The complete program will consist of five levels of English instruction for beginning to advanced students. Each semester-long level will include integrated instruction and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and American culture. Beginning level students can complete the program in five semesters including summer study. Other students can complete the program in less time depending upon their level of English proficiency.
The first IEP course, English for Academic Purposes, will be offered in the Summer 2009. This course will be for students who already speak English at an advanced level and who would like to sharpen their skills to use English successfully in their academic work and study. English for Academic Purposes may also be taken by international students who are currently registered in degree-seeking programs at WCU.
The IEP will work in close collaboration with the MA/MAEd/MAT in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program. TESOL students will be able to complete their teaching practicum requirements in the IEP classes.
By attracting and retaining more students from around the globe to our campus and community, the IEP supports UNC Tomorrow initiatives to enhance the global awareness of faculty and students and widen their ability to act within globally diverse cultures.
As Connie Hanna designs the curriculum and course content for the new Intensive English Program, she wants to be aware of and sensitive to the experiences and needs of faculty who teach non-native English speakers. She also wants to be sure the IEP gives students the language and study skills they need to be successful in their degree-seeking courses. Connie welcomes input from faculty, staff, and students as she shapes this new program.