Each IEI level of instruction consists of four subject areas: Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Conversation. 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. In fact, this method of instruction is boring and unsuccessful for both student and teacher. Our English grammar classes are highly interactive, allowing students to learn in a more real-life atmosphere. Evaluations given during the semester measure each student's progress.
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.
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 design of this class rapidly increases each student's level of fluency.
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: 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.
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