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Program Calendar, Level Descriptions, and Schedule

Program Calendar

The Intensive English Program is a 12 week program that occurs within the university semester.  Below are the important dates for the IEP. For Illinois Institute of Technology Academic Calendar, please visit http://web.iit.edu/registrar/academic-calendar.

1Application Deadline2Arrival Date(s)2New Student Orientation
2Continuing Student OrientationProgram Course Dates3Breaks
(no classes)
IEP Certificate Pickup
Fall 2019Jul 20, 2019Aug 10-11, 2019Aug 12-16, 2019Aug 14-16, 2019Aug 19 - Dec 7, 2019Oct 7-18; Nov 25-29, 2019Dec 11, 2019 - 10am to 3pm
Spring 2020Dec 1, 2019Jan 6, 2020Jan 7-10, 2020Jan 10, 2020Jan 13 - May 2, 2020Mar 9-21, 2020May 5, 2020

1English Language Services accepts applications year round for the Intensive English Program; however, there is an application deadline related to the timeframe of visa issuance.

2Arrival and orientation and placement exam dates are mandatory. You MUST plan your travel to arrive on time. If you arrive earlier, you will have to plan your own housing accomodations until housing is available. If you will be late, please inform us immediately; in most cases, we will ask you to defer coming until the next semester.

3Breaks are subject to change.

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Level Descriptions

Please note: Our program is not intended for beginning learners of English.

Level 1 (Introduction)This level accommodates high beginners by introducing them to English and the U.S. classroom. They receive instruction and practice focused on the basic survival skills for urban and university settings. Students who complete this level will be able to recognize and function in basic societal and academic nuances.
Level 2 (Skill Development)This level provides further instruction and practice to low-intermediate students in order to develop language skills to help students integrate into the U.S. and university life. By the end of this level, students will be able to participate with others with minor miscommunications.
Level 3 (Proficiency and Confidence)At this level, high-intermediate students begin to advance their proficiency by building confidence in completing academic tasks in English. Students will be proficient enough in English to maneuver a university campus with little difficulty. In this level, instructors and advisors will work with students to apply to a program at Illinois Tech. Students who pass and move on to an undergraduate or graduate program will be assessed and recommended or required to take a supplemental English course while studying their major.
Level 4 (Fluency in English Environments)This level accommodates advanced students needing to refine their English Language abilities. Students will be successful in a wide range of English speaking environments. In this level, instructors and advisors will work with students to apply to a program at Illinois Tech.

Example Weekly Schedule

This is an example schedule and will vary depending on students' individual levels. IEP classes may be scheduled Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The schedule is based on the availability of university classrooms.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10:00-11:15Possible
Time for
Elective
Course
GrammarReading
and
Writing
GrammarReading
and
Writing
11:25-12:40 
12:50-13:40BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
13:50-15:05Listening
and
Speaking
Listening
and
Speaking
Possible
Time for
Elective
Course
15:15-16:30