About IEP

IEP provides learning opportunities for students preparing to study in U.S. colleges or universities, to further their professional career, or to improve their English language skills. IEP students will receive quality instruction from highly trained English faculty. Students can take part in a variety of activities in and around Bellingham. This could include visits to Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, local museums, or hiking and skiing in nearby Mount Baker National Park.

The IEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). Western Washington University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Levels of English

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

Classes

Levels 1-5 offer the following classes at each level of the program.

Reading  

Students will develop reading comprehension, vocabulary and critical skills, and specific reading skills to support their academic study. They will also learn more about U.S. culture and contemporary world issues. 

Writing  

Students will develop the ability to write grammatically-correct sentences, clearly focused paragraphs, and well organized and developed essays.  

Grammar  

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

Listening and Speaking  

Students will develop listening and oral production skills. Levels 1-3 focus on functional English skills while levels 4-6 focus on higher-level academic skills.

Level 6 offers the following classes.

Reading  

Students will use authentic university-level readings to work on advanced reading skills, including making inferences, drawing conclusions, and reading critically.

Writing  

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

Academic Preparation  

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

IEP Level Approximation to Standardized Tests

Western strives for accurate placement and wants each student to be in the best learning environment. Each new student goes through level placement assessments upon arrival. IEP students are placed in the appropriate level at the beginning of each quarter, and registered for a combination of core and support classes.

For an approximation* of your level placement, please look at the chart below.

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

*DISCLAIMER: These are simply approximations for planning purposes and are by no means a guarantee that a student will be placed in a particular IEP level based on their standardized test scores.

All IEP students will be assessed upon arrival at WWU during Student Orientation at the beginning of each quarter. Occasionally, two levels will be taught in the same classroom by the same instructor of record.  For example, levels 1 and 2 could be combined to levels 1/2.  Levels 5 and 6 are never combined.

Additional Information

For additional program information, please email us at iep@wwu.edu

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