Curriculum & Courses

The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Missouri S&T is to assist international students in attaining the proficiency level needed to meet language standards and promote a successful transition to academic programs.

The IEP offers a curriculum that helps students develop a high level of proficiency in all skill areas of the English language. The IEP focuses on enabling students to develop a solid understanding and usage of academic English.

Upon arrival, students are tested to determine their level of English skills. Each full-time student is then placed in the appropriate level of coursework in each skill area: Grammar, Writing, Reading, Presentation, and Listening. Other specialized courses offered are Seminar and Conversation Partners. Levels and classes may be combined based on the number of students enrolled.  If this occurs, we will absolutely do our best to ensure that students receive quality instruction to help them meet their language goals.

Overview of the Curriculum

  • Beginner (L1)
  • Low Intermediate (L2)
  • Intermediate (L3)
  • Advanced (L4)

Beginner (L1)

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • read and understand main ideas and details in texts of about 300 words.
  • understand daily conversations about familiar topics delivered slowly and can speak about their personal information, basic needs, and daily activities with relative ease.
  • write a paragraph of about 5 to 7 sentences.

Low Intermediate (L2)

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • understand and identify the topic and main ideas of a relatively short text of about 300-500 words.
  • write a short paragraph that includes a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.
  • speak and understand conversational and academic English with increasing ease.

Intermediate (L3)

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • read, understand, and identify the topic and main ideas of a text of about 500-700 words.
  • write a three to five paragraph essay.
  • listen to and understand academic lectures delivered at a near normal rate with some repetition.
  • speak with little hesitation and can deliver a short presentation that is three to five minutes long.

Advanced (L4)

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • read, understand, and identify the topic and main ideas of a text of about 700-1200 words.
  • write an essay of five paragraph or longer within 30 minutes with almost no spelling and grammatical mistakes.
  • listen to, understand, and identify the main points of an academic lecture delivered at a normal rate.
  • speak with little or no hesitation, as well as, deliver a presentation that is five to ten minutes long.

Courses Offered

  • Conversation Partners
  • Grammar
  • Listening
  • Presentation
  • Reading
  • Seminar
  • Writing

Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners meets each Tuesday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Members of the community come and interact with our students. It is an excellent way for students to become comfortable in conversational English and learn about the American culture. 

Grammar

Beginning (Level 1): The goal of this course is to provide students with basic grammar structures. Students will learn how to use basic grammar structures correctly and meaningfully in speaking and writing.

Low Intermediate (Level 2): The goal of this course is to help students review basic grammar structures and acquire more complex grammar structures. Students will practice using the structures learned during the course in both speaking and writing.

Intermediate (Level 3): This course is designed to help intermediate students reinforce and perfect their usage of learned grammatical structures, and learn to use complex grammar structures more accurately and fluently. Students will begin to learn to analyze as well as explain the use of target grammar structures.

Advanced (Level 4): This advanced grammar course is developed to help students review mastered grammar structures and learn to use complex grammar structures with greater accuracy and fluency in both speaking and writing. The emphasis of this course, however, is placed on assisting students in analyzing and utilizing complex grammar structures to create logical and coherent writing by the use of correct tenses and the grammar points presented and practiced in the course.

Listening

Beginning (Level 1): The goal of this course is to help students develop basic skills in listening. Students will practice listening to daily conversations spoken in a slow manner.

Low Intermediate (Level 2): Students will improve their listening skills by listening to passages spoken with repetition and slow speech. 

Intermediate (Level 3): The goal of this course is to help students develop their listening skills by listening to speech delivered at a near normal conversational rate. Students will learn to use symbols and abbreviations to take notes and they will also learn to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words used in the listening passages.

Advanced (Level 4): This course aims to prepare students for the challenge of college lectures. Students will learn to develop a wide range of listening and note-taking strategies.

Presentation

Presentation 1: This course is designed to enable to students to express themselves in English more confidently while developing vocabulary, pronunciation, and critical thinking skills. Students will discuss different real-life problems with their peers and begin to practice delivering short presentations.

Presentation 2: This course is intended to prepare intermediate students to express themselves more clearly, fluently, and accurately while expanding vocabulary, perfecting pronunciation, and developing critical thinking skills. Students will become more familiar with using appropriate words and phrases to talk about the topics discussed, and they will learn to effectively make a short presentation.

Reading

Beginning (Level 1): In the beginning level, students will develop reading skills and increase their basic vocabulary. Students will learn to read and understand passages of fewer than 300 words.

Low Intermediate (Level 2): The goal of this course is to help students develop reading skills and vocabulary. They will also learn to summarize the passages they read. Students will learn to identify the topics and main ideas of texts about 300-500 words.

Intermediate (Level 3): Students in Reading Level 3 will improve their reading skills and vocabulary. They will continue to practice summarizing passages that they read. Students will learn to identify the topics and main ideas of texts of about 500-700 words. 

Advanced (Level 4): The goal of this course is to help advanced students enhance their reading skills and vocabulary. They will continue to perfect the skills of summarizing reading passages. Students will learn to use a variety of reading strategies to identify the topics and main ideas of texts of about 700-1200 words.

Seminar

Seminar is designed to familiarize students with participating in presentations by listening critically to presentations delivered by guest speakers and actively engaging in discussing the topics of the presentations. This course also prepares students for readiness in attending university level courses by identifying ways to study effectively through active discussion and participation.

Writing

Beginning (Level 1): Students will learn how to write simple and short paragraphs. This course focuses on writing well developed, accurate sentences with proper punctuation and capitalization. Sentence structure and variety will be emphasized.

Low Intermediate (Level 2): The goal of this course is to provide students with more opportunies to develop their paragraph writing skills. This course aims at developing the ability to plan, structure, and write coherent paragraphs on a variety of topics. There will be an emphasis on the writing process as a means to develop effective paragraphs.

Intermediate (Level 3): This course helps students write well-organized essays that are three to five paragraphs long. Students will develop their ability to write well-organized essays with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Students will begin to learn how to incorporate outside sources in their writing by paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting sources and citing them. There will be a focus on using accurate grammar and vocabulary.

Advanced (Level 4): Students will strenghten their essay composition skills by writing within a time limit. This course focuses on developing academic writing skills in order to prepare students for university classes. Students will continue to improve their ability to incorporate outside sources in their writing by paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting sources and citing them. Students will produce a variety of types of essays with research and accurate citations. Plagiarism is a major topic of disucssion in this course.