IEP Levels and progression

levels at the IEP

The University of Miami Intensive English Program offers five levels of instruction (level 1,2,3,4,5). Each level will last one session. After successfully completing one level, you will then move up to the next level for the next session.

For example, Mohammed enters the IEP at the start of the Spring full-session in January. He takes the placement test and gets placed in level 4. He will study in level 4 until the end of the semester in April. Then, in May, Mohammed returns to the IEP and takes level 5 courses during the entire full Summer semester (May-August).

If you enter the IEP at the mid-session, you can complete one level in that session. You will move up to the next level at the start of the next session. Only new students may enter at the mid-session. All returning students are required to attend a full session.

For example, Maria enters the IEP at the Fall mid-session in October. She takes the placement test and gets placed in level 3. She will study in level 3 until the end of the semester in December. Then, in January, Maria returns to the IEP and takes level 4 courses during the full Spring semester (January-April).

Your starting level will be determined by the placement test during orientation. The placement test will cover reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It is possible to be placed in two levels at the same time in different topics.

For example, Mohammed places into level 4 reading & writing, but level 5 oral communication. Maria might place into level 3 reading & writing, but level 2 oral communication.

Completing level 5 of the IEP will satisfy the English requirement for the University of Miami undergraduate admissions. Graduate admission English requirements are determined by individual departments.


Level descriptions

Level 1:
Classes focus on fundamental skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Through class activities, students will practice simple conversations, basic listening skills, pronunciation, reading comprehension and strategies, vocabulary, development, and writing complete sentences and paragraphs.

Level 1 Courses:
Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Reading and Vocabulary Workshop

Level 1 Goals:
By the time you complete level 1, you should be able to:

  • Participate in simple conversations
  • Give an informal presentation
  • Narrate a story and describe a picture
  • Write a paragraph
  • Read paragraphs and short texts

Level 2:
Classes focus on interpersonal communication skills in an informal setting. Students develop their reading skills to improve comprehension while building their vocabulary. They write paragraphs incorporating grammatical concepts taught in class.

Level 2 Courses:
Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Reading and Vocabulary Workshop

Level 2 Goals:
By the time you complete level 2, you should be able to:

  • Participate in conversations
  • Give an informal presentation
  • Narrate a story, describe a simple process and offer reasons
  • Write a paragraph a well-developed paragraph
  • Read longer, more complex texts
  • Take notes from a simple lecture
  • Restate simple sentences
  • Use an ESL dictionary

Level 3:
Classes focus on interpersonal communication and academic skills. Students read more complex selections and write simple essays. They also take part in more in-depth conversations.

Level 3 Courses:
Oral Communication, Reading, Written Communication, Reading and Vocabulary Workshop

Level 3 Goals:
By the time you complete level 3, you should be able to:

  • Participate in group discussions
  • Give informal presentations
  • Describe characteristics, compare and contrast two or more items, and discuss advantages and disadvantages
  • Write a simple essay
  • Read longer, more complex texts
  • Read an adapted book in English
  • Take notes from an adapted lecture
  • Summarize a short reading
  • Use an ESL dictionary

Level 4:
Classes focus on improving communication skills in general, as well as preparing students for academic classes. Students read and listen to a variety of authentic materials and participate in more complex listening and speaking activities.

Level 4 Courses:
Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Selected Topics

Level 4 Goals:
By the time you complete level 4, you should be able to:

  • Lead and participate in group discussions
  • Give informal and formal presentations
  • Describe a problem and offer solutions and discuss causes and effects
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay
  • Read and evaluate articles
  • Read a book or various short stories with the class
  • Take notes from a simplified lecture
  • Summarize and paraphrase from a reading
  • Use a college-level dictionary

Level 5:
The academic focus of this course enables students to use their English language skills at a complex and in-depth level, similar to a University setting. The overall goal is to prepare students to handle a regular academic course load.

Level 5 Courses:
Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Selected Topics

Level 5 Goals:
By the time you complete level 5, you should be able to:

  • Lead and participate in group discussions
  • Give a formal, academic presentation
  • Critically react to readings and argue/support an opinion
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay and a research paper
  • Respond to essay test questions
  • Paraphrase, summarize, quote and cite from readings
  • Read academic texts adn articles
  • Read a book or various short stories in English independently
  • Take notes from an academic lecture
  • Use a college-level dictionary

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