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Curriculum

Program Structure

The College of Marin Intensive English Program is designed for students who have had at least one year of academic English or the equivalent. Divided into three levels, IEP students are placed by testing, interviews, and writing samples that occur the first week of the program.

Level 1: High Beginning/Low Intermediate
Level 2: Intermediate
Level 3: Advanced

Classes meet for 20 hours a week, four days a week—either Tuesday through Friday or Monday through Thursday. Classes are small in size, with approximately 15 students in each class, to allow for maximum participation for all students in classroom activities.  The program’s flexible schedule allows students to have classes in different levels, according to their individual ability.

IEP course work prepares students for the demands of college and university work and brings together needed skills and content for student success.  In the skill areas of grammar, reading, writing, speaking/listening/pronunciation, students study current events, literature and American culture and history. IEP students learn how to use a college library, take lecture notes, write essays, keep journals and reading logs, and give short speeches in class. 

IEP students also are prepared for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and for further study. Visit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Web site for more information. Click here to view the comparison of TOEFL and IELTS total scores.

Fun activities, such as field trips to sporting events and cultural/historical locations in the Bay area, add to each IEP student’s English skills development.  Each semester students have field trips related to the course work and help students to learn more about what is special to the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the world’s top tourist destinations.  Other events which IEP students share are holiday parties, traditional American holidays, such as a Thanksgiving dinner, Valentine’s Day Party, Halloween costume celebration, and games and other class play to make learning English fun and enjoyable

Course Outlines

instruction/Sessions/Classes Course outlines (Download PDF)
Writing with Reading Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Grammar for Oral and Written Communication Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Topics in American Culture (and TOEFL Preparation in Level 3) Level 1 Level 2 Level 3

 

Cultural Activities
Fun activities, such as field trips to sporting events and cultural/historical locations in the Bay area, add to each IEP student’s English skills development. Each semester students have field trips related to the course work and help students to learn more about what is special to the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the world’s top tourist destinations.  Other events which IEP students share are birthday parties, traditional American holidays, such as a Thanksgiving dinner, Valentine’s Day Party, Halloween costume celebration, and games and other class play to make learning English fun and enjoyable.

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Intensive English Program web page
Technical Contact: Sara Oser, Coordinator, College of Marin Intensive English Program, 415.883.2211, Extension 8579
Content Responsible: Dr. Jason Lau
, Director, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, 415.485.9316