Program Description

The IEP is an academic English language program serving intermediate to advanced English language learners. Learn more about our program structure and courses below.

Three Levels of Instruction

Level 4 – Intermediate
Level 5 – High Intermediate
Level 6 – Low Advanced

New students take a placement test when they arrive to determine their level.  Depending on their level, they will take 23-25 hours of classes each week.

Each level takes approximately one semester (15 weeks) to complete.  Students have the option to take a summer session (9 weeks) to attempt to pass a level. Note that Level 4 is typically not offered during the summer due to low demand. The summer session is usually recommended for returning students only due to its shortened schedule and intensive nature. Summer is best for motivated new students who have at least a TOEFL iBT 70 or place into our Levels 5 and 6.

IEP Courses

In this class, students develop their speaking skills and cultural understanding of how to participate in a conversation with native-English speakers. Activities include practicing vital conversational skills such as expressing opinions in one-on-one conversations, participating in small group discussions, and presenting information or research in front of an audience. In addition to conversational practice, the details of verbal discourse (pronunciation, stress, intonation and tone) are also addressed.
Using a variety of authentic academic listening passages, students will develop their listening skills and note-taking techniques. Listening to extended lectures and noting important facts and ideas is a key component of this class, as it will be in undergraduate lecture classes.
This class is designed to expose IEP students to authentic examples of the styles, vocabulary, and reading topics they may see in undergraduate classes at an American college or university. The instruction and practice of reading strategies and vocabulary skills at this level include pre-reading, analyzing the structure and content of each passage, and discussion activities which address each student’s critical thinking skills.
Students must have the knowledge and confidence in their English writing ability to succeed in undergraduate classes and in the business world. The goal of this class is to take students from writing accurate and insightful paragraphs to writing a well-organized essay. The most common rhetorical patterns of narrative, descriptive, compare/contrast, and opinion essays are introduced and practiced throughout all levels of the Intensive English Program. Additionally, students will be introduced to the academic practices of researching and writing a short- to medium-length research paper. Students will focus on using appropriate resources and, most importantly, how and when to cite outside sources in a research paper.
This class is designed for new students and is taken the first semester of enrollment in the IEP.  ALUC  provides discussions with the other IEP students, NC State student mentors, and the course instructor on topics related to being successful as an international student.  Topics include academically-focused aspects of student life, such as communication strategies, time management and goal setting, academic policies and resources available on campus, working effectively in groups, as well as cultural information and practical advice pertinent to students’ success.
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Passing a Level

  • Receive at least an 85% (B) in each class*
  • Have approximately 90% overall attendance rate

*A student that does not pass their current level the first time is given two additional, consecutive semesters (e.g. fall 2015, spring 2016, summer 2016) in which to pass that level.

NC State Grading System

Numeric grades are given for all work assigned in class including daily homework assignments, quizzes, in-class assignments, tests and exams. In the IEP, numeric grades are based on a scale of 1 to 100.

The equivalent letter grades are as follows:

A+97-100B+87-89C+77-79
A93-96
B83-86C73-76
A-90-92B-80-82C-70-72
FBelow 70

Completing the IEP

  • Receive at least an 85% in each Level 6 class
  • Have approximately 90% overall attendance rate
  • Pass the exit writing and exit oral proficiency exams

Sample Schedule

Class TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 - 10:00Conversation & Presentation SkillsListening & Note-TakingConversation & Presentation SkillsListening & Note-Taking
10:00 - 10:40BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
10:40 - 12:40Academic Writing & Advanced GrammarAcademic Writing & Advanced GrammarAcademic Writing & Advanced GrammarAcademic Writing & Advanced Grammar
12:40 - 12:50BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
12:50 - 1:50American Life & University Culture
1:50 - 1:55BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
1:55 - 3:55Academic Reading & VocabularyAcademic Reading & VocabularyAcademic Reading & VocabularyAcademic Reading & Vocabulary