Mississippi College

IEP Class Offerings

Starting in Fall 2015, the IEP will offer courses across five levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5.  At each level, students will be enrolled in Reading & Vocabulary, Writing & Grammar, and Listening & Speaking courses. Additionally, each session, students can choose an Elective course that interests them.

Each IEP course is 8 weeks long and the IEP offers five sessions per academic year. This allows hard working students to move through the program in one year no matter where they begin.

Fall Session One usually runs from mid-August until mid-October, Session Two from mid-October to mid-December. Spring Session One usually runs from January to March and Session Two runs from April to May. Our Summer Session runs from June to July. Check our academic calendar pagefor exact start dates. 

Intensive English Program classes meet 20 hours per week and are designed to improve and foster language skills related to reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In addition to these 20 hours of class, students have the opportunity to meet with a Conversation Partner to improve their spoken English. Students can also make an appointment with Mississippi College's Writing Center to get additional help refining and improving their writing skills.   

Students are placed into classes according to their performance on the Intensive English Program Placement Test. This test assesses a student's listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary skills. There is a written component as well as a speaking test. 

Please, see the IEP Handbook for more details regarding IEP placement and exit scores.

Class Listing

Level 1

IEP 100: Level 1 Reading & Vocabulary

Curricular Aims

Students build basic literacy skills, starting with the alphabet and basic phonics and ending with decoding texts of 150 words about everyday topics. Students also acquire the vocabulary necessary to survive in an English only environment with a focus on accurate spelling and pronunciation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • read texts of approximately 150 words on a general topic and understand the main ideas, scan for specific information, and apply the information to complete an everyday task.

  • understand information provided in simple non-linear texts.

  • use, spell, and say select words from the Oxford 3000 and Academic Wordlist focusing on everyday English.

IEP 101: Level 1 Writing & Grammar 

 Curricular Aims

Students build basic literacy skills, starting with the alphabet and basic sentence construction and ending with students producing 8-10 thematically linked sentences about everyday topics. Students also study basic grammatical structures to enable their written production.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce 8-10 thematically linked sentences.

  • produce simple and compound sentences.

  • understand the form, meaning, and function of the “to be” verb, simple present, simple past, can and can’t, subject and object pronouns, and count and noncount nouns.

IEP 102: Level 1 Listening & Speaking

Curricular Aims

Students build their spoken confidence through role plays, modeling and guided practice to enable them to interact with their new environment. Students also begin basic listening and note-taking skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • listen to modified recordings of a routine speech act of 0-5 minutes to find the main idea and specific information.

  • interact with instructors, classmates and community members in order to complete everyday routines.

  • participate in a limited interview with the teacher with minimal preparation.

Level 2

IEP 200: Level 2 Reading & Vocabulary

Curricular Aims

Students expand their reading skills and strategies with a focus on decoding longer texts and beginning to connect information from texts to their life and world. Students also acquire vocabulary and vocabulary decoding strategies that help them interact with their world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • read texts of approximately 300 words on general and simplified academic topics and understand the main ideas, scan for specific information, and apply the information to complete a task.

  • understand and use information provided in simple non-linear texts to complete basic tasks.

  • use, spell, and say select words from the Oxford 3000 and Academic Wordlist focusing on general English lexis.

IEP 201: Level 2 Writing & Grammar

Curricular Aims

Students expand their writing skills by moving from thematically linked sentences to producing academic paragraphs of 80-100 words with a focus on topic sentences and supporting details. Students also add to their grammatical skill set to enable more advanced written production.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce an academic paragraph of 80-100 words on a topic studied in class.

  • produce simple and compound sentences.

  • connect sentences using basic cohesive devices

  • understand the form, meaning, and function of present progressive, future, modals for advice, quantifiers, and past progressive

IEP 202: Level 2 Listening & Speaking

Curricular Aims

Students continue to build their listening and speaking skills through role plays, modeling, guided practice, class discussions and oral presentations. Students also begin building note-taking skills through guided practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • listen to modified recordings of routine speech acts and simulated academic situations of 5-8 minutes to find the main idea and specific information.

  • interact with community members and express basic needs, wants, opinions and relate biographical information.

  • participate in class discussions.

  • present a group presentation of 1-3 minutes on a topic related to daily routines, personal experience and/or biographical information.

Level 3

IEP 300: Level 3 Reading & Vocabulary

Curricular Aims

Students begin to engage with longer, more academic texts with a focus on inferencing and analyzing. Students also acquire vocabulary and vocabulary decoding strategies that help them interact in an academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • read texts of approximately 500 words on simplified academic topics with a focus on understanding main idea, scanning for specific information, inferring meaning, and using information to complete an academic task.

  • analyze, understand and use information from non-linear texts to complete a task.

  • use, spell, and say select words from the Oxford 3000 and Academic Wordlist focusing on building academic lexis.

IEP 301: Level 3 Writing & Grammar

Curricular Aims

Students will build their writing ability by moving from paragraphs to a five-paragraph academic essay of around 250 words with a focus on thesis statements, supporting a thesis, and essay organization. Students will also study more advanced grammar structures that will enable them to produce longer, more academic writing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce a five-paragraph academic essay of around 250 words on a topic studied in class.

  • produce compound sentences.

  • connect sentences and paragraphs using cohesive devices.

  • understand the form, meaning, and function of present perfect, comparatives and superlatives, and modals of permission, request and possibility.

IEP 302: Level 3 Listening & Speaking

Curricular Aims

Students further develop their spoken confidence through class discussions, debates and presentations. Students also add to their listening and note-taking skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • listen to modified recordings of simulated academic situations and lectures of 8-10 minutes to find main idea, specific information and speaker’s opinion.

  • participate in class discussions and debates, using information from class listenings and readings to support opinions and ideas with some prompting.

  • prepare and present an individual and/or group oral presentation of 2-5 minutes on daily routines, personal routines, biographical information or a topic covered in class.

Level 4

IEP 400: Level 4 Reading & Vocabulary

Curricular Aims

Students interact with longer, more academic text extensively and intensively with a focus on connecting ideas across texts, understanding explicit and implicit meaning and applying information. Students also acquire vocabulary and vocabulary decoding strategies that help them interact in an academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • read texts of approximately 750 words on academic topics with a focus on understanding main ideas, inferring meaning, connecting ideas across texts and using information to complete an academic task.

  • analyze, understand and use information from complex non-linear texts and diagrams to complete a task.

  • use, spell, and say select words from the Academic Wordlist focusing on building academic English lexis.

IEP 401: Level 4 Writing & Grammar

Curricular Aims

Students will further refine their writing skills by focusing on the five-paragraph academic essay, exploring various genres and rhetorical patterns and incorporating information from independent and/or guided research. Students will also study more advanced grammar structures that will enable them to produce longer, more academic writing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce a five-paragraph academic essay of around 350 words on a topic studied in class which incorporates information from independent and/or guided research.

  • connect sentences and paragraphs using cohesive devices.

  • avoid plagiarism by using appropriate citation and reference lists.

  • understand the form, meaning, and function of conditionals, gerunds and infinitives, and adjective clauses.

IEP 402: Level 4 Listening & Speaking

Curricular Aims

Students engage in more complex, academic class discussions and debates. At this level, students apply basic research skills to prepare an academic oral presentation. Students also extend their note-taking skills by listening to/watching simulated academic lectures and applying the information to complete a task.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • listen to/ watch simulated academic lectures of 10-12 minutes to find main idea, specific information, speaker’s opinion, infer information and apply information to an academic task.

  • participate in class discussions and debates using information from class recordings and readings to support opinions and ideas with minimal prompting.

  • research, prepare and present an independent oral presentation of 5-8 minutes on a topic covered in class.

Level 5

IEP 500: Level 5 Reading & Vocabulary

Curricular Aims

Students interact with authentic academic texts extensively and intensively with a focus on building academic reading strategies necessary to handle the reading demands of academic study. Students also acquire vocabulary and vocabulary decoding strategies that help them interact in an academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • read texts of 750+ words and understand the main idea and overarching themes, infer meaning, connect ideas across texts, and apply information to complete academic texts.

  • analyze, understand and use information from multiple non-linear texts and diagrams to complete a task.

  • use, spell, and say select words from the Academic Wordlist focusing on building academic English lexis.

IEP 501: Level 5 Writing & Grammar

Curricular Aims

Students will move from writing five-paragraph essays to producing longer research papers of 700+ words with a focus on conducting appropriate academic research, incorporating sources, and appropriate citation. Students will also study more advanced grammar structures that will enable them to produce longer, more academic writing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce a research paper of 700+ words on a topic studied in class which incorporates information from independent research.

  • connect sentences, paragraphs, and sections using appropriate cohesive devices.

  • avoid plagiarism by using appropriate citation and reference lists.

  • understand the form, meaning, and function of passive voice and past perfect.

IEP 502: Level 5 Listening & Speaking

Curricular Aims

Students interact with their classmates and instructor in academic class discussions and debates with fluency and confidence. Students also practice and perfect their note-taking skills. Additionally, students prepare and present a researched, academic oral presentation complete with visual aids and references.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • listen to / watch semi-authentic academic lectures of 13+ minutes to understand main idea, specific details, speaker’s opinion, infer meaning, and apply information to an academic task.

  • participate in class discussions and debates using information from class recordings and readings to support opinions and ideas with limited prompting.

  • research, prepare, and present an individual and/or group oral presentation of 8+ minutes on a topic covered in class or related to the student’s area of study.

Elective Courses

Each session, many different Elective classes will be offered. These classes are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the students. The aim of the courses is to provide students a fun, interesting alternative to traditional English language coursework that helps prepare them for their future studies. Enrollment in Elective classes is mandatory and maintaining a passing grade is a requirement for progression from one level to the next.

Some examples of Electives offered are:

Language of Math

This course is designed for students who will take MAT 101 or higher. The aim of the course is to build the course specific vocabulary students will need to be successful in their math courses. The course covers basic math functions, how to read graphs and charts, and vocabulary related to fractions and percentages.

Health and Nutrition in America

In this course, students discuss ways to stay healthy as students in America. Students learn about healthy food options available in the community, places to go to exercise, and listen to guest speakers talk about healthy living. There are also field trips to Mississippi College’s HealthPlex and opportunities to learn American sports like baseball and American football.

American Comedy

Humor is hard to translate. This course attempts to introduce students to comedy in America. Throughout the course, students watch sitcoms like Seinfield, The Simpson, and Friends and discuss the aspects of the shows that make them cornerstones of American comedy.

APA Intensive

A required elective that explores APA writing style in more depth and detail than time allows. This course is designed for higher level students about to begin full time academic study.

Sample Weekly Course Schedule*

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

9:00-10:30

Reading & Vocabulary

(all levels)

9:00-10:30

Reading & Vocabulary

(all levels)

9:00-10:30

Reading & Vocabulary

(all levels)

9:00-10:30

Reading & Vocabulary

(all levels)

9:00-10:30

Reading & Vocabulary

(all levels)

10:30-10:45

Break

10:30-10:45

Break

10:30-10:45

Break

10:30-10:45

Break

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-12:15

Writing & Grammar

(all levels)

10:45-12:15

Writing & Grammar

(all levels)

10:45-12:15

Writing & Grammar

(all levels)

10:45-12:15

Writing & Grammar

(all levels)

10:45-12:15

Writing & Grammar

(all levels)

12:15-1:30

Lunch

12:15-1:30

Lunch

12:15-1:30

Lunch

12:15-1:30

Lunch

12:15-1:30

Lunch

1:30-2:45

Listening & Speaking

(Levels 1-3)

Elective

(Levels 4-5)

1:30-3:00

Listening & Speaking

(all levels)

1:30-2:30

Electives

(all levels)

1:30-3:00

Listening & Speaking

(all levels)

 

* Subject to change

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