TIEP’s Intensive ESL Programs

English For Academic Purposes – For students with intermediate to advanced English Proficiency.
Programs offered depend on enrollment and student interest, so program preference cannot be guaranteed.

English for Academic Purposes: Overview

TIEP’s English for Academic Purposes program is designed for ESL students with intermediate to advanced English proficiency, particularly for those who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a U.S. college or university.  All levels teach the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as grammar, vocabulary, and study skills.  The relative emphasis on each varies according to the level.  The program provides 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. 

More than 20 Texas universities and colleges accept TIEP students without an official TOEFL or IELTS score.  These universities agree to waive the official TOEFL or IELTS score requirement for students who have successfully completed TIEP’s English for Academic Purposes program and who are seeking undergraduate admission to their campuses.  Please click here for more information.

We can also help you get ahead in your university education by earning guaranteed transferable college credits to any Texas public university while you are improving your English skills.  With TIEPs’ University Fast Start Program, you can study an academic subject with other English learners and meet Texas public university graduation requirements prior to enrollment.  Save time and money with TIEPs’ University Fast Start Program and have a solid foundation for university admission and success.  For more information, click here.

Actual program offerings are dependent upon enrollment; availability may vary.

Students who register for the 8-week sessions that begin in March and October may be placed in ongoing classes at the appropriate level.

Students who register for the 8-week session that begins in January will be placed in classes with students who register for the 16-week session that begins in January.  Students who register for the 7-week session that begins in August will be placed in classes with students who register for the 15-week session in August.

The English for Academic Purposes program is not offered during 4-week and 3-week summer sessions.

The Registration Fee includes tuition, books, and additional services.

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Intermediate Levels

Level 130

An intermediate course with an emphasis on integrated skill development. Instruction in expository writing at the paragraph and short essay level and reading of simplified material. Includes review of all grammatical structures and introduction of more complex grammatical structures. Practice in basic listening and note-taking. Students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS as a part of the curriculum.

Level 140

A transitional intermediate-advanced course with in-depth study of selected complex grammar structures. Reading of both simplified ESL and authentic academic material. Writing of expository compositions and a brief library research paper. Practice in advanced listening, conversation, and use of idioms. Students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS as a part of the curriculum.

Advanced Levels

Level 150 & Level 160

Advanced integrated-skill courses with a focus on academic preparation, designed to help bridge students into college and university work. Emphasis on strengthening university research and study skills, using the library, and developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening proficiency through in-depth reading of authentic texts, writing formal essays, reports, and an extensive research paper, taking lecture notes, and participating in various formal, informal, and public speaking tasks. Attention given to vocabulary expansion, advanced grammar in context, pronunciation, TOEFL/IELTS preparation, and individual students’ academic goals.

The course content of level 160 varies from semester to semester, so level 160 may be taken more than once.

Actual course availability may vary from semester to semester depending on enrollment.

Key Course Features


Comprehensive language preparation for university study, test preparation (TOEFL/IELTS), and other academic purposes


Lectures, discussions, note-taking


Academic discussions and presentations, debates, panels, conversations, pronunciation


Academic, technical, and general topics, vocabulary and idioms


Compositions, essays, research papers, journals


Systematic and comprehensive approach


Internet and library research and academic projects

Field Trips

One or two educational field trips


two to four hours per day