4. Intensive English Program (IEP)



The Applied College is proud to introduce to you our IEP. This two-semester course has been specifically designed to help you develop your English language skills for academic purposes. Whether you need to study English as a support to your academic studies or you just want to improve your general language skills, our course will enhance your proficiency level in English.



Course Description

The IEP at the Applied College is designed to help students develop their English proficiency from level A1 to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

This two-semester program intends to aid students in acquiring the academic skills and language level necessary for succeeding in their university studies.

The IEP is divided into two modules as follows:

  • ENG.011 (levels A1 to A2)
  • ENG. 012 (levels A2 to B1)

Each module will address the English language skills in two different types of class:


1. Academic Reading and Writing

During these classes, you will:

  • Read, analyze, and discuss about various academic texts
  • Learn how to get the gist of a text by employing specific reading strategies such as skimming and scanning.
  • Use the information acquired through reading in writing well-structured essays;
  • Improve your revising and editing skills;
  • Expand your vocabulary;
  • Improve your understanding of English grammar


2. Academic Listening and Speaking

In the second part of each module, you will learn how to:

  • Master the listening skills necessary for understanding your lectures, seminars or any other informal communicative act.
  • Interpret various instances of oral communication.
  • Take part in academic discussions and presentations.
  • Conduct oral presentations on various topics.
  • Speak English more accurately and fluently.



All our classes are designed to be engaging and student-centered. So, your active participation is expected and highly valued. For optimum efficiency of our lectures, the following points must be observed during classes:

  • You must use English while class is in session.
  •  It is okay to ask questions or have discussions with your instructors, especially if you do not understand the class material. You should not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Time management is an important skill to learn.
  • Critical thinking should be learned. You should not copy answers from the Internet, your textbook, or your classmate.
  • Presenting ideas in class is expected—students will be called on or may volunteer to speak.
  • Students are usually graded on class participation, assignments, homework and exams.

IEP Weekly Schedule:

  • Academic Reading and Writing: 8 hours/week .
  • Academic Listening and Speaking: 4 hours/week.

Core classes meet Sunday through Thursday. However, individual schedules may vary according to the other courses that you are studying during a particular semester.


Features of the IEP:

  • You will learn English through a process called immersion, which means that you will practice English on a daily basis. Studies show that immersion is the best way to master a language because it reproduces the manner in which native speakers learn the language when they are infants.
  • You will receive a significant amount of tasks and assignments throughout the semester. Exhausting as this may sound, it is a strategy that will help you acquire new skills faster and better. Practicing more often within a short period of time speeds up the process of acquiring a new language.


Each skill will be taught by using effective and engaging methods and strategies:


Students will be trained to become effective readers by developing their critical thinking skills and their ability to extract the main ideas in a text without understanding each and every word.

2. Writing:

The main strategy used in improving this skill is the process approach, which is based on outlining, proofreading, and editing. It is a very useful strategy for writing well-organized essays.

3. Listening:

The students’ listening comprehension will be trained with the help of well-structured activities of pre-, during, and post-listening activities.

4. Speaking:

The students will be trained to use the linguistic and lexical knowledge gained throughout the program in several academic contexts, such as presentations, seminars, oral exams, and group presentations.

Mode of instruction:

  • The IEP is a full-time course based on a student load of 12 hours per week. Students will be taught through a series of lectures and practical activities.
  • The course is usually delivered through face-to-face instruction. All classes meet Sunday to Thursday, from 8.00 AM to 1.00 PM. All class meetings occur on campus, during scheduled meeting times. The schedule will include two or three EIP classes every day. The skills to be practiced will alternate between Reading and Writing classes and Listening and Speaking lessons.
  • As of the autumn 2020 semester, most courses are taught online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online IEP course is delivered synchronously (in real time) during scheduled meeting times. Students are expected to actively participate in the online classes and to observe the pre-established meeting times. We aim to offer you an interactive learning experience, so you’ll be working closely with your peers and instructors in the friendly and secure environment provided by the E-learning platform of the university.