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The Intensive English Program at the University of Northern Colorado offers instruction in English for Academic Purposes. Our mission is to provide English language learners (international and domestic) with English language instruction for academic purposes.  We use an assessment to place students at appropriate levels so we can best prepare them for academics at an American university.  We also aim to provide on-going language support in the form of English language tutors, and to increase international students' understanding of intercultural communication and American university culture.

Program Requirements

Students who have completed high school may qualify for the Intensive English Program. Degree seeking students who have provisional admission with an English language requirement must complete all required courses (based on placement exam) at 80% or higher to meet the language provision.  

Undergraduates may begin taking academic classes with intensive English classes when they reach level 6.

Graduate students may begin taking academic classes with intensive English classes when they reach level 7.

If you wish to pursue a degree at UNC or to enrich your English language fluency, we are here to offer you success at every step!

IEP Overview

  • Level 1

    Review the English alphabet and letter to sound connections, and begin writing simple sentence structures. Identify and use several key words and phrases in communications and written texts.

  • Level 2

    Begin using strategies to identify main ideas and retell key details. Move from writing simple sentences to compound sentences, and increase vocabulary.

  • Level 3

    Move from learning the basics of English to using English consistently and accurately, increasing vocabulary and listening comprehension skills. Move from writing sentences to paragraphs. Focus on predicting, previewing, and scanning as reading strategies.

  • Level 4

    Transition from skill reinforcement to academic skills: formal presentations and lectures, note-taking, essay writing, applied grammar usage, and reading comprehension skills.

  • Level 5

    Begin academic writing based on sources, participate in evidence-based class debates, analyze themes and ideas, and read and write summaries. Cite specific details and evidence to support analysis, and use strategies to determine central ideas or themes.

  • Level 6

    Demonstrate university-level proficiency through relevant critical thinking tasks via presentations, group discussions, and debates. Develop skills in research and documentation. Focus on critical analysis of readings in literature, poetry, research and current events.

  • Level 7

    Learn discourse strategies and academic research writing styles expected of graduate students. Analyze research articles, interact with classmates on a variety of topics, and increase high-level academic vocabulary. Write a research proposal and give a presentation from it.

 Additional language support

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English Conversation Groups

In addition to regular classes, we offer an opportunity for you to practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures.  Conversation groups provide a friendly, relaxed space where you can just be you.

For more information please contact Alan Hendrickson

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English Language Assistance

We support our Intensive English Program students, international students, and non-native speakers of English with individual tutoring. Tutors help with all areas of language acquisition and academic culture.