Five Levels Offer the Perfect Fit For You: The IEP has five levels and each level has classes in reading, writing and oral communication. Students must take a placement test during registration to determine which level is most appropriate for them.

Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5

Level 1

Description
Classes focus on the fundamental skills involved in reading, writing, listening to and speaking English. Through class activities students practice simple conversations, basic listening skills, pronunciation, reading comprehension and strategies, vocabulary development and writing complete sentences and paragraphs.

Courses
Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Conversation Workshop

By the end of Level 1 you should be able to:

  • Participate in simple conversations
  • Give an informal presentation
  • Narrate a story and describe a picture
  • Write a paragraph
  • Read paragraphs and short texts


Level 2

Description
Classes focus on interpersonal communication skills in an informal setting. Students develop their reading skills to improve comprehension while building their vocabulary. They write paragraphs incorporating grammatical concepts taught in class.

Courses
Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Conversation or Reading Workshop

By the end of Level 2 you should be able to:

  • Participate in conversations
  • Give an informal presentation
  • Narrate a story, describe a simple process and offer reasons
  • Take notes from a simple lecture
  • Write a well-developed paragraph
  • Restate simple sentences
  • Read longer, more complex texts
  • Use an ESL dictionary

Level 3

Description
Classes focus on interpersonal communication and academic skills. Students read more complex selections and write simple essays. They also take part in more in-depth conversations.

Courses
Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Conversation or Reading Workshop

By the end of Level 3 you should be able to:

  • Participate in group discussions
  • Give informal presentations
  • Describe characteristics, compare and contrast two or more items, and discuss advantages and disadvantages 
  • Take notes from an adapted lecture
  • Write a simple essay
  • Summarize a short reading
  • Read longer, more complex texts
  • Read an adapted book in English
  • Use an ESL dictionary

Level 4

Description
Classes focus on improving communication skills in general, as well as preparing students for academic classes. Students read and listen to a variety of authentic materials and participate in more complex listening and speaking activities.

Courses
Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Selected Topics

By the end of Level 4 you should be able to:

  • Lead and participate in group discussions
  • Give informal and formal presentations
  • Take notes from a simplified lecture
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay
  • Describe a problem and offer solutions and discuss causes and effects
  • Summarize and paraphrase from a reading
  • Read and evaluate articles
  • Read a book in English with the class
  • Use a college-level dictionary

Level 5

Description
The academic focus of this course enables students to use their English language skills at a complex and in-depth level such as is found in the university setting. The overall goal is to prepare students to handle a regular academic course load.

Courses
Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Selected Topics

By the end of Level 5 you should be able to:

  • Lead and participate in group discussions
  • Give a formal, academic presentation
  • Discuss causes and effects and argue/support an opinion
  • Take notes from an academic lecture
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay and a research paper
  • Respond to essay test questions
  • Paraphrase, summarize, quote and cite from readings
  • Read academic texts and articles
  • Read a book in English independently
  • Use a college-level dictionary