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VIU’s Intensive English Program (IEP) for English language learners prepares students for study in degree programs in American university contexts. Through instruction in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, students learn how to communicate their ideas effectively, interact using academic discourse, and apply their language skills to different situations and audiences for greater understanding and engagement.

The IEP offers instruction at seven levels of proficiency: low beginner, beginner, elementary, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate and advanced. Each level can be completed in one term of full-time study. Each level includes 140 academic hours of classroom instruction per level, per term. Each term is seven weeks long, and full-time students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. The overall length of the program depends on the student’s initial placement and how quickly the student progresses from one level to the next.

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The Intensive English Program (IEP) at VIU provides quality English language instruction for students whose native language is not English. The program focuses on helping students develop sufficient language proficiency and skills for successful study at an American university or college.

Proficiency Level Hours Structure
Foundation Courses
Low Beginner 0200 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Beginner 0300 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Elementary 0400 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Low Intermediate 0500 140 contact hours 2 core classes
University Preparation Courses
Intermediate 0600 140 contact hours 2 core classes
High Intermediate 0700 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Advanced 0800 140 contact hours ESL 0806 and 1 – 2 electives

The program offers instruction across seven levels of proficiency: Low Beginner (0200), Beginner (0300), Elementary (0400), Low Intermediate (0500), Intermediate (0600), High Intermediate (0700) and Advanced (0800). Each level can be completed in one term of full-time study.

Low Beginner (0200)

The IEP Low Beginner (0200) level focus on developing short spoken and written sentences using vocabulary and grammar useful for everyday life.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0230 Low Beginner Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
In this course, students will begin to build their academic listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills, and focus on clear speech through pronunciation practice. Listening tasks include predicting listening content, listening for main ideas, details, opinions, and examples on a variety of high-interest topics. Some of the speaking tasks include expressing opinions and reactions, asking and answering questions, agreeing and disagreeing, and asking for repetition. Pronunciation features are introduced such as sentence intonation and syllable stress.
ESL 0235 Low Beginner Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
In this course, students will begin to build their academic reading, writing, and vocabulary skills with a focus on developing a strong grammatical foundation. Reading skills include previewing a text, reading for main ideas and details, and recognizing different text types. Writing skills include basic sentence structures and an introduction to the writing process including pre-writing, outlining, revising, editing, and rewriting. Some grammatical structures covered are affirmative statements, parts of speech, and selected verb tenses.

Beginner (0300)

The IEP Beginner (0300) level produce simple paragraphs and presentations based on their own lives and experiences.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0330 Beginner Speaking, Listening, & Pronunciation 70
This course will help students develop the necessary academic speaking and listening skills to gain confidence communicating in English in a variety of situations. Students will focus on building skills to listen for main ideas and details, for specific purposes, and for specific information. Speaking skills include forming questions for follow-up, clarification, and repetition. Some speaking tasks involve group and pair discussions, as well as the preparation and delivery of short presentations. Aspects of pronunciation covered in the course include question intonation, word stress, reduction and linking sounds.
ESL 0335 Low Beginner Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
This course focuses on developing basic reading and writing skills. Students will develop reading skills including recognizing main ideas and supporting details, making basic inferences, and using charts for comprehension. Students will also focus on developing writing skills such as: capitalizing proper nouns, writing well-formed complete sentences, using coordinating conjunctions, and using time order words. In addition, students will study present and past simple verb tenses, prepositions of location, and subordinating conjunctions. Furthermore, students will also increase their vocabulary by working with synonyms, antonyms, and different word forms.

Elementary (0400)

IEP Elementary (0400) level support their ideas with evidence and recognize main ideas, details, and purpose in spoken and written work.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0430 Elementary Speaking, Listening, & Pronunciation 70
This course focuses on developing students’ academic speaking and listening skills, including the ability to identify the main ideas and factual information in level-appropriate listening passages, participate in discussions on a variety of topics, give simple presentations, and verbally summarize listening passages. This course includes an overview and practice of pronunciation features such as sentence stress, reduction, and linking sounds.
ESL 0435 Elementary Reading, Writing, & Grammar 70
In this course, students will improve their reading comprehension skills and begin to learn how to write paragraphs. Specifically, students will learn to use a variety of pre-reading strategies to become more effective readers, such as identifying main and supporting ideas of a text, recognizing sequence, and identifying the author’s purpose. Students will be introduced to different types of paragraphs, such as opinion and descriptive, and be expected to produce well-structured paragraphs. In addition, students will study different verb tenses including the present perfect, modals, comparative & superlative adjectives, future time clauses, and adverbs.

Low Intermediate (0500)

The IEP Low Intermediate (0500) level produce presentations and five-paragraph essays by analyzing sources in terms of their own ideas.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0530 Low Intermediate Speaking, Listening, & Pronunciation 70
This course focuses on developing students’ listening comprehension, summarizing, and presentation skills. Students will understand main ideas and specific details of recorded passages on academic and general interest topics; take notes while listening; produce oral summaries of written and listening materials; prepare and deliver structured technology-assisted presentations on topics of general interest. In addition, students will give advice, make suggestions, ask for and give clarification to facilitate group discussions; and develop an ability to support opinions, explain in detail, and hypothesize. Students will also work on pronunciation skills including but not limited to word endings, syllable stress, intonation, and linking sounds.
ESL 0535 Low Intermediate Reading, Writing, & Grammar 70
In this course, students will work with a variety of academic reading materials to develop basic academic reading skills (skimming for main ideas and scanning for key details). Students will also learn to deduce the meaning of new vocabulary from contextual and structural cues. Students will review the principles of basic paragraph structure and focus on mastering the ability to write different types of paragraphs including descriptive, example, and opinion paragraphs. In addition, students will review sentence structure and learn how to avoid fragments and run-on sentences. Students will continue to work on using verb tenses correctly and ensuring subject-verb agreement in their writing.

Intermediate (0600)

The IEP Intermediate (0600) level learn academic structures and conventions and begin incorporating these features into their presentations and writing.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0630 Intermediate Speaking, Listening, & Pronunciation 70
This course helps students expand their fluency, emphasizing the language they need for academic studies and real world communication. This course develops students’ listening comprehension and note-taking skills, including listening for main ideas and details, tuning out distractions, and understanding the speaker’s purpose. This course also provides insights into U.S. life and culture and builds academic vocabulary through topics such as gender issues, the environment, and philanthropy. In addition, students will improve their understanding of American English pronunciation by focusing on intonation, stress patterns, and reduced sound in fast speech.
ESL 0635 Intermediate Reading, Writing, & Grammar 70
This course is designed for students who need to improve their academic reading and writing skills and enlarge their vocabulary. The students expand their vocabulary by understanding the meaning from context as well as word root meanings. The course readings explore controversial issues of contemporary U.S. culture. During this course, students will be introduced to the basic essay structure as well as various types of essays including descriptive and compare/ contrast. By the end of the course, students will be able to write a well-structured 5-paragraph essay. In addition, the course will focus on the correct usage of dependent clauses, subordinating conjunctions, comparatives, phrasal verbs, and complex verb tenses.

High Intermediate (0700)

The IEP High Intermediate (0700) level strengthen their original arguments, both written and spoken, with outside sources and academic structure.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0720 TOEFL & Academic Listening 70
In this intensive course, students will listen to a variety of conversations and lectures in English. Some topics that will be covered in this class are non-academic and informal; they reflect typical situations university students face in the United States. Other topics are academic and come from various fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the arts, and business. Through daily exercises, students will learn and practice useful listening strategies and test-taking skills that are required for TOEFL iBT.
ESL 0722 TOEFL & Academic Reading 70
This course trains students to read and understand lengthy readings on a variety of academic topics. Students will learn about vocabulary, pronoun references, the meanings of sentences, where sentences can be inserted, inferences, rhetorical purpose, and overall organization of ideas.
ESL 0730 Low Beginner Speaking, Listening, & Pronunciation 70
This course focuses on developing academic listening and speaking skills. Students will learn to give short structured presentations and improve their ability to comprehend and analyze academic discourse including expressing surprise, encouragement, and approval; and refuting an argument. This course includes an accent-reduction component to help students speak clearly and with appropriate intonation patterns.
ESL 0735 Low Beginner Reading, Writing, & Grammar 70
In this course, students will review the basic principles of essay organization and focus on mastering multiple types of essays, including argumentative and cause/effect. Students will further develop their academic reading skills in interpretation, inference, and contextual vocabulary cues. Students will analyze, summarize, and critique ideas encountered in reading passages. In addition, this course provides instruction on higher-level grammatical constructions in academic writing, such as verb tense consistency, effective relative clause usage, real and unreal conditionals, and passive voice.

Advanced (0800)

The IEP Advanced (0800) level complete a full academic research paper and choose from elective topics, such as presentation skills, grammar, pronunciation, etc.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL 0800 Public Speaking & Presentation Skills 70
In this course, students will develop their confidence and abilities to be effective presenters. Students
will build their skills by studying speech models; focusing on the physical aspects of presenting such as eye contact, gestures, stance, and voice; employing presentation aids; organizing and outlining speech materials; and preparing, giving, and evaluating their own presentations. Additionally, strategies for creating and selecting effective visual aids will be discussed and applied. Students who take this course will be able to deliver solid presentations in academic and professional settings.
ESL 0802 Accent Reduction 70
This course is designed to help prepare students to comfortably converse with clear pronunciation in a variety of situations. The course will focus student attention on intonation and syllable stress, which is one of the most important facets of accent reduction. Students will feel more confident about conversing with Americans in their daily lives. Also, students who are preparing to enter academic programs will gain useful pronunciation experience that will enable them to better understand (and be understood by) native speaking professors and classmates.
ESL 0806 Academic Writing & Research Skills 70
The main focus of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge required to write an academic research paper including quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, accessing and evaluating research sources, avoiding plagiarism, citing sources and essay formatting according to APA style. In addition, the course familiarizes international students with the general expectations of the American higher education system and assists them in building strong academic skills.
ESL 0810 Grammar Workshop & Editing 70
The course is designed for students who have taken grammar courses and have a general understanding of grammar rules, but have trouble demonstrating it consistently, particularly through their writing. Each week, the class will target specific grammar errors that are commonly observed among English learners, such as incorrect use of verb tenses and sentence fragments and run-ons. After reviewing the rules, students will be asked to check their comprehension through targeted use of the forms and peer- and self-editing. Through this process, students will be able to apply their grammar knowledge to their writing and strengthen their self-editing skills.
ESL 0817 Critical Thinking through News around the World 70
Students in this elective course will develop and sharpen their critical thinking skills by reading, discussing, and writing about a variety of newspaper articles from five continents. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of different influences current events can have in the world.
ESL 0821 TOEFL Speaking 70
In this intensive course, students will learn the six different tasks of the TOEFL iBT Speaking section: two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. Students will be introduced to a variety of speaking strategies and given numerous opportunities to practice responding to different topics in a given period of time with comprehensible pronunciation.
ESL 0823 TOEFL Writing 70
This course will help students develop the necessary skills to successfully write essays for the TOEFL iBT Exam. For the integrated task, students will expand on their reading and listening skills and learn how to analyze and integrate information from multiple sources. For the independent task, students will develop their skills to write diverse forms of essays, from opinion, preference, and hypothetical, to descriptive, compare and contrast, and advantage and disadvantage. Although this is a writing class, students will also be using their reading, listening, and speaking skills throughout the course.
ESL 0840 English for Business Professionals 70
In this course, students will improve their skills in the following key areas of business communication: taking part in meetings, telephoning, negotiating, presenting, and socializing. Students will also be introduced to the style, vocabulary, and various formats of business writing, such as letters, reports, memos, email, and other electronic communication. Grammar and editing skills are reinforced as important components of effective professional communication.
ESL 0850 IELTS Preparation 70
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally recognized standardized English proficiency exam. This course prepares students who plan to take the IELTS exam by improving their overall English skills and familiarizing them with the test format, topics, and strategies that are needed to succeed in achieving their desired IELTS score.

Level 200

ESL 0230 Low Beginner Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including regular and irregular verbs, possessive pronouns, and third person singular and plural -s endings
  • Talk about activities using the simple present and present progressive tenses
  • introduce themselves and others
  • Deliver short presentations about topics related to their lives
  • Identify main ideas and details in short conversations about everyday topics

 ESL 0235 Low Beginner Reading, Writing, and Grammar

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including “be” verbs, simple present and present progressive, definite pronouns, and parts of speech
  • Compose sentence using beginner vocabulary related to everyday topics
  • Edit simple text for capitalization and punctuation
  • Identify main ideas and key details in sentences comprised of basic level vocabulary and structures
  • Group sentences based on topic

Level 300

ESL 0330 Beginner Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary including listening for meaning in context
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including simple present and present progressive, plural nouns, possessive nouns/pronouns, subject pronouns, and yes/no questions
  • Identify and take notes on main ideas in short listenings
  • Plan and deliver simple presentations regarding personal experiences and ideas using proper intonation and word stress
  • Respond to others with topic-related questions and comments

ESL 0335 Beginner Reading, Writing, and Grammar

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary including word families
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including parts of speech, simple past and future, there is/are, prepositions of location, and connecting ideas
  • Use topic sentences, supporting sentences, and concluding sentences to write simple paragraphs
  • Evaluate main ideas, details, and text type in level-appropriate readings

Level 400

ESL 0430 Elementary Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including past progressive, present perfect, comparatives and superlatives, and wh-questions
  • Deliver simple oral presentations
  • Recognize and apply speaking strategies to emphasize meaning including intonation, stress, reduction, and linking
  • Breakdown a listening to identify the main ideas, details, and speaker’s emotion

ESL 0435 Elementary Reading, Writing, and Grammar

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including subject-verb agreement, articles and nouns, and subordinate clauses
  • Produce coherent and unified paragraphs with adequate support and detail
  • Locate the main ideas and supporting details of level-appropriate readings

Level 500

ESL 0530 Low Intermediate Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary including deducing meaning from context and word families
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including modals, reflexive pronouns, “too” and “enough,” and the present perfect progressive tense
  • Summarize main ideas and details from listenings
  • Synthesize content from various listening sources
  • Deliver three to four minute presentations
  • Employ strategies for continuing conversations/responding

ESL 0535 Low Intermediate Reading, Writing, and Grammar

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary including deducing meaning from context and word families
  • Incorporate sentence variety into own writing by using the four sentence types
  • Evaluate fragments and run-on sentences for errors
  • Distinguish between the use of gerunds and infinitives with different verbs
  • Analyze structural relationship between 1 paragraph and 5-paragraph essays
  • Produce five-paragraph essays
  • Evaluate/summarize reading texts for main ideas and supporting details

Level 600

ESL 0630 Intermediate Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Analyze listenings for main idea, supporting detail and author’s purpose.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including verb tenses for expressing past events, and passive voice
  • Analyze organizational structure and purpose of lectures and speeches
  • Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to acquire level-appropriate vocabulary including deducing meaning from context and providing synonyms/antonyms
  • Deliver four to five minute presentations

ESL 0635 Intermediate Reading, Writing, and Grammar

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of level-appropriate grammar including relative clauses, compound and complex sentences, and verb tense variety in five-paragraph essays
  • Appraise and comprehend short non-simplified academic material
  • Deduce main ideas from multiple related readings
  • Produce five-paragraph essays with thesis statements and support

 

Level 700

ESL 0720 TOEFL & Academic Listening

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the topic and main idea of conversation and lectures
  • Listen for details
  • Take notes on main points of listening passages
  • Determine attitude and purpose of a speaker
  • Make inferences and predictions
  • Categorize information
  • Summarize a process
  • Determine vocabulary from context
  • Use key TOEFEL vocabulary words

ESL 0722 TOEFL & Academic Reading

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Skim reading passages to determine the main idea and overall organization of ideas
  • Determine vocabulary from context
  • Recognize and understand 35 new academic words per week from the list at http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm
  • Recognize referents
  • Simplify meanings of sentences
  • Recognize topic sentences and supporting sentences and their placement in a reading passage
  • Find factual information
  • Make inferences from stated facts
  • Infer rhetorical purpose
  • Select appropriate summaries of reading passages

ESL 0730 High Intermediate Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use reported speech verbs to restate information
  • Restate specific information from listening and visuals
  • Use the future perfect and the future perfect progressive to talk about future plans in formal and informal contexts
  • Respond to and refute an argument with academic language
  • Infer information not stated in a conversation
  • Use past modals to make guesses about the past and to make inferences

ESL 0735 High Intermediate Reading, Writing, and Grammar

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Utilize high-intermediate vocabulary introduced in this course
  • Employ clause reductions in writing
  • Produce an academic essay that presents an argument with a coherent organizational format
  • Restate information from authentic and unabridged readings
  • Integrate academic research into essays using APA citations

Level 800

ESL 0800 Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Produce and deliver informative and persuasive speeches
  • Utilize techniques for controlling presentation anxiety
  • Employ appropriate body language and vocal characteristics while giving speeches
  • Design and utilize visual aids in presentations
  • Solicit further information after listening
  • Deliver impromptu speeches

ESL 0802 Accent Reduction
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Distinguish between strong and weak syllables and proper pronounce them
  • Link words together while speaking
  • Use important sound contrasts in their speaking
  • Develop a greater awareness of syllables
  • Learn the intonation and rhythm of English through communicative practice with sentences
  • Use proper mouth placement while speaking

ESL 0806 Academic Writing & Research Skills
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Produce an academic research paper
  • Apply APA formatting for citing research sources
  • Integrate research material into own arguments by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
  • Annotate academic material in terms of research topic using reading and note-taking strategies
  • Identify academic vocabulary based on prefixes, roots, and suffixes with 75% accuracy

ESL 0810: Grammar Workshop & Editing

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the uses of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs
  • Utilize parallel structure
  • Assess sentences for fragments and run-ons
  • Formulate sentences using direct and indirect speech
  • Compose conditional sentences
  • Differentiate between phrasal verb meanings
  • Analyze writing samples for errors in grammatical structure and usage

ESL 0817 Critical Thinking through News around the World

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Read a variety of newspaper articles while maintaining objectivity
  • Understand the importance of looking at all sides and collecting all available evidence
  • Raise critical questions and challenge the underlying assumptions of oneself as well as the writer
  • Develop and improve vocabulary, word recognition skills, and reading comprehension strategies
  • Compare and contrast various interpretations of the same event
  • Distinguish facts from opinions
  • Summarize and synthesize ideas from multiple sources
  • Discuss various current events and their impact on various global economic, social, political, and environmental issues

ESL 0821 TOEFL Speaking

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Plan their response for free-choice and paired-choice questions
  • Note the main points of the given reading passages
  • Note the main points of the listening passages
  • Use their notes to provide responses to various topics
  • Use a topic statement, supporting statements, and transitions to how the ideas are related

ESL 0823 TOEFL Writing

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Read and take notes on the main points of selected academic passages in a short period of time
  • Listen and take notes on the main points of selected academic passages
  • Review the notes they have taken on the reading and listening passages and describe how the ideas in each of the passages are related
  • Write an outline
  • Write a topic statement and supporting paragraphs
  • Produce 5-paragraph essays with a clear introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion
  • Review and edit their own writing

ESL 0840 English for Business Professionals

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Communicate orally using American English on topics of a global business nature in a variety of situations
  • Deliver structured presentations
  • Appropriately use terms and expressions related to international business
  • Initiate and participate in structured conversations about business
  • Develop and apply the basic skills, including listening, speaking, interacting, and negotiating, to effectively participate in business meetings
  • Develop cultural sensitivity and understanding that will lead to effective global business communications
  • Write workplace emails, common types of business letters, memos, and short reports using appropriate vocabulary and level of formality

ESL 0850 IELTS Preparation

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of the format of IELTS
  • Be familiar with general and academic topics discussed in IELTS
  • Effectively answer common IELTS writing topics
  • Express their opinions with supporting details on IELTS speaking topics
  • Utilize various test-taking strategies to answer test questions
  • Answer all sections of IELTS test under timed conditions

VIU’s Intensive English program offers 7-week terms. Full-time students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

A new term begins every 8-weeks. Below are the start dates by academic years. (Note: The Academic year traditionally begins in August.)

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin Classes End
Domestic Applicants F-1 Applicants
Fall I June 27, 2018 July 20, 2018 August 27, 2018 October 13, 2018
Fall II August 22, 2018 September 24, 2018 October 22, 2018 December 15, 2018
Spring I November 7, 2018 December 7, 2018 January 7, 2019 February 23, 2019
Spring II January 7, 2019 February 4, 2019 March 4, 2019 April 27, 2019
Summer I March 4, 2019 April 8, 2019 May 6, 2019 June 22, 2019
Summer II May 1, 2019 July 3, 2019 July 1, 2019 August 17, 2019
  • General Expectations: Full-time ESL students attend 20 or more hours of class each week. The ESL tuition includes the cost for textbooks, which will be given to students upon receipt of tuition payment. All VIU students are expected to participate in class discussions and activities and to come to class prepared. Students are bound by VIU’s Academic Integrity and Code of Excellence and are responsible for the integrity and originality of their work. We are a diverse community, with as many as 60 nations represented in the student body. We value sharing those experiences in cooperative learning environments. VIU is an inclusive campus environment, and as such we expect students to be respectful of all students’ ethnic, religious, and language backgrounds.

 

  • Attendance: ESL students in VIU’s Intensive English Program are expected to attend their scheduled classes and to arrive to class on time. All students are expected to adhere to the attendance requirements as dictated in VIU’s attendance policy. ESL students in VIU’s intensive English Program must maintain 90% attendance each term. Students who miss more than 90% will receive an attendance warning from the Registrar. Low attendance can have a negative impact on a student’s performance and may result in a failing grade. Failing more than one course per semester means that the student may have to repeat the whole level.To maintain satisfactory attendance at or above 90%, students cannot miss more than three (3) classes (excused and/or unexcused) that meet 70 hours per term or two (2) classes that meet 35 hours per term.

 

  • F-1 Student Attendance: F1 students are required by Federal regulation to maintain attendance each term/semester. VIU maintains meticulous attendance records and will cancel students’ I-20s if they cannot maintain their visa status. Furthermore, low attendance will have a negative effect on a student’s grades and may result in a failing grade. Failure to maintain satisfactory attendance may result in loss of status. F-1 students who are having difficulty maintaining attendance are urged to meet with their advisor/the director of the SLS, and the PDSO of International Student as soon as possible to avoid loss of visa status.

 

  • Program Advancement and Completion: ESL courses are non-credit-bearing courses. All ESL courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. An average score of 75% is required to pass an ESL class. Full-time students who pass all their ESL core courses (Levels 0200-0700) receive a certificate of level completion and advance to the next level. Students who successfully pass all courses at the 800 level will receive certification of completion of the ESL program.

For more information please check the student handbook page here

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