Core English Program
The Intensive English Program (IEP) helps students learn English, whether they wish to learn for business, social purposes or to prepare for regular enrollment and degree program study at Western and other American colleges and universities. Students register for a combination of core classes and English support classes. All students register for at least 23 hours of instruction per week.
Levels of English
IEP students are placed in one of five main ability levels at the beginning of each quarter:
Level 1: Beginning
Level 2: Early Intermediate
Level 3: Intermediate
Level 4: Early Advanced
Level 5: Advanced
We understand how important accurate placement is to each student and we want you to be in the best learning environment. Each new student goes through three placement assessments:
- Reading evaluation
- Writing evaluation
- Oral interview
After these assessments, students are assigned to their levels. Your instructors will observe you in class and evaluate you through diagnostic testing to ensure you are in the correct language level.
The four core classes are Oral Communications, Reading, Writing, and Grammar. The core classes are offered at all five language levels of the program. These courses help students improve their spoken and written English through classroom work and interactions with Americans on campus and in the community.