IEP Levels of Proficiency
Faulkner’s IEP is designed for learners at varying levels of English proficiency. Therefore, the program consists of the following four levels – High Beginner, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. ELI students will complete an initial assessment to determine placement based on their skill level. At the completion of each level, ELI students will complete an assessment prior to advancement to a higher level.
Each level consists of three core subject areas (Listening and Speaking; Reading and Writing; and Grammar) supported by a Lab/Tutorial. Each course meets 1 hour and 20 minutes per day for four days each week. Each level has a duration of fifteen weeks – seven weeks of classes, a one week break, then seven more weeks of classes. Therefore, students are exposed to 75 instructional hours per semester for each subject area within each of the three levels. The mid-term break may be used to provide students with cultural activities designed to enhance classroom instruction.
There are no classes on Fridays but students can satisfy the requirements of the lab/tutorial hours during this time or at their convenience. The lab/tutorial hours (also 75 hours per semester) will be completed outside of the classroom in a variety of formats. A significant part of the lab/tutorial is the partnering of each student with a native English speaker to expose the student to conversational English. The student will maintain a log to indicate that these hours have been completed.
Description of each proficiency level
Level I: High Beginner
Students will enroll for Grammar I, Reading & Writing I, Listening & Speaking I, and the Lab/tutorial.
Level II: Low Intermediate
Students will enroll for Grammar II, Reading & Writing II, Listening & Speaking II, and the Lab/tutorial.
Level III: High Intermediate
Students will enroll for Grammar III, Reading & Writing III, Listening & Speaking III, and the Lab/tutorial. Students at this level are also eligible for elective courses (based on demand). These will run concurrently with the required courses and will also be available in the summer term.
Level IV: Advanced
Students will enroll for Grammar IV, Academic Writing, Listening & Speaking IV, and the Lab/tutorial. Students at this level are also eligible for elective courses (based on demand). These will run concurrently with the required courses and will also be available in the summer term. Advanced level students are also eligible for the Bridge Program.