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INTENSIVE ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONALS OF OTHER COUNTRIES (ESOL) COURSES

Full Program
30 weeks – 42 Semester Credits

INTENSIVE ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONALS OF OTHER COUNTRIES (ESOL) COURSES

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This program is not part of the institutional accreditation. This program is NOT accredited.

Miami Regional University provides Intensive English for Professionals of Other Countries (IEPOC) courses to individuals with pre-existing or seeking to acquire vocational and/or occupational knowledge, training, and skills. MRU offers six (6) levels of instruction to develop and enhance adequate English language proficiency that includes reading comprehension, oral communication, and writing skills. IEPOC instructors share the accountability that English language learners attain cultural and linguistic parity with native English-speakers and uphold high expectations for academic achievement. MRU’s IEPOC courses embrace academic and social needs that enable non-native English speakers to become independent learners, acquire specialized educational training, and be productive members of the society by building up work-related skills and procuring employment.

IEPOC Course of Study Goals
Through English language instruction, MRU provides students the foundation towards fulfilling personal, academic, social, and economic accomplishments in an English-speaking society. The goals of the IEPOC course of study are to:

  1. Develop English language proficiency to achieve academic standards;
  2. Reach English language proficiency to extend information literacy, reasoning, and critical thinking competences;
  3. Cultivate English language proficiency to communicate effectively in social and academic settings;
  4. Develop English language skills for University readiness;
  5. Increase passing scores for the verbal University entrance examination.

Screening and Admissions Process
MRU screens and identifies all limited English proficiency students who lack the essential English language skills to perform in one or more skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and/or writing. MRU identifies IEPOC students through the preliminary screening process at the time of registration.

Assessment/Evaluation
MRU instituted and implements uniform procedures for the assessment of English proficiency in the areas of oral communication, reading, and writing in order to place students in appropriate instructional programs. Within the assessment completion, the score determines the student’s proficiency level and placement.

Student Progress Monitoring
The IEPOC instructors periodically evaluate students’ language proficiency and present findings based on assessment results, instructor recommendations, and student work samples.

Program Evaluation
The annual program review is directed by MRU’s IEPOC Review Team that conducts an annual self- study to evaluate the overall effectiveness and make recommendations for improvement. The IEPOC Review Team performs regular reviews to determine if the course of study fulfills the established goals, objectives, and student learning outcomes. The review includes student enrollment, assessment, instructional services, and monitoring student progress. The review of course, practices, and procedures includes consistent planning and establishment of techniques to validate success of the academic and language support services. The course review focusses on individual students’ progress and the overall course effectiveness. When a course review shows that students do not prove success after a reasonable period of time in the program, MRU take steps to initiate an intervention/modification plan.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing IEPOC courses will develop English skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to achieve personal, vocational, and academic goals. Upon successful completion of the IEPOC courses, students will:

  • Speaking: Learners can organize thoughts and converse clearly on a variety of topics using appropriate grammar, word choice, register, fluency and intelligible pronunciation.
  • Listening: Learners can comprehend conversations and other forms of oral presentations on a variety of subjects using different strategies such as predicting, guessing, inferring, and using contextual clues.
  • Reading: Learners can read, comprehend, and analyze texts relevant to their field and interest using effective reading and comprehension strategies and content schemata.
  • Writing: Learners can produce well-developed essays using appropriate coherence, cohesion, mechanics, punctuation, and grammar structures.

Placement
English language proficiency may be demonstrated by meeting one of the following minimum scores on a standardized, third-party assessment:

ACCEPTED ASSESSMENTS

  • TOEFL, Paper-based
  • TOEFL, Computer-based
  • TOEFL, internet-Based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS, International English Language Testing System
  • Catalyst Assessment
MINIMUM SCORE REQUIRED

  • 500 or higher
  • 173 or higher
  • 61 or higher
  • 6 or higher
  • 345 or higher

Applicants who do not demonstrate minimum English proficiency requirements must successfully complete IEPOC courses. Upon successful completion of IEPOC level 6, the student must meet admission requirements for the College and the selected program.

Miami Regional University uses Catalyst Assessment to identify initial placement in IEPOC courses and as a final exam for IEPOC Level 6.

Catalyst Assessment IEPOC Level
0 to 81 Level 1
82 to 122 Level 2
123 to 173 Level 3
174 to 203 Level 4
204 to 243 Level 5
244 to 344 Level 6

Delivery Mode
This program is offered face-to-face (onsite)

Student Learning Outcomes by Course

Student Learning Outcomes Level-1
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Exchange basic information and ask simple questions related to survival needs and simple social interchanges with limited control of basic grammar and vocabulary
  • Listen actively to comprehend simple conversations with support of repetitions and slow pace of speech and use appropriate listening strategies
  • Use reading strategies that include previewing, predicting reading material in familiar contexts, and with visuals when the vocabulary is controlled
  • Produce complete sentences with basic grammar structures and using correct punctuation

Student Learning Outcomes Level-2
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Give a short informal presentation on a biographical topic using present and past tenses
  • Engage in most common social interactions to meet basic conversational needs
  • Listen actively and comprehend simple conversations of an everyday social nature with a minimum need for repetition, improved pacing, and making use of appropriate listening strategies
  • Comprehend simplified reading material using strategies such as previewing, predicting, and inferring new words from familiar contexts
  • Write a seven to nine sentence paragraph on familiar topics using simple and compound sentences, as well as adequate grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Student Learning Outcomes ESOL-3
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Write a ten to twelve sentence paragraph using familiar contexts, adequate grammar, compound and complex sentences, adequate spelling, and punctuation
  • Engage in social conversations to address others by using a variety of strategies to maintain a dialogue
  • Listen for different purposes by distinguishing details from main ideas and be able to make inferences
  • Read, comprehend and analyze short general texts using reading strategies and context clues to facilitate understanding

Student Learning Outcomes Level-4
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Exchange information on most common interactions and more abstract topics relevant to their needs or jobs while exhibiting command of a wider array of grammatical structures and vocabulary
  • Listen actively to comprehend conversations of a more complex nature without the support of repetition and at a moderate pace of speech
  • Use reading strategies that include previewing, predicting reading material in familiar contexts, and with visuals when the vocabulary is controlled
  • Write a 3-paragraph essay on general topics of interest with an introduction, body, and conclusion, using a variety of sentence types, connectors, and transitions

Student Learning Outcomes Level-5
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Converse on a variety of topics ranging from common social interactions to more abstract discussions on non-academic matters using appropriate grammar, word choice, register, fluency, and intelligible pronunciation, with any occasional mistakes not hindering overall comprehension of what is being said
  • Comprehend conversations and other types of aural input on a variety of subjects using strategies such as predicting, making inferences, guessing the meaning of new words, and using contextual clues
  • Read, comprehend, analyze, and evaluate texts of general interest using strategies such as skimming and scanning, inferring meaning through context, distinguishing main points from supporting details, recognizing discourse markers, and using their previous knowledge of the world
  • Produce, under the instructor’s guidance, 5-paragraph personal essays with adequate coherence, cohesion, mechanics, punctuation, and using a variety of sentence types and grammar, using process writing

Student Learning Outcomes: ESOL Level 6
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Converse in a variety of topics, from social situations to complex matters, using a wide range of grammatical structures to express ideas fluently, accurately, appropriately and with cultural awareness to effectively communicate in everyday and work settings
  • Elaborate, with limited assistance, a 5-paragraph essay with attention to content, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, verb forms, word order, and connecting words and the conventions of the genre
  • Comprehend conversations and other forms of oral presentations on a wide variety of topics, using different strategies such as predicting, guessing, and inferring the meaning of new words and using contextual clues
  • Read, comprehend, analyze, and evaluate texts relevant to their field and interest using effective reading and comprehension strategies, and content schemata
Level Tuition
IEPOC 1 $2,709.00
IEPOC 2
IEPOC 3
IEPOC 4 $2,709.00
IEPOC 5
IEPOC 6

 

Fees Applied First Term
ID $35.00
USB $7.00
USB $7.00
Technical Media Fee $50.00
BRST-English Evaluation $20.00
Learning Resources $250.00

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