The skills-based curriculum in the IEP is designed to improve the proficiency of the students for both general and academic purposes. Students at all levels of the program (one elementary, two intermediate, and four advanced levels) follow a core curriculum of Communication Skills, Reading/Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, and American Culture courses, for a minimum of 21 hours per week. In addition, students may attend optional courses in Individualized Learning, TOEFL Preparation, Reading Workshop, and Business English.
ESL Credit Courses
In addition to the non-credit IEP courses, the IEP is also responsible for teaching four ESL credit courses for students who are already admitted into the University. Two of the courses are Academic English courses focusing on Reading, Writing, and Research at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. The other two courses are Oral Fluency courses for International Teaching Assistants who must satisfy a SPEAK test requirement (score of 50 on the revised test) set by the University.
IEP courses are taught by both teaching assistants and part-time faculty, including the Co-Directors (Helen Huntley and Dara Shaw) and the CALL Lab Director (Tracy Dingess), who each teach two courses per semester. There are currently 16 part-time teachers with Masters degrees or previous teaching experience in TESOL and 18 Graduate Teaching Assistants who are studying for Masters degrees in TESOL. Each Teaching Assistant is fully responsible for teaching two courses persemester, and is supported by regular in-service training sessions and observation visits by the Co-Directors.
In addition to the academic English program, the IEP has hosted a growing number of special and short-term programs in recent years, developed and coordinated by Dara Shaw, Director of Special Programs. These include the following:
Helen Huntley, Director of Academic Programs
IEP, West Virginia University