About IEP

IEP Meets You Where You Are

Western’s Intensive English Program meets students where they are in English learning and helps them improve from there.

IEP provides learning opportunities for students who are:

  • preparing to study in U.S. colleges or universities.
  • looking to further their professional career.
  • looking to improve their English language skills.

IEP students will receive quality instruction from highly trained faculty.

Study at Your Level

IEP has six levels of instruction, ranging from Level 1 (Beginning) to Level 6 (University Prep). Before or during orientation, you will take a placement test and be placed in the appropriate level.

  • Level 1: Beginning
  • Level 2: Early Intermediate
  • Level 3: Intermediate
  • Level 4: Early Advanced
  • Level 5: Advanced
  • Level 6: University Prep

IEP Courses

Levels 1-5 Offer the Following Courses at Each Level

Reading  

You will develop reading comprehension, vocabulary and critical skills. You will learn specific reading skills to support your academic studies. You will also learn about U.S. culture and contemporary world issues. 

Writing

You will learn to write grammatically-correct sentences, focused paragraphs, and well-organized essays.  

Grammar

You will develop the ability to understand and use English grammar. Grammar courses focus on key grammatical structures as they support other language skills.

Listening and Speaking

You will develop listening and oral production skills. Levels 1-3 focus on functional English skills, while levels 4-5 focus on higher-level academic skills.
 

Level 6 Offers the Following Courses

Reading

You will use university-level readings to work on advanced reading skills. You will learn how to make inferences, draw conclusions, and read critically.

Writing

You will work on higher-level academic writing, with an introduction to research methods and writing. You will learn to perform the writing tasks required of students at U.S. universities.

Academic Preparation

You will sit in on a university-level course with academic support from IEP instructors.

Summer Academic English Program

Our summer quarter is different from the traditional academic year. Students will study and improve in all English skills in an integrated setting. 

 

IEP Level Approximation to Standardized Tests

Western strives for accurate placement and wants each student to be in the best learning environment.

See how your standardized test scores translate to IEP level in the table below. Note that the IEP does not guarantee this level. Your true level will be decided using Western’s placement test after teachers have assessed your current skills.

IEP Level Placement Table

IEP Level Approximation to Standardized Tests

IEP Level

PBT TOEFL

IBT TOEFL

IELTS

DSE

EIKEN

TOEIC

Basic

272-310

≤ 19

≤ 1.0

 

 

0-250

1

311-350

20-29

≤ 1.0

 

 

 

2

351-389

30-39

2.0

 

3

255-400

3

390-429

40-49

3.0

 

Pre 2

 

4

430-469

50-59

4.0

 

Pre 2

405-600

5

470-509

60-69

5.0

3

2

 

6

510-549

70-79

6.0

4

2A

605-700

Out

≥ 550

≥ 80

≥ 6.5

5

≥ Pre 1

≥ 700