TIEP’s Intensive ESL Programs

Foundations of English: Overview

TIEP’s Foundations of English program is designed for ESL students with beginning English proficiency to low-intermediate English proficiency as determined by the TIEP Placement Exam. The program provides 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

The 3-week session offered during the summer is separate from other Foundations of English courses.  Students who successfully complete the 60-hour, noncredit 3-week course are eligible to receive 6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

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

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.


Level 110

An elementary course for students with limited English proficiency. Emphasis on the development of speaking and listening skills, grammar, writing, reading, and vocabulary for everyday life.

Level 120

A transitional elementary level to intermediate level course which reviews and refines the foundations of basic English. Emphasis is on application and practice in all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

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

Key Course Features


Basic English skills


Everyday and general topics through simplified audio and video materials


Conversations, discussions, dialogues, short presentations, pronunciation


Everyday and general topics, vocabulary, idioms, and reading skills, through simplified materials


Basic compositions, journals, with a focus on paragraph form and organization


Systematic presentation of basic grammar


Varied activities such as creating class newspapers, booklets, and videotaped presentations

Field Trips

Two to three educational/cultural field trips


Two to four hours per day