Welcome to Gulf Language School’s Intensive English Program (IEP) at North American University. Our highly-regarded language program is open to non-native speakers who wish to achieve proficiency in English for academic or professional purposes. Program components include reading, writing, listening and speaking. As an IEP student at GLS, you will:
Intensive
Evening
Summer
Test Prep
Special

Program Outcomes

Students completing the language program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • comprehend written and spoken university-level materials
  • take effective lecture notes
  • write, revise, and edit academic papers that follow conventions of Edited American English (EAE)
  • prepare and deliver formal presentations that follow conventions of Edited American English (EAE).

Program Components

Listening
Listening classes focus on academic listening skills and note-taking from lectures. Students learn academic vocabulary from each lecture, note-taking methods, listening comprehension, and discussion strategies.

Reading
Reading classes focus on improving overall reading comprehension. Through the use of authentic texts, students learn academic reading strategies, acquire new vocabulary, and work to increase reading speed and effectiveness.

Writing
Writing classes focus on a variety of structures in controlled compositions with an emphasis on various types of organization, (e.g. narration, comparison and contrasts, and literary analysis) practiced in guided formats. Students use academic vocabulary in their writings and the writing process of drafting, revising, and editing.

Speaking
Speaking classes focus on increasing fluency and developing oral comprehension of academic English sentences. Students will participate in oral comprehension exercises; they will also participate in class discussion of relevant subjects and present academic oral presentations.

Program Length

Program length: 8-44 weeks
The placement test is given to each new student before they begin their course of study to evaluate the appropriate level of instruction. The length of instruction depends on the results of the placement exam. For example, an applicant scoring into IENG 0001 will have the following course of study:

Course Semester Weeks
IENG 0001 Lower Beginning English Level 1 Fall 1 8
IENG 0002 Upper Beginning English Level 2 Fall 2 8
IENG 0003 Lower Intermediate English Level 3 Spring 1 8
IENG 0004 Upper Intermediate English Level 4 Spring 2 8
IENG 0005 Lower Advanced English Level 5 Summer 1 6
IENG 0006 Advanced English Level 6 Summer 2 6
Total 44

 

The academic year is divided into four (4), 8-week-long sessions, 4 hours a day, Monday through Friday (fall and spring) and two (2), 6-week long sessions, 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday (summer). Students typically attend 2 classes each session (Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking), and advance to a new level each session.

Course Description

IENG 0001 Lower Beginning English Level 1
This course introduces listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. Instructional approaches and activities which include pair work, group activities, audio, video and teacher-generated lectures, and student-instructor conferences, will engage the students in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities designed to help learners respond appropriately to a variety of practical everyday contexts such as asking for and giving personal information.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, and using the workshop method, students will use ideas and information from beginner text material to create well-formed sentences. Both in and out-of-class activities will help students develop strategies to discuss, challenge and expand ideas contained in text materials. Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER®.

IENG 0002 Upper Beginning English Level 2
This course introduces listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. Instructional approaches and activities which include pair work, group activities, audio, video and teacher-generated lectures and student-instructor conferences, will engage the students in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities designed to help learners respond appropriately to a variety of practical everyday contexts such as asking for and giving personal information.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, and using the workshop method, students will use ideas and information from beginner text materials to create well-formed sentences. Both in and out-of-class activities will help students develop strategies to discuss, challenge and expand ideas contained in text materials. Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACT Compass® or IENG 0001 Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER® or IENG 0001

IENG 0003 Lower Intermediate English Level 3
This course introduces and refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an undergraduate academic environment. Through audio and video presentations as well as teacher-generated lectures, students will improve listening comprehension, develop effective note-taking skills, recognize verbal and non-verbal cues that signal main ideas and relationship of ideas, deliver formal oral presentations of 2-5 minutes, learn to support their own opinions and respond appropriately to the opinions of others, and practice intermediate grammar structures in discourse.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to develop critical reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, summarizing and paraphrasing in order to create essays of 2-3 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners develop strategies to discuss, challenge and expand ideas from text materials. Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER® or IENG 0002 Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation.

IENG 0004 Upper Intermediate English Level 4
This course introduces and refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an undergraduate academic environment. Through audio and video presentations as well as teacher-generated lectures, students will improve listening comprehension, develop effective note-taking skills, recognize verbal and non-verbal cues that signal main ideas and relationship of ideas, deliver formal oral presentations of 2-5 minutes, learn to support their own opinions and respond appropriately to the opinions of others, and practice intermediate grammar structures in discourse.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to improve critical reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, and summarizing and paraphrasing, in order to create essays of 2-3 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners practice strategies critical to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas from text materials. Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER® or IENG 0003.

IENG 0005 Lower Advanced English Level 5
This course introduces and refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. Through instructional approaches and activities such as pair work, group activities, lectures and student-instructor conferences, learners will increase comprehension, improve note-taking skills, expand vocabulary and increase fluency in order to deliver formal presentations of 4-6 minutes.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to improve reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, and summarizing and paraphrasing, in order to create essays of 3-4 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners practice strategies essential to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas contained in text materials. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER® or IENG 0004

IENG 0006 Upper Advanced English Level 6
This course refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. This course introduces and refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. Through instructional approaches and activities which include pair work, group activities, academic lectures and materials, and student-instructor conferences, the learner will increase comprehension, improve note-taking skills, expand vocabulary, and improve accuracy and fluency in speaking in order to deliver formal presentations of 4-7 minutes.

Under the close supervision of the instructor and using the workshop method, students will use college-level text material to analyze, evaluate, summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize information and ideas to create essays of 3-4 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help students to practice strategies that are critical to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas contained in text materials. Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER® or IENG 0005

IENG 0009 Developmental Reading and Writing Level 9
This course is designed to help prepare students for the analytical reading and writing activities necessary for success in the academic environment and beyond. Exit exam required. Credit earned cannot be used for graduation. Prerequisite: ACCPULACER® or IENG 0006

Level Progression

Progression from one level to the next is determined at the end of each term. Students are assessed throughout the term, and promotion to the next level is confirmed using the following criteria:

  1. Graded coursework, i.e. homework, quizzes, reading and listening tests, progress drafts, portfolio, etc.
  2. ACCUPLACER® Exit Test, an objective, multiple-choice examination that tests grammar, reading and listening comprehension, and sentence construction.

These factors and a grade of 70 or above in the course are considered in promotion decisions. To pass to the next level, students also must obey attendance, participation, and coursework rules during the session.

Sample Weekly Schedule Progression

Students in the Intensive English Program take a 2-hour listening and speaking class and a 2- hour reading and writing class, Monday through Friday. Classes are held from 09:00-01:00 and 1:00 – 05:00.

 
09:00 – 01:00 Sample Class

IENG 0003 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 – 10:40 Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing
11:00 – 12:40 Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking

 
01:00 – 05:00 Sample Class

IENG 0003 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:00 – 02:40 Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing
03:00 – 04:40 Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking