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IEP Curriculum Overview

The Applied English Center provides five levels of sequenced academic English language instruction for adult students of other language backgrounds. However, if students are not proficient enough to begin, they are placed in Basic English to increase their proficiency to then enter our 5-level academic program. All of these courses are tied to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Pre-academic              Academic

 Basic English         | |   Level 1     |  Level  2      |  Level  3     |   Level   4     |   Level 5       


Basic English: At our pre-academic level, we offer a fully integrated multi-skill course that meets eighteen class hours a week. This course, which is taught by two teachers, accommodates students with low English proficiency. The goal of this course is to increase students’ proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary to prepare them to begin our five level program of English for academic purposes.

Core Courses: At Levels 1-4, we offer two core courses which each meet eight hours a week. Two hour classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Listening/Speaking/Grammar for Academic Purposes
  • Reading/Writing/Grammar for Academic Purposes            

At Level 5, we provide these same two courses, but they each meet four hours a week instead of 8. One hour classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Support and Elective Courses: At Levels 1, 2 and 3, in addition to students’ two core courses, students are required to take the support course for that level. The topics of these support courses vary, but include, for example, extra skill emphasis on grammar, reading, speaking and pronunciation.  The support courses meet once a week on Wednesdays for two hours.

At Levels 4 and 5, full-time students have a choice of electives and can enroll in one or two.  The topics vary but may include extra practice with academic vocabulary, grammar, oral communication, community involvement or technology.  Just like support courses, they meet once a week on Wednesdays for two hours.  (Some students may already be taking some KU classes, so they may opt not to take an elective, as they may get enough hours to be considered full-time students through KU class hours.)




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