Intensive English Program

Level Proficiency Scales:

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The goal of our program is to prepare students for college and career development. ICILS is proud to offer an ESL program which is practical end extensive. It provides students with the right tools they need to succeed in college and to advance in their careers.

 

With each level, the students will move closer toward their ESL goals. Our program will help them build academic literacy and critical thinking skills, while also developing the English language skills they need for their everyday lives. The following interpretation of the proficiency scales shows the skills that will be acquired after successful completion of each level.

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Beginner II:

Listening and Speaking:

Speak clearly using simple vocabulary words and phrases

Engage in a basic oral conversation and express simple opinions

Understand and respond to simple questions, requests, instructions, and short  conversations

Follow simplified instructions given at a normal rate of speed

Identify the main idea and details of a short listening passage

Differentiate between formal and informal English

Understand meaning through tone of voice

Begin to self-correct when speaking

Express basic needs and wants clearly

Describe people, places, things and events

Speak using simple and compound sentences, basic grammar structures, English word order, and simple word forms

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Reading:

Read and understand simplified articles or short stories

Answer comprehension questions

Identify topic and main idea of a passage and identify supporting details

Preview and predict content

Scan a passage for specific information

Reproduce text in a graphic organizer, timeline, or outline

Recognize word forms: noun, verb, adjective, and adverb

Identify synonyms and antonyms

Use context clues to guess meanings of words

Follow simple written directions

 

Writing:

Write simple and compound sentences

Write a paragraph with a simple topic sentence and support

Write a simple essay with an introduction and support

Proofread for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization

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Intermediate I:

Listening and Speaking:

Participate in and demonstrate understanding of routine questions and answers, statements, and face-to-face conversations

Understand and follow simple directions

Ask speaker to repeat for clarification

Develop vocabulary related to listening and speaking tasks

Demonstrate understanding of contracted words such as “gonna” and “shoulda”

Express functions of the English language such as making requests and giving advice

Express functions of the English language such as agreeing and disagreeing and expressing ability and possibility

Use modal verbs such as can, could, may, might, maybe, should, ought to, have to, and must

Speak using simple, compound and some complex sentences

Give a short speech on an assigned topic, using standard English that can be understood by others

Use monolingual English dictionary to identify pronunciations

Identify main ideas and details from a listening  passage

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Reading:

Read and demonstrate an understanding of both stated and unstated information in a variety of reading material

Predict meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary using contextual clues

Use monolingual English dictionary to identify meanings and grammatical forms of words

Identify topic and main idea of a reading passage

 

Writing:

Write well-developed and organized paragraphs with details to support main idea using facts, opinions, or examples

Use simple present and present progressive verb tenses

Used past progressive, present perfect, and present perfect progressive verb tenses

Use basic infinitives and gerunds

Identify and write compound and simple complex sentences

Use pre-writing techniques to generate ideas

Write well developed and organized paragraphs with adequate support

Revise writing for content and organization and edit mistakes in paragraph formation

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Intermediate II:

Listening and Speaking:

Identify main ideas when hearing lectures, speeches, or radio/television programs

Support answers with details when questioned about common daily events, lectures, or speeches

Listen for specific information and respond appropriately when required

Take effective notes while listening to an academic presentation and orally summarize from notes

Interpret nonverbal communication and the speakers tone and pitch

Follow instructions given at a normal rate of speed

Differentiate between formal and informal English

Produce contractions, third person singular, and past tense endings

Ask relevant questions and give appropriate answers

Initiate and sustain a conversation on a given topic

Contribute to group discussions and give an individual or group presentation

Demonstrate familiarity with spoken academic vocabulary

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Reading:

Read and understand simplified academic material

Read and understand selected articles in current periodical publications

Answer comprehension questions

Recognize the author’s purpose and point of view

Make inferences and draw conclusions

Express and support own opinion

Distinguish facts from opinions

Use context clues to guess meanings of words

Use vocabulary words appropriately in written form

Identify cause and effect and how they are connected from a reading selection

 

Writing:

Write simple, compound, and complex sentences

Use summarizing and paraphrasing

Write a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion

Write a unified and coherent essay of 3-5 paragraphs with an introduction, body, and conclusion

Proofread for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization

 

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Advanced I:

Listening and Speaking:

Understand routinely detailed, complex information that is orally (and visually) presented in lectures, audio/video programs, and other media.

Think critically about information received orally and visually, then integrate and synthesize that information so that it can be used to accomplish a variety of purposes, including successfully completing college/university course assignments, exams, and other academic objectives.

Speak clearly, with good diction and grammar, so that the speech is understood by both native and non-native English speakers.

Collect, organize, and present information in various audio/video formats and genres to accomplish a variety of professional, business, and academic communication purposes.

Research, organize, and produce basic audio/video programs and presentations for the business and academic environments.

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Reading:

Read many types of formal and informal texts (excluding those related to specialty fields) with reasonably good comprehension, speed, and accuracy.

Review academic, business, and technical documents (using basic skimming and scanning techniques) to gain understanding of main ideas and points and to gather key facts and information.

Think critically about information received in written and graphical form, then integrate and synthesize that information so that it can be used to accomplish a variety of purposes, including successfully completing college/university course assignments, exams, and other academic objectives.

 

Writing:

Write clearly, with good composition and grammar, so that it is understood by native English readers.

Research, organize, and produce basic documents, such as essays, letters, articles, and reports to accomplish a variety of professional, business, and academic communication purposes.

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