The English Language Program offers classes from high beginning through advanced levels in 8-week sessions. There are 5 starting times per year. Full-time students attend 2 classes each session for 18+ classroom hours of instruction per week. Classes run Monday - Friday and meet between 8 am and 5 pm. Cultural events, writing lab sessions, tutoring, conversation tables, and workshops are also scheduled on Fridays. When students arrive, they are tested and placed into classes which most closely match their level of English proficiency. Students are tested again at the end of each semester. Average students advance to the next level after 2 sessions in one level.
- Take 18-20 hours of instruction a week. This includes the two Core Classes and additional writing lab and conversation practice classes.
- Citizens, permanent residents, and F1, J1 visa holders fall into this category.
- Can take between 8 and 10 hours of instruction a week in the appropriate level Core Class, plus additional writing lab or conversation practice class.
- Citizens, permanent residents, and F2, J2 visa holders fall into this category.
The Core Courses
- Two Core Courses are offered in different levels, and required for full-time students:
- Reading/Writing/Grammar (10 hours/week, plus writing lab attendance)
- Listening/Speaking (8 hours/week, plus conversation tables practice)
- Reading/Writing/Grammar course focuses on developing language skills through integration of grammar, reading and writing. Teachers incorporate a variety of activities that build both language skills and help students prepare for the academic demands of university study.
- Listening/Speaking course focuses on helping students improve their oral communication skills for academic settings and social situations. Students develop skills in conversation, note-taking, listening comprehension, and oral presentations.
Writing Lab sessions
- Students are required to attend a regular Writing Lab session each week to focus on academic writing and specific writing needs.
- Students can attend additional Writing Lab sessions offered each week to all UCCS students on writing areas of interest or concern.
- Sessions are intended to improve skills in university level writing assignments, focusing on areas of greatest need and interest.
- All students in Listening/Speaking course attend a regular 'Conversation Tables' course each week, for 1-1.5 hours, focusing on oral fluency in conversation.
- Students are expected to be proactive in developing their English language fluency and confidence in a range of conversational situations.
- Students are able to practice English conversation in a 100% English environment, on topics and situations of interest.
Activities & Events
Students in the IEP have many additional opportunities to practice and develop their English fluency and confidence through activities outside of class. Each session, the GEO along with the MOSAIC office and other organizations, arranges outings, workshops, tutoring services, and special cultural events and celebrations. IEP students have access to all UCCS student activities including sports and arts events, recreational facilities, Colorado outdoor experiences through the Rec Center, and more than 200 student organizations.