TIEP’s Intensive ESL Programs

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

English for Communication and Culture:  Overview

TIEP’s English for Communication and Culture program is designed for individuals with intermediate to advanced English proficiency who want to improve their English for personal and professional purposes. All levels emphasize listening and speaking, but also practice reading and writing for everyday use, as well as for professional situations. Course content varies depending on students’ interests. The program provides 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

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

The  3-week session offered during the summer is separate from other courses. 

Depending on enrollment, students who register for the 4-week and 8-week sessions that begin in January may be placed in classes with students who register for the 16-week session.  Students who register for the 7-week session that begins in August may be placed in classes with students who register for the 15-week session.

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

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

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Intermediate Level

Level 138

This intermediate course emphasizes integrated English language skills development.  It includes a variety of communicative activities, discussions, dialogs, videos, simplified reading materials and writing tasks for personal and professional situations, as well as guest speakers and field trips related to course material.

High Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Level 148 & 158

Levels 148 and 158 focus on comprehensive language skill refinement with immediate application in everyday and professional contexts. The courses include use of authentic reading materials from cultural and professional situations, authentic writing tasks to enable students to function more effectively in social and professional situations, videos, guest speakers and field trips to integrate learning into the everyday world. Speaking tasks include practice in public speaking, presentations, and negotiations for personal and professional situations.

The course content of level 158 varies from semester to semester, so level 158 may be taken more than once.

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

Key Course Features


Communicative activities, videos, guest speakers, presentations


Discussions and presentations for social and professional situations, including meetings, interviews, Skype and phone conversations, as well as pronunciation


General and intercultural topics, including professional practices in the U.S.


Correspondence for personal and professional situations, including emails, business letters, memos, resumes, and reports


Emphasis on usage and application


Community-based research for reports, video projects, or professional projects

Field Trips

3-5 field trips corresponding to class focus and interests


Two to four hours per day