The CIEP teaches classes grouped into three skill areas:
- Listening/Speaking (50 mins)
- Writing (100 mins)
- Reading (50 mins)
These courses prepare students to use every-day English as well as academic English so that they are comfortable in both the community and university classrooms.
- In the beginning level classes, students focus on sound-symbol correlation, expanding vocabulary, spelling patterns for sounds, and correct use of tenses in spoken discourse.
- Then in intermediate levels the focus is on learning to receive, understand, organize and retrieve information. Students also work to organize and expand their spoken discourse with transitions.
- Finally, in the advanced levels students focus on taking accurate lecture notes and making longer presentations. In all levels, students are encouraged to ask questions and share their opinions and experiences as they interact with material about American culture.
These courses use a communicative approach to help students practice, study, and review grammatical structures by offering opportunities for use both inside and outside of class. Moreover, instruction focuses on practicing recognition and production of structures by using those learned in class and applying them to writing class assignments. These courses prepare students to plan, write and revise their own compositions following the standards of academic English.
- In the beginning levels, students learn to build simple sentences using a variety of verb tenses, word forms, capitalization, and punctuation rules. Students will write about everyday topics while practicing sentence structures.
- In the intermediate levels, students build more complex and compound sentences, expand their knowledge of verb tenses, and work with clauses-level grammar. Students write weekly journals and work on paragraph development.
- Finally, advanced level students master complex and compound sentences learning such structures as conditionals and modifying phrases. Students learn to write compositions in various academic styles (narration, classification, process, etc.). In the highest level, students research, write, and present a pre-selected topic in proper academic style.
These courses prepare students to understand and interact with a variety of writing styles and texts which increase in complexity and length as students advance through the program. Student in all levels work to increase vocabulary and learn strategies and skills for understanding word meanings, understanding construction of sentences, and processing and analyzing texts for better comprehension. As students progress through the levels and work with more challenging texts, the goal remains to increase comprehension and reading speed.
- In the beginning levels, students work to understand parts of speech, sentence construction, dialogs, and dictionary usage.
- Later, in intermediate levels, students use strategies like skimming, surveying, previewing and identifying main and supporting ideas in texts. Also, intermediate level students draw conclusions, inference, and analyze syntactic structures.
- Finally, in the highest level, students summarize and gloss texts in order to identify key concepts, take notes, and prepare for essay exams.
* Each of these classes meet every day, Monday through Friday.