IEP Levels & Proficiency Scale

Elementary Level

For students with pre-intermediate knowledge of basic English reading, listening/speaking, grammar and writing.

Course: Elementary Structure & Composition (IEP*025)
Course: Elementary Reading, Listening & Speaking (IEP*026)

Proficiency Scale
  • Reading & Listening
  • Speaking & Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar (used in all skill areas)
Read or listen to a basic passage or conversation and identify the topic and main idea; answer orally and in writing objective and short 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 paragraphs.
Understand, use and spell targeted vocabulary in speaking, reading, listening and writing which focuses on daily activities and providing personal information. 
In writing, speaking, listening and reading:  use and understand simple present and present continuous; simple past of targeted regular and irregular verbs; future with will and be going to; adverbs of time and frequency associated with each verb tense; adverbs of manner, count and non-count nouns and quantifiers; subject and object pronouns; possessive adjectives; and form correctly simple, compound and complex adverb clause sentences; use all of the above to write organized and mostly grammatically correct sentences and basic paragraphs. 

Intermediate Level

For students who have control of basic English grammar, reading, listening/speaking and writing. 

Course: Intermediate Structure & Composition (IEP*045)
Course: Intermediate Reading, Listening & Speaking (IEP*046)

Proficiency Scale
  • Reading
  • Composition
  • Grammar
  • Listening and Speaking
Read texts with simplified academic content and answer questions about the main ideas, details and basic inferences; guess the meaning of vocabulary in context; identify pronoun/ possessive adjective antecedents; demonstrate understanding of specified 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 in writing) by producing effective summaries or reactions
Produce a variety of types of paragraphs (personal and academic content) and problem/ solution and cause/ effect essays on academic topics under time constraints; demonstrate effective organization and content; use basically grammatically correct simple, compound and complex sentences with appropriate mechanics and vocabulary; demonstrate knowledge of pre-writing techniques, editing and revising skills
In writing and speaking, demonstrate understanding of form, meaning and use of verb tenses (present, past, future and present perfect) and adverbs associated with each tense; use complex sentences (adverb clauses of time, reason, contrast and adjective clauses); use targeted gerunds, infinitives and causatives; use basic articles; and use all of the above to produce comprehensible sentences and paragraphs
Listen to lectures on simplified academic topics, take notes and rewrite them into outline format to be used in answering questions immediately or later; spell, use and understand targeted vocabulary; orally and in writing present information on both personal and academic topics using vocabulary studied, clear pronunciation and grammatical control

Advanced Level

For students who have control of intermediate English reading, listening/speaking, grammar and writing but lack academic and language development skills in one or all of these areas: reading, listening/speaking and composition/research. 

Course: Advanced Structure & Composition (IEP*065)
Course: Advanced Reading, Listening & Speaking (IEP*066)

Proficiency Scale
  • Academic and Language Development
  • Composition and Research
Read and understand academic texts and lectures and demonstrate this by:  using effective note taking and marking skills and using these to prepare for tests and quizzes (on both previously discussed material and newly presented material); answering effectively (content, vocabulary and grammar) a variety of types of questions on readings, lectures and other aural materials; using targeted vocabulary in discussions and other assessment activities; effectively presenting (orally and in writing) information on academic topics and using own knowledge to analyze, apply, summarize or paraphrase academic content
Produce well-written and meaningful essays on academic content using a variety of formats and under time constraints; effectively choose and use support for own ideas with paraphrases and quotes from source material; use logical, well organized content with effective support; use mostly grammatically correct simple, compound and complex sentences (with all verb tenses; gerunds/ infinitive; count/non count nouns; articles; pronouns; possessive adjectives) with appropriate mechanics (including citation of sources) and vocabulary; demonstrate knowledge of pre-writing techniques, editing and revising

The IEP does not subscribe to any one teaching method. In Intermediate and Advanced Levels, instructors are free to mix and match different methodologies as appropriate for their courses and students.

Levels offered is dependent upon enrollment and staffing. All levels may not be offered each semester.