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Course descriptions

The Intensive English Language Program offers eight (8) levels of English courses. Learn more about each course below and see where you might fit in our program!


CEEI 110: Beginners One

This course is for students with no knowledge or very limited knowledge of English. The course is designed to help students acquire the basics of English in order to function in everyday social situations outside of the classroom. The primary goal is to help students gain confidence quickly. Class work includes a variety of listening and speaking tasks, pronunciation, reading, basic grammar and writing.


CEEI 210: Beginners Two

This course is designed for students who have very basic knowledge of the English language and are just starting to communicate. The main objective of this course is to help students master essential language and skills to enable them to function more effectively in everyday social situations outside of the classroom. The pacing of the lessons will help the students acquire the ability to deal with natural speech. Class work includes a variety of listening and speaking tasks, pronunciation, reading, basic grammar and writing.


CEEI 310: Elementary One

This course is designed for students who have a basic knowledge of the English language and some ability to communicate. In this course, students continue to develop their ability to function in basic social situations. A variety of listening and speaking tasks helps them build confidence in their ability to communicate. Readings and simplified books on topics of general interest serve to enrich vocabulary and stimulate discussion. Other communicative activities focus on writing, grammar and pronunciation.


CEEI 410: Elementary Two

This course is designed for students who have an elementary knowledge of the English language and are able to communicate in basic social situations. At this level, students continue to develop their ability to communicate in everyday situations and can begin to express themselves on topics of general interest. A variety of listening and speaking tasks helps them develop their ability to obtain information, express a personal opinion, report facts, etc. Readings and simplified books on topics of general interest serve to enrich vocabulary and stimulate discussion. Writing, grammar, and pronunciation activities are also integrated into the program.


CEEI 510: Intermediate One

This course is designed for students who are able to understand authentic English texts and can communicate in a variety of situations. Students at this level further develop their speaking skills through group discussions on topics of general interest and activities which require them to explain factual information related to readings and listenings. Short newspaper and magazine articles are introduced. At this level, students work with 10-20 minute video programs which often become the input needed for a writing task. Contextual grammar activities are integrated throughout the course.


CEEI 610: Intermediate Two

This course is designed for students who have a good grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and are ready to deal with challenging material. Students engage in activities of an academic nature such as note taking, summarizing, and essay writing. Challenging readings from newspapers and magazines are introduced throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on developing reading speed and comprehension. Discussion activities further develop skill and confidence in expressing thoughts on topics of general interest as well as on more complex topics related to readings and listenings. Listening activities include work with video documentaries and news clips. At this level, grammar problems are dealt with as they present themselves in speaking and writing.


CEEI 710: Advanced One

This course is designed for students with a strong foundation in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and who are quite comfortable with challenging topics and material. At this level, students focus on refining skills required to function in a university or professional setting. They take notes, discuss, answer questions, and write summaries based on lectures and video documentaries. They also participate in various types of oral presentations and debates; present reports based on articles from magazines and lead discussion groups. Composition skills are also stressed.


CEEI 810: Advanced Two

This course is designed for students who are quite proficient in English, are seeking entrance to university or require a high level of competence for professional purposes. Students who complete this advanced level should have the necessary English language competency to enter university and function effectively in a professional setting. Students explore a range of academic and non-academic reading materials including popular magazines, newspapers, literary texts, and excerpts from textbooks. Challenging 30-60 minute videos, lectures, and radio programs are introduced. Individual and group research projects focus on the integration of skills: note-taking, synthesis of information from several sources, and presentation techniques. Writing tasks include summaries, short term papers, and essay-type exam questions.

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