Mississippi College

The Intensive English Program is a semester long program, just like the regular academic programs on campus. The fall semester usually lasts from late August to mid-December. The spring semester typically begins mid-January and ends in early May. Check our academic calendar page for exact start dates. 

Intensive English Program classes meet daily for two hours each. In addition to the four hours of class, students will also be required to meet one hour weekly with a conversation partner and one hour weekly with a writing tutor. Undergraduate or Graduate students who have tested into the beginner and intermediate levels will be required to attend the Language Lab (located in the Multicultural Center) for further conversational practice and lessons on American culture. 

Undergraduate and Graduate students who have tested into the Advanced I or II levels will take English for Academic Purposes in the IEP classroom building. 

Students are placed into classes according to their scores on the TOEFL-ITP exam. Students are given this exam upon their arrival at Mississippi College.

Class Listing

Beginner Speaking and Listening

 Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored a 40 or below composite score on the listening comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.

Students will learn and demonstrate Basic English conversational skills through role play and spoken exercises.  Students will acquire and build new vocabulary using communicative language teaching strategies. Students will begin working on American English phonetics through pronunciation practice and indirect modeling by the teacher.   Students will demonstrate listening comprehension skills through oral and written responses.  Students will demonstrate oral expression through a short presentation using a visual aid.

Beginner Reading and Writing

Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored a 39 or below composite score on the Written Expression section and a 39 or below composite score on the Reading Comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.Students will read an assortment of vocabulary-expanding short stories designed specifically for beginning English learners. Students will begin to form written sentences using the newly mastered vocabulary and grammar objectives.  Students will learn to generate and organize written content, structure and sequence the written content into meaningful ways, and review and edit their final products using the standard steps of the writing process. Students will express themselves personally and meaningfully in various reflective or task-based writing assignments.  Students will respond to fiction and non-fiction texts in formal and informal writing assignments.  Students will master the three-paragraph summary essay.

Intermediate Speaking and Listening

Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored between a 41-45 composite score on the listening comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.  

Students will increase fluency and confidence in speaking through informal class discussions and short impromptu presentations.  Students will strengthen speaking skills including stating opinions/preferences, discussing world events, making hypothetical statements, and giving instructions.  Students will build listening comprehension and note-taking skills with recorded mock lectures and previewing regular academic classes.  Students will utilize the campus library to acquire research skills in preparation for researched presentations. Students will demonstrate understanding of APA formatting and referencing in academic presentations.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and academic analysis by completing academic PowerPoint presentations.  With the use of a visual aid, students will make a short (3-5 minute) presentation of their researched topic.

Intermediate Reading and Writing

Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored between a 40-44 composite score on the Written Expression section and between a 40-46 composite score on the Reading Comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.  

Students will increase fluency and confidence through informal class-writing such as journaling. Students will analyze and respond to fiction and non-fiction texts independently in formal and informal writing assignments. Students will acquire and master the use of new vocabulary through various reading and writing assignments. Students will further understand function and form of the English parts of speech.  Students will understand how to go from writing a sentence, to writing a paragraph, to writing a five-paragraph analytical essay. Students will begin to develop writing skills that will lead them to academic success; they will become aware of the importance of word choice, sentence structure, and organizational techniques through process writing. Students will understand and demonstrate the ability to write persuasively, descriptively, and informatively.  Students will utilize the campus library to acquire research skills.  Students will read and analyze multi-disciplinary resources and incorporate them into short formal academic writing assignments. Students will understand the consequences of plagiarism and how to avoid it using paraphrasing and summarizing.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of APA formatting and referencing in academic writing. Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and academic analysis by completing a five-paragraph written research assignment.   

Advanced I Speaking and Listening

Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored between a 46-50 composite score on the listening comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.  

Students will increase fluency and confidence in speaking through informal class discussions and unscripted speech in presentations and debates. Students will learn and demonstrate appropriate formal and informal word-phrasing, colloquial and academic speech, and the differences in their usages.  Students will learn to effectively produce the sounds of American English phonetics through pronunciation practice. Students will acquire listening, note-taking, and comprehension skills through previewing regular academic classes and weekly classroom exercises.  Students will utilize the campus library to acquire research skills in preparation for researched presentations. Students will demonstrate understanding of APA formatting and referencing in academic presentations.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and academic analysis by completing academic PowerPoint presentations.

Advanced I Reading and Writing

Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored between a 45-50 composite score on the Written Expression section and between a 47-51 composite score on the Reading Comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.  

Students will increase fluency and confidence through informal class writing. Students will analyze and respond to fiction and non-fiction texts independently in formal and informal writing assignments. Students will further understand function and form of the English parts of speech.  Students will understand and interpret academic and formal written language on a variety of topics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of academic and formal language through essay writing.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of formal organization and structure in academic writing.  Students will utilize the campus library to acquire research skills.  Students will read and analyze multi-disciplinary resources and incorporate them into formal academic writing assignments. Students will understand the consequences of plagiarism and how to avoid it using paraphrasing and summarizing.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of APA formatting and referencing in academic writing. Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and academic analysis by completing a written research assignment.   

Advanced II Speaking and Listening

 Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored between a 51-55 composite score on the listening comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.  

Students will increase fluency and confidence in speaking through informal class discussions and unscripted speech in presentations and debates. Students will learn and demonstrate appropriate formal and informal word-phrasing, colloquial and academic speech, and the differences in their usages.  Students will learn to effectively produce the sounds of American English phonetics through pronunciation practice. Students will acquire listening, note-taking, and comprehension skills through previewing regular academic classes and weekly classroom exercises.  Students will utilize the campus library to acquire research skills in preparation for researched presentations. Students will demonstrate understanding of APA formatting and referencing in academic presentations.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and academic analysis by completing academic PowerPoint presentations.

Notice goals under the Advanced II Speaking and Listening curriculum are the same as the Advanced I Speaking and Listening curriculum; however, the objectives are covered at higher proficiency level than that of Advanced I.

Advanced II Reading and Writing

Prerequisite: Students assigned to this course have scored between a 51-56 composite score on the Written Expression section and between a 52-56 composite score on the Reading Comprehension section of the Institutional TOEFL test administered by international programs at the beginning of each semester.  Students will increase fluency and confidence through informal class writing. Students will analyze and respond to fiction and non-fiction texts independently in formal and informal writing assignments. Students will further understand function and form of the English parts of speech.

Students will understand and interpret academic and formal written language on a variety of topics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of academic and formal language through essay writing.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of formal organization and structure in academic writing.  Students will utilize the campus library to acquire research skills.  Students will read and analyze multi-disciplinary resources and incorporate them into formal academic writing assignments. Students will understand the consequences of plagiarism and how to avoid it using paraphrasing and summarizing.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of APA formatting and referencing in academic writing. Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and academic analysis by completing a written research assignment.

 

American Culture (for Advanced-Level Graduate Students Only)

This course introduces international graduate students to the American university. Students examine and apply American university cultural concepts to their current assimilation into American university life. Students look closely at communication by email, proper interactions with American instructors, time management, and academic integrity. While learning these concepts, students also learn proper writing formats such as APA and MLA research formats and how to properly give an educational presentation using Microsoft Office's Powerpoint program. Lastly, students learn how to successfully compile a resume and participate in a job interview.

Movie Class (for Beginner Students Only)

Due to the limited English proficiency of our beginner students, this course uses the visual aid and context of popular American movies to develop the students’ conversational English vocabulary, strengthen their listening and observation skills, as well as, their understanding of American popular culture.  Discussion questions will be given with each movie and students will be encouraged to think about and discuss the themes, ideas, and opinions that are portrayed in the movie.

Novel Class (for Intermediate Students Only)

This course is designed to increase the intermediate students’ reading comprehension and analytical thinking through the close reading of a popular American novel.   Also through the close reading of the novel, students will further expand their English vocabulary as well as implicitly pick up English grammatical structures. In addition, students will also be given many opportunities to comprehensively discuss American cultural values and popular motifs.

English for Academic Purposes (for Advanced I and II Students Only)

Because Advanced I and II students will more than likely be moving onto academic classes following this semester, this course has been designed to further prepare them for the Academic English they will face in their individual majors.  Students will study Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes in order to have the tools necessary to decipher new vocabulary they encounter in their academic classes.  Students will also be taught reading strategies they will be able to employ when reading the often dense academic material required in their American university classes.  In addition to these linguistic objectives, students will also be taught analytical thinking and idea development through various cooperative learning activities (including a service learning project coordinated with local area high schools).

Language Lab

The Intensive English Program's language lab consists of 15 individual carols in which students can watch cultural videos, listen to English dialogue for comprehension, or record themselves to aid in pronunciation correction and development. The language lab also has a large-screen television equipped with DVD player and computer set up. Students use this to watch cultural movies together and to give multi-media presentations to large groups. In addition to this computer set up, the language lab is outfitted with wireless internet, so students may bring their own personal computers and use the internet to complete class assignments. Lastly, the language lab is run by an American tutor who is available to help students individually with their English language development and IEP class assignments.

IEP Teachers

All Intensive English Program teachers are college graduates with either a post-collegiate certificate in teaching English as a Second Language or a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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