Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
Jeffrey Vanderwerf, Director
IELP Program Overview
The Manhattan College Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers courses for English language learners during the course of four sessions. Fall and spring courses are 14 weeks in length, while the summer session is nine weeks in length. Fall and spring courses are 22 classroom hours per week, while summer courses are 30 classroom hours per week. Online courses are 20 synchronous hours per week. All IELP instructors have Master's degrees in TESOL or a closely related area. The teaching domains are reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar (structure), and vocabulary with an emphasis on skills necessary for undergraduate and graduate level academic success in the United States. There are six English language levels in the IELP, which are outlined below.
- To prepare non-English speaking students for admission into Manhattan College and other U.S. institutions through rigorous, holistic English language training.
- To build students' English language learning strategies and study skills critical for their future success in English-language environments.
- To prepare students for success in their academic and professional careers in the U.S.
- To increase diversity in the Manhattan College student population by enabling non-English speakers to meet the institution's English language admission requirements.
- To expose students to authentic intercultural experiences.
The mission of the Intensive English Language Program at Manhattan College is to provide international students with high-quality English language instruction and cultural skills necessary to meet their academic and professional goals. To achieve this mission, the IELP collaborates with partners across the college to offer programs and services that foster learning, provide qualified faculty and curriculum, and promote intercultural communication.
- IEP 001 Beginner Level Intensive English Program
- IEP 002 Upper Beginner Level Intensive English Program
- IEP 003 Intermediate Level Intensive English Program
- IEP 004 Upper Intermediate Level Intensive English Program
- IEP 005 Advanced Level Intensive English Program
- IEP 005 Advanced Level Intensive English Program Online: IEP 005 as an online course
- IEP 006 Upper Advanced Level Intensive English Program
- IEP 006: Upper Advanced Level Intensive English Program Online: IEP 006 as an online course
* These are non-credit courses and do not count towards a degree or certification.
The IELP application process can be done online. Applicants must have high school transcripts (translated into English) and a copy of applicant passport in order to complete the online application. The IELP application and admissions requirements can be found at the following link:
The IELP offers advising for students prior to the start of the program, during the program, and post-IELP. IELP administration serves as the advising office for students, and advisement includes academic and visa advisement.
IEP 001. Beginner Level Intensive English Program. 0 Credits.
This level develops academic skills necessary for speaking, listening, and reading for beginner level students interested in formal study at Manhattan College. The objectives of the course of study include academic vocabulary development, improvement of listening skills in academic settings, note-taking skills, grammar, and reading comprehension. The skills of listening, writing, speaking, and reading are monitored by specific learning outcomes consistent with beginner student needs. For communication fluency, students will be exposed to accent reduction exercises. Successful completion of this one semester course satisfies requirements for entry to IEP 2, Upper Beginner Level.
IEP 002. Upper Beginner Level Intensive English Program. 0 Credits.
This level further develops basic paragraph structure such as topic sentences and writing supporting information and conclusions. Basic verb tenses such as present, past and future are further investigated. Students also learn the fundamentals of the writing process, reading skills and vocabulary development, as well as discussing brief texts. Speaking and Listening skills such as oral communication and effective listening are emphasized. Students learn how to comprehend and interact in basic spoken settings while responding accurately. Speaking activities are designed for common social setting, and well as for effective pronunciation and fluency.
IEP 003. Intermediate Level Intensive English Program. 0 Credits.
This level further develops listening, speaking and reading skills from IEP 2, upper beginner level, while adding an academic writing and research skills component for students pursuing undergraduate programs at the college level. The learning objectives build on the skills needed for academic writing, listening, speaking, and reading. Another core component of this level is the skills needed for academic vocabulary development, improvement in writing, comprehension of university textbook materials, and development of academic essay and research paper writing skills. Students will be expected to read and present material both verbally and through essay writing. Successful completion of IEP 3, Intermediate Level course satisfies requirements for entry to IEP 4, Upper Intermediate Level.
IEP 004. Upper Intermediate Level Intensive English Program. 0 Credits.
In this high intermediate level the students write multi-paragraph essays on academic topics while further learning the writing process (outlining, drafting and editing). Advanced verb tenses are used and students show marked improvement in writing and vocabulary usage. Students demonstrate active reading strategies such as inferring, scanning for key words and identifying information in context. Academic textbooks are introduced for reading comprehension. Students learn to confidently give presentations on academic topics, participate in group discussions and debates, and improve their language fluency and intonation. Successful completion of IEP 4, Upper Intermediate Level course satisfies requirements for entry to IEP 5, Advanced Level.
IEP 005. Advanced Level Intensive English Program. 0 Credits.
This level develops academic listening and speaking skills, and reading/writing scenarios for advanced level students who are preparing for formal undergraduate matriculation at the college. Learner outcomes for Listening/Speaking include academic listening skill improvement, development of effective note-taking skills, and improved discussion and presentation skills. Learner outcomes for the Reading/Writing component include further reading comprehension, writing proficiency, academic specific vocabulary, and research skills. Activities for this level include formal classroom presentations, reading/listening specific to academic content, and research reports. Successful completion of this course satisfies requirements for formal undergraduate matriculation to Manhattan College.
IEP 006. Upper Advanced Level Intensive English Program. 0 Credits.
This level further develops reading, writing, listening and speaking for upper advanced students planning to study at the graduate level at the college. Learner outcomes for this level include reading relevant portions of graduate academic sources (books, journal articles, or material of similar quality) in their field of study, understanding graduate lectures for listening comprehension, and improved oral presentation skills. Students will demonstrate many different ways of introducing a source, and use MLA and APA formatting correctly, including APA abstract. Activities for this level include writing 12-15 page essays, reading specific topics in the graduates’ field of study, listening and understanding lectures, and making academic presentations. Successful completion of this course satisfies requirements for formal matriculation to the graduate school of Manhattan College.