IESL Structure and Curriculum

The curriculum of Eastern University’s Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program focuses on the individual language needs and objectives of each ESL student enrolled in the program. When students enroll in the IESL program at Eastern, they take a Standardized Proficiency Test (SPT) that includes reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar to determine the appropriate language levels for student placements.

Eastern University’s IESL program is structured in three levels: elementary (Level 1), intermediate (Level 2), and advanced (Level 3). Each level focuses on all four major language strands: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar with Level 1 adding a course on vocabulary and Levels 2-3 adding a course on American heritage and culture. A student usually completes one level in two terms with three terms available annually (number of students determine Summer term availability). Students, if accepted to the College of Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the IESL program, may receive 12 undergraduate credits upon successful completion for ENGL 106, ENGL 107, ENGL 201, INST 216B.

Level Number of Weeks Number of Seat Hrs/Week Areas of Focus
Level 1 - Elementary ~15 25 Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Grammar, Vocabulary
Level 2 - Intermediate ~15 25 Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Grammar, American Heritage & Culture
Level 3 - Advanced ~15 25 Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Grammar, American Heritage & Culture

Each Eastern University IESL course is graded on a collection of assignments and exams according to rubrics stated in the course syllabus and throughout the term. To pass from Level 1 to Level 2, students must earn an average of at least 75% in each core language strand, must have satisfactory attendance, and must pass the Standardized Proficiency Test (SPT) with a ban of 5.0. To pass from Level 2 to Level 3, students must earn an average of at least 80% in each core language strand, must have satisfactory attendance, and must pass the SPT with a ban of 5.5. To successfully complete Level 3, undergraduate students must earn an average of at least 85% in each core language strand, must have satisfactory attendance, and must pass the SPT with a ban of 6.0. Graduate students must earn an average of at least 90% in each core language strand, must have satisfactory attendance, and must pass the SPT with a ban of 6.0. Failure to earn the minimum required scores in any level will result in a repetition of that level.

Full-time students who pass each level are qualified to take classes at the next level during the following session. If a student must miss a semester, he or she must retake the SPT to determine which level to return to. Students who successfully complete Level 3, and hence the IESL program, receive a certification of program completion, which satisfies the Eastern University proficiency requirements for entering Eastern University undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Students pre-accepted to the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible for 12 undergraduate credits upon successful completion of IESL.