Intensive English Track: Course Areas

Each IEI level of instruction consists of five subject areas: Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Conversation/Pronunciation. Students in the higher levels who qualify with a pre-test score may choose to enroll in a TOEFL Preparation class or an IELTS Preparation class instead of the Conversation class.

GRAMMAR: The IEI recognizes that learning English grammar requires more than memorization of rules for effective learning. Our English grammar classes are highly interactive, allowing students to learn in a real-life atmosphere. Evaluations given during the semester measure each student's progress.


Reading READING: Reading classes are designed to increase students' abilities through the use of academic reading selections in class and assigned novels, short stories, and essays outside of class. Instructors help students discover new vocabulary; in addition, students learn to analyze and respond to the topics raised by the authors.

WRITING: IEI students learn academic writing through comprehensive study and practice. Students learn to organize their ideas and then to create sentences, paragraphs, and essays, building on their abilities as the class progresses.

Speaking_Class CONVERSATION: Through activities such as situational conversation, topical discussion, note-taking, and oral presentations, students strengthen their English vocabulary and learn Standard American English intonation and pronunciation. The methodology of this class rapidly increases each student's level of fluency.

Reading LISTENING: Instructors use a variety of audio lessons that increase in length and difficulty as the student progresses. Topics are of academic and current interest and take the form of podcasts, university lectures, and recorded interviews.



FRIDAY AFTERNOON ELECTIVE SESSIONS: Depending on the level of student interest, these optional, non-academic short courses may be offered at no additional cost for an hour and a half for a block of up to four Fridays during the term. Elective themes vary depending on student interest as well and may include topics such as Business English, Pronunciation, ESOL Technology, Current Events, or Music in English.



TOEFL and IELTS Test Preparation: The IEI offers two test preparation courses for qualified students: TOEFL and IELTS. In each course, instructors cover all aspects of the exam, from English language issues to test-taking skills. By the end of the term, students are well-prepared for the TOEFL iBT, the Institutional TOEFL exam, or the IELTS exam. In the case of the TOEFL course, the Institutional TOEFL is given at FAU the end of each term to those TOEFL Preparation course students who wish to take it. Please see more information on our TOEFL and IELTS Test Preparation page.


Starting in Fall 2017, Level 4 and 5 Intensive English Track students will take Listening/Conversation/Pronunciation class two afternoons a week, and for the other two afternoons each week, they will be able to choose between Test Preparation electives (TOEFL or IELTS - students must qualify for this choice) and English for Specific Purposes electives, the latter of which they will attend with PAR Track students.

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