Intensive English Program

Program Information

The English Program is designed for students who want to increase their English proficiency quickly and effectively for academic, professional or social purposes.  Forum’s integrated communicative approach focuses on dialogues, role-plays, simulations and other interactive techniques that bridge the gap between knowing and using language structures in appropriate contexts.  The program works on improving reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills.  

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for international students seeking to improve their English for academic, professional and personal purposes. The IEP provides extensive practice of academic skills to continue on to an American college or university and in-depth study of core language skills to function successfully in a variety of formal to casual settings.

Levels

The Intensive Program consists of 7 levels: Basic 1, Basic 2, Intermediate 3, Intermediate 4, Advanced 5, Test Preparation 6 (either TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic preparation depending on the demand) and College Preparation 7.  There is also an Advanced Level 6 that is available to students who do not need to take the IELTS or the TOEFL exams. 

 Students are placed into the appropriate level according to the results of the placement test.  Each level provides 288 hours of instruction and takes 16 weeks to complete with 18 hours of study per week.  Classes are held for four hours Monday through Thursday and an additional two hours on Fridays.   

 The Intensive program is a non-credit program offered all year-round.  Please call or e-mail to check the availability of levels and class times; the levels and class times offered will depend on the enrollment for each session.

To see the proficiency scale for all levels in this program please see the Student Handbook located under the the 'About Us' tab.

Basic Level 1

The goals of Basic Level 1 are to build learners’ basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as provide them with basic cultural orientation that equips them with survival skills for the most essential contexts of every day life.  Upon completion of this level, students will be able to understand and participate in casual conversations in practical scenarios such as ordering food, running everyday errands, going to the doctor, interviewing for a job and more.  Students will acquire basic reading and writing skills in order to read and retell stories and write short passages.  Students will also learn how to express and ask about personal information, past events, upcoming plans and directions.  Additionally, students will have a thorough understanding of basic language patterns and grammar structures.  Practice will include simulating daily interaction experiences, delivering presentations on simple topics and understanding main ideas of short stories, dialogues and comprehensive videos. 

Basic Level 2

The goals of Basic Levels 2 are to expand learners’ abilities in the critical skill areas (reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary) and begin to bridge the gap between knowing and using language skills in appropriate contexts.  Upon completion of this level, students will have a better understanding of basic language patterns and grammar structures as well as use various basic grammar forms.  Students will also be able to write one to two paragraphs on assigned topics, understand longer listening and reading passages, expand their vocabulary as well as develop their conversational skills on more complex topics.  Practice will include listening to dialogues and short videos, reading passages and stories on a variety of topics and delivering presentations on assigned topics.

Intermediate Level 3

The goals of Intermediate Level 3 are to fully bridge the gap between knowing and using language skills in appropriate contexts as well as develop presentation and writing skills gradually beginning to transition students from casual to academic content.  Upon completion of this level, students will be able to read and discuss higher-level contemporary and academic topics and will have more developed communicative and interactive skills to express their thoughts and understand English speakers.  This course focuses on enabling students to use grammar structures more accurately, meaningfully and appropriately.  Students will also learn idiomatic language and learn how to deliver engaging presentations as well as organize and compose formal essays.  Practice will include participating in various structure-based listening and speaking activities, reading comprehensive stories while identifying new vocabulary through context as well as writing formal essays on assigned topics with the vocabulary acquired from listening and reading passages. 

Intermediate Level 4

The goals of Intermediate Level 4 are to enable learners to understand and differentiate between all verb and non-verbal forms, strengthen writing skills and be prepared to converse more comfortably with English speakers in causal and formal settings.  Upon completion of this level, students will be able to participate in a variety of complex debates and discussions as well as understand a variety of casual to academic written, audio and video materials.  Students will also develop the necessary skills and vocabulary to deliver creative presentations and draft formal and creative writing compositions.  Practice will include participating in debates and problem-solving discussions on a variety of topics, writing different types of essays, listening to authentic materials and reading a variety of texts to identify main ideas and supporting details.

Advanced Level 5

The goals of Advanced Level 5 are to equip students with the ability to understand and identify the main ideas on highly complex topics expressed in a variety of multimedia materials and comfortably express their opinions, both in writing and speaking.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to debate on complex and contemporary issues, conduct research and outline their ideas before writing well-structured independent essays.  Students will also be able to discuss contemporary issues and understand relevant contents based on written, audio and video materials identifying main ideas and supporting stated and unstated details.  Students will have become more familiar with idiomatic language and will be able to deliver and critique academic presentations working in groups or individually.  Practice will include developing skills to outline ideas and organize essays, conducting research for presentations and acquiring extensive vocabulary through listening and reading comprehension exercises. 

Test Preparation Level 6

This level is offered to students who need to prepare for either TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic English proficiency exams, depending on the demand.  The goals of this level are to help students sharpen their language skills and learn about the standardized test of their choice.  In addition to reviewing and refining language skills, this level will also familiarizes students with the test structures and equips them with valuable test-taking strategies and practice.  Based on extensive practice, students will learn how to maximize their score in the four key learning sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing.  Grammar instruction is contextualized and will be based on specific areas of students’ weaknesses in speaking and writing.  This level provides comprehensive up-to-date information, preparation activities and test preparation strategies and materials including a diagnostic pre-test to measure specific areas of weakness.  This level also provides dynamic skills practice for each section as well as multiple practice tests and scoring explanations. 

Advanced Level 6 (taken in place of Test Preparation Level 6)

The goals of Advanced Level 6 are to assist students with the ability to identify and utilize high-level vocabulary related to their academic or professional field and express their opinions in formal business and academic settings both in writing and speaking. This course can be taken as a substitute to Test Preparation Level 6 for those who do no need to take the IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT exams. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to accurately use complex language structures and vocabulary in various communication settings. Students will also learn how to write formal and personal essays as well as business letters and memos. Practice will include listening to longer academic lectures and talks on contemporary issues, actively participating in discussions on complex topics and engaging in vocabulary-building activities using context clues and synonyms.

College Preparation Level 7

The goals of College Preparation Level 7 are to develop both fluency and accuracy in language use in order to prepare students for an American college or university and/or a professional workplace. In this level students will develop analytical reading, writing and speaking skills by actively listening to academic lectures and longer passages, taking useful notes, participating in discussions, analyzing academic texts and preparing more extensive individual or group presentations. Upon successful completion of this level, students will be able to understand all levels of spoken English, read at a quick pace, compose multiple types of formal essays and comfortably speak and present in academic and professional settings. Practice will include participating in conferences and debates, writing a reserach paper and other types of essays, delivering extensive academic presentations and sythesizing the information retrieved from multiple reading and listening passages.