questions about previously read material, communicate ideas about topics studied (orally) and by writing an effective summary or reaction Produce essays on academic topics under time constraints using effective essay organization, logical, well organized content with a variety of sentence structures, accurate grammar, mechanics and vocabulary; demonstrate knowledge of pre-writing techniques and editing and revising skills. One essay will include basic use of an outside source. Demonstrate understanding of the form, meaning and use of adverb clauses of real and unreal condition, noun clauses, passive voice, participial adjectives, causatives, parallel structure and basic and advanced article usage; use these structures in sentences and paragraphs Listen to lectures on academic topics, take effective notes and rewrite them into outline format which can be used to show comprehension of information immediately or later; spell, use and understand targeted vocabulary, orally present information on academic topics using clear pronunciation and good control of grammar
Academic Preparation Text-Lecture Academic Preparation Writing
Level 6 - advanced 2 Read and understand an academic textbook as demonstrated through using appropriate study skills to answer a variety of questions on quizzes and tests; listen, take notes and answer a variety of questions on lectures and other aural materials; effectively present information on an academic topic using own ideas to analyze and summarize or paraphrase outside support Write essays under time constraints on academic topics using own ideas and summarizing and paraphrasing information from sources; use effective organization, logical, well organized content with a variety of sentence structures, accurate grammar, mechanics and vocabulary; demonstrate use of editing and revising skills

Note: Reading and Listening/Speaking skills are similar throughout levels; however, length and complexity of readings and lectures increases with each level.