Intensive English Program

Join Our Community of English Language Learners

  • Study grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and conversation
  • Classes are 5 days a week for 12 weeks (summer schedule varies)
  • 18 hours a week of classroom instruction
  • Stay with the same group of students for all your classes
  • Four levels from beginner to high-intermediate: see our Proficiency Scale for more information about our levels.
  • Finish the program and take other Harper College courses
  • After IEP, take Writing V and Reading V in the English Language Program to complete your ESL study

Intensive English Program Advantage

  • Classes are selected for you
  • You have the same classmates for all your classes

Requirements for the Intensive English Program

  • Students must be high school graduates in their own country or the U.S.
  • Students cannot work more than 20 hours a week due to class hours and daily homework

Intensive English Program Start and End Dates

  • Spring Semester: January 17 to April 18, 2017
  • Summer Semester: May 22 to July 28, 2017
  • Fall Semester: August 21 to November 14, 2017

Intensive English Program Handbook

The Intensive English Program at Harper College is dedicated to providing excellent comprehensive language instruction for postsecondary students who are non-native speakers of English. Professionals in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) use a variety of proven language teaching methods to prepare students for further academic study or employment in the United States. This learner-centered program is offered on a full-time basis to both international students and residents of the United States.

The Intensive English Program strives to achieve the following objectives:

  1. to provide instruction in each of the four language skill areas: reading, writing, listening/speaking and grammar
  2. to increase the English language skills of nonnative speakers to the level needed to meet their academic and career goals
  3. to apply sound teaching methods, including the use of presentations, group work, computer-assisted instruction and the language laboratory
  4. to provide students with strategies that help them learn more effectively and efficiently
  5. to provide support services, such as testing, registration, academic advising and financial aid information
  6. to provide educational resources for students’ use, such as comprehensive library services, modern computer and language laboratories and private tutoring

In the Intensive English Program, our purpose is to facilitate language learning in an encouraging student centered environment. From placement through Program completion, faculty and staff strive to create a non-threatening atmosphere for all students. While honoring differences in culture and learning styles, our instructors facilitate meaningful language learning experiences and provide students with the tools necessary to become independent language learners.

Our ESL and Linguistics faculty recognize that as language learners move from one acquisition stage to another, their needs change. At the beginning level, our pur­pose is to help students become confident when using their new language, and we encourage students' practical application of English. At the more advanced levels, we expect students to take more responsibility for their learning.