Intensive English Program (IEP)

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The Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for students who wish to communicate effectively in English for a variety of personal and academic purposes. IEP students develop a broad understanding of language and culture that will allow them to effectively pursue everyday needs and prepare them for higher level language study. The IEP offers 23 hours of classes per week and five proficiency levels of study on a semester system. There are three sessions offered each year:

Upcoming Sessions:

Fall Semester:           August 24 to November 25, 2020 (Note: IEP will NOT begin remotely on Aug. 17 with UNL)

Spring Semester:      January 11 to April 23, 2021

Tuition and Fees:

Visit our Program Costs page for detailed information.

How to Apply

Please apply to the Intensive English program by completing the Intensive English Program (IEP) Application. You may contact the Program Director, Mr. Chris Dunsmore, by email at cdunsmore2@unl.edu if you have any questions about the program.  An in-person consultation can be arranged by Skype or Zoom. 

Placement:

Normally, students are placed into a level of the Intensive English Program by taking the Michigan State University English Language Test (ELT) when they first arrive on campus.  Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic and social distancing measures, however, students admitted for fall 2020 will be placed using a recent proficiency test score from one of the following exams: 

TOEFL

IELTS

Duolingo English Test

If you submitted one of these scores to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln when you applied, we will use the score we have on file to place you into the program.  If you did not submit any test scores when you applied, we ask that you do so no later than August 1, 2020.  Please make sure you have your official scores sent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the time you register for the exam. 

IEP Program Description:

The IEP program offers five proficiency levels ranging from beginning to advanced.

Foundation Levels:

The first two levels of the program are known as the foundation levels because they help students with lower initial proficiency achieve the basic language knowledge they will need to pursue more advanced learning goals. Classes for the foundation levels are as follows:

Fundamental (level 1) and Basic (level 2) courses:

  • Reading and Vocabulary (8 hours per week)
  • Listening & Speaking (7 hours per week)
  • Writing & Grammar (8 hours per week)

 FOUNDATION LEVELS  - Possible Schedule

TIME

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-9:20 am

Writing/Grammar

Writing/Grammar

Writing/Grammar

Writing/Grammar

Writing/Grammar

9:30-10:20 am

Writing/Grammar

Listening/Speaking

Writing/Grammar

Listening/Speaking

Writing/Grammar

10:30-11:20 am

Listening/ Speaking

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

11:30 am -1:30 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-2:20 pm Reading/Vocabulary Reading/Vocabulary Reading/Vocabulary

Reading/Vocabulary

No classes
2:30-3:20 pm Reading/Vocabulary Reading/Vocabulary Reading/Vocabulary

Reading/Vocabulary

No Classes

My-Track Levels:

The higher levels in the IEP program are known as the "My-Track" levels because students in these three levels get to customize their own learning path through the choice of elective courses related to their specific areas of interest.  Students take a series of core courses designed to improve their general knowledge of the traditional English skill areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar) and can choose one content-based course per semester that fits their intended major or other area of interest.  Classes for the My-Track levels are as follows:

Intermediate (level 3), High Intermediate (level 4), and Advanced (level 5) courses:

  • Integrated Skills: Reading & Writing (8 hours per week)
  • Integrated Skills: Listening & Speaking (7 hours per week)
  • Grammar in Context (4 hours per week)
  • My-Track Elective Course (students choose one - 4 hours per week)

TRACK LEVELS - Possible Schedule

TIME

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-9:20 am

Reading/Writing

Reading/Writing

Reading/Writing

Reading/Writing

Reading/Writing

9:30-10:20 am

Reading/Writing

Listening/Speaking

Reading/Writing

Listening/Speaking

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:20 am

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

Listening/Speaking

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:30-1:20 pm

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar

No Class

1:30 - 2:20 pm

Track Elective

Track Elective

Track Elective

Track Elective

No Class