The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at Bennett College provides Intensive English or English as a Second Language (ESL) training and academic preparation for students interested in improving their English skills and preparing for college classes. Through classroom instruction, opportunities for private language exchange, and cultural activities our goal is to help students develop the language skills needed to succeed in their professional or academic lives. The program is open to both domestic and international students and will help prepare students interested in pursuing their undergraduate or graduate studies in the United States of America. The program is comprehensive – covering coursework in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The program will involve assignments both inside and outside the classroom. Students will have opportunities to interact with Bennett students and their fellow international students to improve their English language skills.
The following ESL courses will be offered to students:
GLS-ESL I: Academic Writing and Grammar
Designed for students who have limited experience with English. Introductory course focuses on basic understanding of English through integrated writing, select reading passages, and speaking/listening activities. Students develop fluency in English through personal narrative and information sharing assignments. Required for some students based on college placement tests. The course does not replace any degree requirement or elective.
GLS-ESL II: Academic Reading and Oratory Skills
Designed for intermediate level students. Focuses on development of abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in an integrated approach. Classroom discussion of readings used to develop students’ confidence in their understanding and expression of English. Students develop college composition skills, focusing primarily on personal narrative and opinion pieces.
GLS-ESL III: Contemporary Issues and Conversations
Various aspects and conventions of U.S. culture provide the content for this course, as a way to develop language skills. Emphasis will be on spoken communication: fluency, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation, but the skills of reading, writing, organizing, and studying will also be involved. Topics such as U.S. historical and cultural figures, social conventions, comparing cultures, news and events, and entertainment will be drawn from experience, text, interesting articles, TV, radio, film presentations, and the internet.
For more information or questions please contact:
Intensive English Language Program Coordinator
The program has been approved by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue visas for international students and the non-credit program is included in the scope of Bennett College’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).