Each term, courses are offered in Writing/Grammar, Reading/Vocabulary, Oral Communication and Listening/Note-taking.
A Special Topics course is also required for all full-time students, every term. The goal of the Special Topics course is to provide students with additional opportunities to practice the new language they are learning in the core courses – building their fluency and confidence. In addition, Special Topics courses address important cultural adjustment strategies that will help students succeed. Topics offered are different each term, and may include Writing Fluency, Speaking Fluency, Academic Success Strategies, English in Films, American Culture, English for Business, English for Engineers, etc.
Testing and Placement
All new IEP students take a placement test upon their arrival to campus. The test examines the students' abilities in writing, listening, reading and grammar. Results of the test determine the student's placement in the appropriate level.
Level one: Beginning level for students with no or very little knowledge of English. It is not unusual for advancement from Level 1 to Level 2 to require more than one term.
Level two: Students have some basic knowledge of English. The student understands English and can be understood, but with difficulty.
Level three: Intermediate level for the student who can understand and read with some ease, but makes frequent mistakes in writing and speaking. Student has knowledge of some grammatical structures.
Level four: High intermediate level for the student who can read and understand with ease but makes occasional mistakes in writing and spelling. Student has control over many grammatical structures.
Level five: Advanced level for the student who has control over grammatical structures and makes few writing and spelling mistakes, but lacks full fluency.
Classes are held between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. Students are registered for classes by the IEP administration. Each full-time schedule will include 21 hours per week of faculty-led classroom instruction as outlined here:
Levels 1 and 2
Oral Communication—6 hours
Special Topics—3 hours
Levels 3, 4 and 5
Oral Communication—4 hours
Special Topics—3 hours
For more details on the IEP schedule, including a sample weekly schedule grid, please see the IEP Student Handbook.
Our teachers in the Intensive English Program are highly qualified professional instructors. Our instructors have the following qualifications:
- A Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or a related field
- Ability to speak at least one foreign language
- Experience working, studying and/or living abroad
- Membership in international and regional TESOL and other professional organizations
- Knowledge in computer-assisted instruction
Transportation to Class
Full-time IEP students (on F1 visas) should make a commitment to attend class regularly and on time. Therefore, it is important for students to think about how they will travel to the UD campus every day.
Please note that students who live off-campus are responsible for finding transportation to and from campus as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. Many IEP students find housing close enough to campus that they can walk. Otherwise, students sometimes arrange to carpool with other students, or use Dayton’s RTA bus system. In addition, students with young children are responsible for arranging any necessary daycare.
The University of Dayton also offers many types of on-campus housing to meet students' personal, cultural and religious needs. If you will be a first- or second-year undergraduate or conditionally admitted student under the age of 21, you are required to live on campus. All other students are encouraged to live on campus, when housing is available. For IEP students, living on campus can be a great idea, for two reasons: you can easily arrive to classes on time, and life on campus provides you with many opportunities to practice communicating in English every day!