Structure of the Intensive English Program

IEP students build practical English skills for general, academic or professional purposes. Following the descriptors outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the IEP offers English courses at seven levels, ranging from upper elementary to advanced – that is, from basic to proficient user. While Levels 1-3 concentrate on General English, there is a deep focus on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Levels 4-7.

Levels 1-3

In Levels 1-3, students concentrate on developing fundamental English skills in an interactive classroom setting. Course work emphasizes those skills necessary for effective oral and written communication. Instruction covers all areas of language development: practical vocabulary, basic language structures, and the essentials of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar.

Levels 4-7

In Levels 4-7, students continue to develop fluency and accuracy. Course work focuses on both comprehensive skills and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This includes essay and research paper writing as well as the development of critical reading, listening, and note-taking skills.

Upon successful completion of Level 5, IEP students may take the Cambridge B2 First exam at NPU free of charge. The Cambridge B2 First is one of several English language exams which can be used for admission to NPU degree programs. Admission to all NPU degree programs requires a minimum score of 168 on the Cambridge B2 First Certificate. For admission to Master's degree programs, applicants with a CGPA between 3.0 to 3.49 must have a minimum score of 175 on the Cambridge B2 First Certificate.

Each level is comprised of 4 courses (Listening & Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar), and each course consists of 5 hours of classroom instruction per week, making a total of 20 hours per week.