Academics

Improve your academic English

UW - Eau Claire's IEP classes are for learners who want to improve their academic English to enroll in a degree program either at UW - Eau Claire or other U.S. academic institutions.

Students in the IEP take 4 classes each semester, all at one of the IEP levels (either the 200 or 300 level). If students are conditionally admitted to UW-EC, they will be admitted to UW-EC upon completion of the 300 level of the program. Click here for more information.

IEP Course Descriptions

All of the IEP courses listed below are typically offered every semester. Please look at Blugold CampS semester schedule or email the coordinator for an accurate list for the coming semester. Students will take a placement test to identify where they place, and then typically enroll in 4 classes in one semester at either the 200 or 300 level.

200 Level - Intermediate

This intermediate level multi-skill ESL course is designed to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary while preparing students for academic learning.

This course, which focuses on the processes of reading and writing, will develop the academic writing skills of non-native speakers of English.

Designed for non-native speakers of English. To promote clear pronunciation for effective communication with a focus on comprehensibility to appropriate native-like target pronunciation. This course teaches ESL learners to hear, identify, and clearly articulate the sounds and patterns in spoken English.

In Learning to Learn II, students learn more about the US education system and practice doing group work and project work and setting goals. They learn more about their learning styles and strategies and further campus resources.

300 Level - Advanced

This advanced level multi-skill ESL course is designed to improve listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills while preparing students for further academic work or a career using English.

This advanced-level course which focuses on the processes of reading and writing will prepare non-native speakers of English for success in academic writing in University-level courses.

This course will improve students' ability to hear, identify and clearly articulate the sounds, stress patterns, intonation and rhythm of American English. Listening skills, oral skills, and clear communication with native speakers will be improved.

In Learning to Learn III, students learn more about the US education system and practice doing group work and project work and complete extensive semester-long projects demonstrating goal-setting. They learn more about their learning styles and strategies and further campus resources and prepare to enter the university.

Continual Assessment and Feedback

Throughout the semester, the instructor of each class will design and administer regular content examinations for that class. These will include both oral and written tests, project work, and performance and proficiency assessments. At the conclusion of the semester, each instructor will submit a final grade for each participant.

ESL Program Placement (TOEFL and ACTFL)

Below are our two levels and their equivalencies by exam score. Students will take a placement exam during orientation week at UW-Eau Claire. Students who test lower than our lowest level, may be required to transfer to another program that offers the appropriate level.

Level TOEFL iBT ACTFL
200 Level 48-65 Intermediate mid writing
Intermediate high speaking
300 Level 66-74 Advanced low writing
Advanced mid speaking

 

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