Intensive English Program (IEP)

* Plenum Institute (formerly IHE) is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant foreign students and can issue a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student”.

Instructional Hours: 900

Six Quarters: 9 weeks each

Hours per week: 18

Total weeks: 54

OBJECTIVE: The Intensive English Program is offered to all those who intend to study and become proficient in speaking, listening, writing and reading in English. This program is open to students who intend to develop and improve their communication skills (both verbal and written) in English.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

BE 201: Intermediate A / Top Notch 1: (75 Hours)

Students enter ESL Intermediate A with limited fluency and comprehension including a grasp of basic vocabulary areas and grammar patterns. Students are able to read and listen to a range of general texts where language is used in a straightforward way. Students are introduced to grammatical structures, speaking functions and vocabulary in real, everyday situations in order to consolidate and build upon language proficiency for improved confidence, comprehension and fluency. Students will gain communicative competency in social situations such as describing people, recounting past events, welcoming others, describing future plans, talking about rules, advertising, shopping, reacting to news, paying compliments, and making arrangements. Students will gain confidence for risk-taking by being exposed to and practicing language that promotes effective communicative competence. Students will gain awareness about cultural differences in the above situations and go beyond simply the language functions involved.

BE 202: Intermediate B / Top Notch 2: (75 Hours)

Students enter ESL Intermediate B with limited fluency and comprehension including a grasp of basic vocabulary areas and grammar patterns. Students are able to read and listen to a range of general texts where language is used in a straightforward way. Students are introduced to grammatical structures, speaking functions and vocabulary in real, everyday situations in order to consolidate and build upon language proficiency for improved confidence, comprehension and fluency. Students will gain communicative competency in social situations such as asking for permission, talking about rules, conducting surveys, reaching agreement, reacting to what others say, talking about health, sport, entertainment, showing concern, and inviting people. Students will gain confidence for risk-taking by being exposed to and practicing language that is above the literacy level. Students will gain awareness about cultural differences in the above situations that move above simply the language functions involved.

BE 203: Idioms & Speaking: (75 Hours)

Students are introduced to low-upper intermediate grammatical structures, speaking functions and vocabulary that facilitate vocabulary building, foster understanding, meaning and communication in real, everyday situations in order to lay the foundations necessary for improved confidence, comprehension and fluency. Students will gain communicative competency in social situations such as greeting others, introducing themselves, talking about jobs/ work environment, family members, time, using common verbal interaction with others, discussing their health, conveying opinions, music, sports, money – with respect to spending and saving, expressing emotions and appreciation, giving thoughts on pets, pet peeves, school and education, shopping, leisurely activities, describing others and using the telephone. Students will gain confidence for risk-taking by being exposed to and practicing language that is above the beginner level. Students will gain awareness about cultural differences in the above situations that move above the simple language functions involved.

BE 204: Accent reduction II: (75 Hours)

Students will improve their pronunciation of North American English through the use of listening and speaking tasks that practice essential aspects of English pronunciation, including: vowel and consonant sounds, consonant clusters, stress and rhythm, sounds in connected speech, intonation, pronunciation of grammar features and the pronunciation of English spelling. Students will gain communicative competency by practicing the above elements of pronunciation in communicative tasks such as: planning a vacation; talking about weekend activities; ordering food from a restaurant; asking about hobbies and interests; asking about and sharing personal opinions and telling short narratives. Students will gain confidence in their listening skills by listening to recorded lists, conversations and stories pronounced in a style that mirrors real-life conversation with native speakers of English. As well as providing a natural model for students, these listening extracts will help students to improve their ability to recognize individual sounds, reduced sounds and natural intonation patterns of English.

BE 205: Academic Competency: (75 Hours)

This course prepares intermediate level students for student life in international education while also providing an introduction to the format of the International English Language testing System (IELTS) test. The core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are covered within motivating and contemporary topic-based classes. There is also a strong grammar syllabus that covers key structures needed by students at this level. This course takes a student-centered communicative approach to learning while also providing clear, useful advice on approaching the IELTS test. There is the careful graded development of test skills, building to full test practice activities, texts and instructions that closely follow the test format. There is graded writing practice with model answers and examples student answers. IELTS is one measurement of a student’s level of English accepted in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and many others including, increasingly, the United States. However (whether a student plans to take the IELTS test or not), this course takes the student to a higher level of academic competency.

BE 206: Academic Listening: (75 Hours)

Through exposure to varied lecture styles and topics, both the macro-skills (the ‘higher-level’ skills such as recognizing the purpose and structure of a lecture) and micro-skills (the skills involved in linguistic processing which include, for example, recognizing weak forms and word boundaries) of listening will be covered. Students will be exposed to extended listening texts of up to 10 minutes and gain further realistic exposure through video segments. Units include such topics as identifying key ideas in lectures, note-taking and digressions. This course also gives students the opportunity to encounter and systematically practice academic, nontechnical and subject-specific vocabulary from a range of disciplines.

BE 207: Business I: (150 Hours)

This is a course for intermediate level pre-work students and business people wishing to improve their English and their employment prospects. “Business Topics” lessons teach vocabulary that is used in the business world, “Business Skills” lessons develop essential communication skills and “Learning Strategies” focus on language learning in the business context.

BE 208: Business II: (150 Hours)

This is a course for intermediate level pre-work students and business people wishing to improve their English and their employment prospects. Students will gain communicative competency in the workplace, including making telephone calls, writing internal communications, writing a covering letter for a job application, reporting accidents, making an order, participating in meetings, dealing with complaints and arranging a meeting. Students will also improve their coping strategies for dealing with language input that is above their literacy level. Students will also raise their awareness of employment issues, business structures, import controls, health & safety, career development and manufacturing processes.

BE 209: Better Business English: (75 Hours)

This course provides a range of quick and easy ways for students to improve their business English skills. This course will provide tips and shortcuts, allowing learners to make noticeable improvements in their business English with minimum effort. Students will gain communicative competency in the workplace, including networking, socializing, telephoning and writing effective emails. Students will also improve their coping strategies for dealing with language input that is above their literacy level. Students will also raise their awareness of negotiating strategies, email conventions, meeting agendas and meeting safety nets.

BE 210: Presenting and Negotiating: (75 Hours)

A course for intermediate level pre-work students and business people wishing to improve their English and their employment prospects Students will develop the skills and the language required to plan and give effective presentations. Areas covered will include using equipment, organizing, maintaining interest, dealing with problems and questions and concluding. Furthermore, students will learn to negotiate confidently and effectively in both formal and informal situations. Students will gain communicative competency in the workplace, specifically in terms of being able to present to colleagues and business contacts, as well as being able to actively take part in workplace negotiations. The course takes a learner-centered and highly practical approach, helping students to develop the key communication and language skills essential to the workplace.

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