Academic English Program Course Description

Student in the Academic English Program develop their communication ability in four skills areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Courses emphasize active, participatory learning that encourages students to use their growing English skills both during class and through assignments that require students to practice their English outside of class hours.

The IELP has 6 levels (0-5) + Graduate Track:

Pre-Entry: Level 0; beginning level courses in reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening. These courses help students develop basic oral and written fluency so they can participate in everyday conversations and writing tasks.

Level 0 is for students with limited English ability. Level 0 students receive extra tutoring support and structure to help them develop their basic English skills. After successfully passing all of level 0 courses, students enter level 1 (Note: Students must pass level 0 within 2 terms.)

Class time: 22 hours per week
Homework: 15-18 hours per week


Intermediate: Levels 1-3; advanced beginner through upper intermediate level courses focus on building fluency and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading, grammar, and writing.

Levels 1-3 are for all beginner through intermediate students. These courses are designed to help students build a strong foundation in written and oral communication. Students will have many opportunities to practice their English skills to enhance their language learning experience. 

Class time: 18 hours per week
Homework: 15 to 20 hours per week


Advanced: Level 4-5; advanced courses in understanding academic lectures, discussion skills, public speaking, English grammar, grammar and editing for academic writing, academic reading & vocabulary, guided research writing, and independent research writing.

Levels 4-5 helps intermediate to advanced  students prepare for success in an American university. Undergraduate students can be admitted to PSU without a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.
Admitted PSU students can meet PSU’s language proficiency requirement by successfully completing the Pathway Pr
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Levels: 4-5
Class time: 18 hours per week


Graduate Track: These specialized courses are designed to support graduate students in refining the communication skills necessary for success in American master's and doctoral programs. In these classes, students can work on improving their academic writing and presentation skills, develop strategies to effectively participate in American graduate-level classes, and receive support in adjusting to the culture and pressures of academia. See the Graduate Pathway Program page for more details
 


IELP Proficiency Comparison Table

The table below gives a general idea of learners’ language proficiency at the end of an IELP level.

IELP Proficiency Comparison Table
PSU IELP Level IELTS TOEFL iBT TOEIC
Listening and Reading
Common European Framework (CERF)
Pre-Entry Program     120 A1+
1     225 A2+
2 4 31 385 A2+/mid-B1
3 5 42 550 B1+
4 5.5 58 665 mid-B2
5 6 71 785 B2+
Graduate 6.5 - 7 80-90 865 B2+/mid-C1

Disclaimer: This table is not a placement tool. It is also not related to grades in IELP courses. These comparisons are approximations only. This table is intended as a reference and is not meant to provide exact equivalencies. The scores and levels in the table reflect scores for learners exiting the corresponding IELP level.

IELP Proficiency Descriptors
These descriptors express a student’s general language abilities at the end of an IELP level.

CEFR level information:

‘mid’ = proficiency in the middle range of the CEFR level
‘+’ = the upper range of the CEFR level


Sample of a Typical IELP Class Schedule

A full time course load in the IELP is five classes. These five classes include the following topics:

Full time for all five classes means 18 class hours per week. This roughly breaks down to 3-4 class hours per day, Monday - Friday.

There may be additional sections of classes offered which are not indicated on the sample schedule. Section offerings depend on student enrollment.
 


IELP Typical Class Schedule

Course Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Grammar &
Writing
(levels 1-3)

8 credits

9:00-11:20
or
10:15-12:35

  9:00-11:20
or
10:15-12:35
  9:00-11:20
or
10:15-12:35

Grammar
(levels 4-5)

4 credits

9:00 - 10:05
or
10:15-11:20
  9:00 - 10:05
or
10:15-11:20
  9:00 - 10:05
or
10:15-11:20

Writing
(levels 4-5)

4 credits

11:30 - 12:35   11:30 - 12:35   11:30 - 12:35

Speaking/Listening
(all levels)

4 credits

 

12:45 - 13:50
or
14:00 - 15:50

  12:45 - 13:50
or
14:00 - 15:50
 

Reading
(all levels)

4 credits

12:45 - 13:50
or
14:0-15:05
  12:45 - 13:50
or
14:0-15:05
  12:45 - 13:50
or
14:0-15:05

ACAL or SEC
(all levels)

2 credits

 

Tuesday or Thursday 12:00-13:50

 

Tuesday or Thursday 12:00-13:50