Evening/Weekend Courses

The IEP at NC State offers 5 and 10 week evening and weekend courses on specialized topics. You do not have to already be associated with NC State University to register.

Dates and Costs

IELTS Test Prep

The IELTS Test assesses a student’s English proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Many colleges, universities and businesses require international applicants to present a proficiency test of which the IELTS is one of the more popular. This class will introduce students to the format of the test, and focus on test-taking strategies for each section. Students will have the opportunity to practice these strategies, as well as take one or two practice IELTS tests.

  • Tentative Schedule: 2 hours twice/week
  • Length of Course: 10 weeks

TOEFL Test Prep

This course serves as an introduction to the format, test-taking skills and strategies for improved scores on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test). Participants will develop a familiarity with each section of the TOEFL (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing), as well as practice test-taking strategies designed to improve future TOEFL scores.

  • Tentative Schedule: 2 hours twice/week
  • Length of Course: 10 weeks

Business English Writing

In the world of business, communicating clearly and concisely in written form is required of mid- and high-level employees. In this class, participants will be exposed to the conventions of acceptable business English (BE) communication while reviewing key points of advanced English grammar usage. The instructor will focus on a variety of writing types including, but not limited to, business letters, email, reports, meeting notes, etc. Participants will work to define the purpose of each communication, use the appropriate organizational structure, as well as the usage of the appropriate tone and level of formality.

  • Tentative Schedule: 1.5 hours twice/week
  • Length of Course: 10 weeks

The Art of English Conversation

Being understood is the key to success in communicating in another language. This course offers international students a chance to experiment with and practice spoken English that will allow them to communicate with confidence in informal and formal, personal and academic situations. Students will simulate and participate in conversations appropriate to life in the community, at work and/or in a school setting. Students will also practice using correct pronunciation when speaking and be given individual feedback on topics such as stress, intonation, tone, and correct formation of consonant and vowel sounds.

  • Tentative Schedule: 2 hours/week
  • Length of Course: 5 weeks

Pronunciation of American English

This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their ability to be better understood in English. The course will include instruction in the basic sound system of English as well as stress, rhythm and intonation patterns. Students will receive individualized assessment of their speech and will have an opportunity to practice those areas that need improvement. The goal of this course is to help students learn how to self-monitor their speech so that they can continue to improve their skills once the course is over.

  • Tentative Schedule: 2 hours/week
  • Length of Course: 5 weeks


  • No grades are given in these courses. A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.
  • All courses are first-come, first-served.
  • Some courses will have a small amount of homework outside of class.
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