Intensive English Program

THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers high-quality classes in English for international students. It prepares students to enter American colleges and universities and helps them to improve their English skills for other purposes such as business, TOEFL preparation, further study in their own countries, and general communication.

THE FACULTY

Program faculty

The IEP instructors are highly qualified professionals whose training and experience have well prepared them for their current positions. All instructors hold Master of Arts degrees (or equivalents). The staff includes a faculty member who works with students on immigration requirements, visas, school problems, housing, and personal needs. The faculty member refers students to academic counselors when necessary.

THE CURRICULUM

Coursework integrates content and skills while preparing students for the demands of college and university work. Within the skill areas of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening, students study current events, literature and American culture and history. In addition, students are prepared for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and for further study. They learn how to use a college library, take lecture notes, write essays, keep journals and reading logs, and give speeches.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Students participate in field trips each semester. These trips are related to the coursework but are also excellent opportunities for students to learn more about special features of the San Francisco Bay Area. Other events in which the students participate include a Holiday party, Thanksgiving dinner, games day,Valentine's Party, Halloween celebration, and class play.

THE STUDENTS

IEP students come from many different countries. Many are foreign students, but some are California residents who want the benefits of this small, high-quality academic program. While on campus, students are required to speak English.

CERTIFICATES

Certificates of attendance and completion are awarded to qualifying students at the end of the program. At midterm and at semester's end, students are given written evaluation reports. Instructors also write letters of recommendation for individual students upon request.

FURTHER STUDY

Students who successfully complete the IEP and attain a TOEFL score of 500 may apply for credit classes at the College of Marin. An institutional TOEFL is given in the last week of the semester for those interested in applying. The college offers a course of study leading to a two-year degree (A.A. or A.S.) and classes which transfer to a four-year college or university. Students who wish to attend other colleges or universities are given advice and assistance.

HOUSING

All students attending the College of Marin are responsible for arranging their own housing. The IEP provides information on independent agencies that offer homestays with American families.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Students must purchase medical insurance from the college, which covers them in the U.S. Information is in the Fall application for international students. A recent tuberculosis test is required. Free testing will take place in the Student Health Center for those who need it.

 

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