Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a university-based program, serving full-time students ranging in proficiency from elementary to advanced levels. Students receive 20 hours of face-to-face instruction per week addressing a complete range of language skills including reading and vocabulary development, writing and grammar, listening and speaking, and college skills, with a weekly comprehensive test. Students earn 12 IEP credits per semester. Classes are offered with three levels: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level follows the academic schedule of Indiana Tech: 16 weeks in Spring and Fall semesters, and 12 weeks in Summer.

This program aims to create opportunities for engagement between international and domestic students to promote both language and cultural development. In addition to classes, we offer opportunities for conversations and interactions with native English speakers, along with special events and course collaborations. Attending classes on the main campus at Fort Wayne, Indiana, our students are part of the tapestry of Indiana Tech campus life. All classes are small, with a strong emphasis on academic skills and intercultural competence. The instructors are experienced, creative, and caring, who design and teach the courses as a team.

Our mission

The mission of Indiana Institute of Technology Intensive English Program (IEP) is to enable non-native English speaking students who have completed high school, either in the USA or in other countries, to develop and synthesize the core English language proficiency skills necessary for success in the college programs as well as in a global environment. We prepare students for success by:

  1. Providing English language instruction rooted in best practices and delivered by a diverse team of TESOL professionals.
  2. Guiding students toward autonomy as they learn, explore, and practice the habits necessary for success in U.S. higher education.
  3. Partnering with university academic departments to create and facilitate opportunities for intercultural exchange.

Admission to the IEP and Indiana Tech

All applications and admission decisions are made by the Indiana Tech Admissions Office. Students may apply for study in the IEP, or they may apply for admission to Indiana Tech’s academic studies. If a student has only applied to study English only, he or she is admitted for “IEP only.”

If a student has been admitted to Indiana Tech’s academic studies, but has not reached a high-enough level of English proficiency, that student is given “conditional admission.” These students can take 1-2 academic classes while taking IEP courses with the approval of the IEP director. Successful completion of the IEP advanced level or receiving a satisfactory score of an English Test, e.g. TOEFL or IELT, is one pathway for full admission.

Placement testing requirement

The IEP has three proficiency levels. Every new IEP student takes the IEP placement test to be placed at the appropriate level as soon as he/she arrives in Indiana Tech. The test includes Listening, Reading, Grammar/Usage, and Writing.

All new IEP students must attend placement testing as soon as he/she arrives in Indiana Tech or on the scheduled day. A student will be placed in class with the lowest level his/her placement test indicates; for example, if a student receives elementary level in Listening and Reading and intermediate level in Grammar and Writing, he/she will be placed in all elementary level classes; if a student receives intermediate level in Reading and Grammar, and advanced level in Listening and Writing, he/she will be placed in all intermediate level classes. A student will be placed in the same level for all of his/her classes.

Level descriptions

Elementary level

This is introductory level for students who have very little or no working knowledge of English. Students work on developing phonemic awareness, acquiring basic vocabulary with emphasis on spelling and learning basic sentence structure. Advancement from the Elementary Level to Intermediate Level will require a 16-week term or longer.

Intermediate level

This level is for students who understand simplified input and can be understood, but demonstrate a lack of fluency. Students begin to show understanding of verb tenses and are able to express ideas in simple written and oral language. Advancement from the Intermediate Level 2 to Level 3 will require a 16-week term or longer.

Advanced level

This level is for students who understand adapted reading material and some authentic material and are able to communicate most ideas clearly when speaking or writing, but may still need support to identify and correct errors. With guidance, students can engage in authentic academic listening and collaborative speaking tasks, and produce essays on abstract concepts incorporating complex grammatical structures.

Achievement of proficiency required to complete Advanced Level will require a 16-week term or longer.

Post-IEP courses at Indiana Tech

Students who successfully complete IEP and are matriculated at Indiana Tech will continue to enroll in ENG 1000 (Introduction to College Reading) and ENG 1100 (Introduction to College Writing) along with other academic courses.

What classes will you take?

All IEP students are enrolled in 20 hours of class per week:

  • Listening and Speaking: 4 hours of class session
  • Writing and Grammar: 4-5 hours of class session
  • Reading and Vocabulary: 4-5 hours of class session
  • College Skills: 4 hours of class session (activities including textbook reading, note-taking, discussion, oral presentation, campus life, American culture, guest speakers, and field trips, etc.)
  • Weekly Comprehensive Test: 4 hours (The tests assess the effect of learning and help instructors modify teaching to meet students’ needs.)
  • Online Language Lab: In addition to class sessions

Contact us

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Gloria Chen, Assistant Professor and Director of IEP, at glchen@indianatech.edu or 260.422.5561, ext. 2279.