For the first time, Illinois Institute of Technology will offer an Intensive English Program (IEP). This a great achievement that took the collaboration of many departments to accomplish. Offering an IEP will create another pathway for qualified undergraduates and graduates who need to address English language challenges before they are admitted to degree programs. Students in the IEP will study English 18 hours per week for 12 weeks. The curriculum consists of Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing, Grammar, and a content-based elective. The anticipated start date is fall 2016.
The IEP, as well as all programs and courses offered by English Language Services (ELS), is accredited under the university through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and licensed to operate under the Illinois Board of Higher Education. English Language Services, housed within the Office of Professional Development under the School of Applied Technology, has successfully offered English language courses since 2010. ELS currently offers an English Language Program (commonly referred to as PESL) for International Certificate students in addition to graduate and undergraduate students at large, Professional Communication Advancement (PCA) for international students of Stuart School of Business, and English for Design for international students at the Institute of Design.