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When new students arrive, they take several placement exams to measure their proficiency in speaking, listening, writing, and reading; and their knowledge and use of vocabulary and grammar. A committee of IEP teachers reviews all exam scores to decide the best levels for each student to study IEP classes. Students can move quickly through the program because they practice each skill at exactly the right level.

In Reading and Vocabulary class, students

  • Continuously develop vocabulary including words used for familiar, daily activities; academic vocabulary; and idiomatic expressions
  • Can identify the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Improve reading fluency through directed readings and extensive reading
  • Answer wh- questions about short texts
  • Differentiate between details and main ideas
  • Differentiate between facts and opinions
  • Match cause to effect
  • Infer meaning from text
  • Synthesize information from multiple texts
  • Use headings and subheadings to understand the structure of texts
  • Can identify point-of-view
  • Can make connections between ideas in one or more readings
  • Evaluate reliability and identify evidence of bias in texts

In Writing and Grammar class, students

  • Use the simple past and past progressive
  • Use the future with will and be going to
  • Use perfect, progressive, and perfect progressive verb forms to make affirmative and negative statements, questions, answers, and imperatives
  • Use time clauses
  • Use prepositions of time and place
  • Use count and non-count nouns with appropriate articles
  • Use modals, gerunds, infinitives, and passive constructions
  • Use adjective, adverb, and noun clauses
  • Use comparative and superlative structures

In Listening and Speaking class, students

  • Identify main ideas and details in short messages and media programs
  • Speak about their dreams, hopes, and expectations
  • Use a variety of techniques to take notes on lectures and presentations
  • Deliver presentations on personal, academic, and professional topics
  • Answer questions about the content of extended speech, including lectures
  • Use flexible and precise language to present descriptions of complex subjects
  • Infer connections between ideas in extended speech that is not clearly structured
  • Verbally cite sources in researched academic presentations

Special Topics class is on a rotating schedule. Students will improve both linguistic and academic skills by studying a variety of topics, such as pronunciation, keyboarding and word processing skills, community service, or leadership. This class is not an option for Grad CAP.

In English Foundations class, students

  • Recognize the letters in the English alphabet and use patterns to decode words
  • Recognize basic affixes and use them to understand word meanings
  • Respond to wh-, questions related to illustrated text
  • Match visual representations to words and phrases
  • Write and use words with a variety of sounds and spelling patterns (Dolch List)
  • Write simple sentences about the present and present progressive
  • Use present verb tenses to make affirmative and negative statements, questions, answers, and imperatives
  • Have a basic understanding of the parts of a sentence: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions
  • Ask and answer basic questions and make simple statements about concrete and familiar topics
  • Listen for keywords/phrases and specific information (names, dates, reasons, explanations)
  • Deliver basic presentations on selected topics

The IEP has 6 academic levels: 5 levels for undergraduate students and another level called Grad CAP for graduate students.

Students may take the Grad CAP courses if they:

  • have a bachelor’s degree, and
  • have completed the undergraduate IEP program of study, or have a TOEFL of 61 or an IELTS score of 5.5 or greater, or by departmental permission.

IEP levels range from high beginning to advanced on the CEFR scale.

IEP level

CEFR level

# weeks

Description (adapted from the CEFR level descriptors)




Can understand and use some familiar expressions. Can interact in a very simple way provided the other person talks very slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.




Can initiate, maintain, and close simple interactions, and can produce some simple text, when the topic is related to familiar or personal matters.




Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.




Can understand most main ideas on more complex academic text. Can interact with some hesitation, produce connected text related to events, and give some simple reasons and explanations.




Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Grad CAP



Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

For students who do not place into the academic English levels because their English skills are at an A1 level or lower, the IEP also offers a pre-academic program called English Foundations. In this integrated-skills class, students advance at their own rate and can begin the academic 6 level IEP once they have achieved a satisfactory course grade and the student learning outcomes.

CEFR level # Weeks Description (adapted from the CEFR level descriptors)
Pre-A1-A1+ 8* Can understand and use familiar expressions. Can communicate in simple interactions when the other person talks slowly and clearly.

*Because English Foundations covers multiple CEFR levels, it is possible that a student may need to repeat this course.

IEP students have over 22 hours of language instruction each week in four classes:

  • Listening & Speaking
  • Reading & Vocabulary
  • Writing & Grammar
  • Special Topics

Below is an example of the class schedule for a typical IEP student in levels 1-5 (students in Grad CAP courses will not take Special Topics, but the rest of the class times are the same).

Listening & Speaking

Tuesday-Thursday: 1:00pm-2:50pm

Writing & Grammar

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 8:30am-10:20am

Reading & Vocabulary

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am-11:20am

Special Topics

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 10:30am-11:50am
Alternate - Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:00pm-4:50pm
English Foundations students have over 12 hours of language instruction each week in an integrated course format.
Below is an example of the class schedule for a typical English Foundations student:

English Foundations

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-11:50am

Conditional admission for bachelor's (undergraduate) students

If a student meets bachelor's (undergraduate) requirements for admission to Southeast except the language proficiency test score, they can receive conditional admission to Southeast. Students with undergraduate conditional admission must improve their English language skills by attending the Intensive English Program. After the student completes level 5 classes, they can be fully admitted to the university. Other admission requirements will still apply.

Conditional admission for master's (graduate) students

If a student meets master's (graduate) requirements for admission to Southeast except the language proficiency test score, they can receive conditional admission. A student with graduate conditional admission must improve their English language skills by successfully completing the IEP Graduate Conditional Acceptance Program (Grad CAP), which is taught in one full sixteen-week semester beginning in either August or January (Grad CAP courses are not offered during the summer). After the student completes Grad CAP with an average grade of B or better, they may be fully admitted to the university. Some graduate programs may also have other admissions requirements that must be met, such as GRE or GMAT exams.

Conditional Admission is possible for the following Graduate Programs:

Master of Arts Master of Business Administration Master of Science Master of Natural Sciences Master of Public Administration
  • English
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Management
  • Financial Management
  • General Management
  • Health Administration
  • Industrial Management
  • International Business
  • Sport Management
  • Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Technology Management (separate deadline)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Applied Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Biology (separate deadline)
  • Chemistry (fall only admission, separate deadline)
  • Mathematics
  • Public Administration


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