Intensive English Program (IEP)

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at LA ORT provides students with the language skills necessary to become successful members of American society.

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The Intensive English program at LAORT provides students with the language skills necessary to communicate in everyday conversation in a nurturing learning environment and though the best instruction possible. In the Intensive English program students learn and practice functional English rooted in basic grammar, commonly used vocabulary, functional expressions and phrasal verbs and idioms they are likely to encounter outside of the classroom. At each level, new language skills are learned and reinforced together with skills learned in prior levels that allow for increasingly sophisticated applications of interpersonal communication. Students also have the opportunity of learning English through computers and technology. LA ORT uses software such as RosettaStone and CD’s that accompany textbooks to assist in developing greater English language abilities in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Students also practice grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the computer lab where the instructor guides them through an activity that teaches students how to feel more comfortable interacting with the English language in a less formal structure than a textbook.


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Entrance Requirements

The Intensive English program applicants need to take written and oral language placement tests to be placed at one the following clusters as are shown in the following chart. The applicants will take the CELSA written test under supervision of an independent third party administrator.

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Advancement to the next Level of an Intensive ESL Program

Advancement to the next 240 clock hours is determined by achieving an overall minimum of 70% (“C” grade) or GPA of 2.0 for homework, quizzes, attendance and final oral and written tests at the end of each cluster. To successfully complete/ graduate one cluster or more, the student should have a minimum of “C” grade or “2.0” GPA with a minimum 80% attendance at the end of each cluster; the student will receive a certificate of graduation if s/he meets the graduation requirements.

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Program Length

Students enrolling in this program will be placed in one of the following clusters according to their placement test scores. Students can take an individual cluster equals to 240 clock hours. Upon completion of a cluster, students may enroll into the next cluster which includes two new levels. A student may enroll up to 9 clusters that equals to 18 levels or 2160 clock hours. The daytime program is conducted Monday-Thursday for 5 hours a day, and Friday for 4 hours, 24 hours a week, for a total of 10 weeks. The evening program is conducted Monday-Thursday for 4.5 hours a day, 18 hours a week for a total of 13.6 weeks.

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