Additional Courses Offered through the IEP

Academic Bridge Course
This course has been designed for advanced English language learners who have missed the TOEFL cut off by 25 points or less. Students taking this course will take two other Level 3 IEP courses and one regular course at Ferris. The Bridge Course integrates grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening into one course and focuses on how to apply those skills in the academic setting. Some activities students will complete in this course include taking notes, writing essays, conducting research, giving presentations, and conducting discussions.

Conversation Practicum
This course has been designed to offer students a more intensive conversation partner experience. The IEP offers up to 4 hours of conversation partnerships for all IEP students; however, some students ask for more. This class is for students who wish for more conversation practice. In this class, the IEP student is partnered with a native English speaker for one-on-one conversations and participates in community and campus events. The purpose is to practice and improve English language skills AND to learn about American culture.

Service Learning Practicum
This course has been designed for students who wish to take more credits in an intensive English setting. Students enrolled in this course will participate in service learning activities. This includes volunteering in events on campus and in the community. Students will also be asked to reflect on each event and discuss what they have learned both linguistically and culturally. This classes requires students to use their grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Independent Study
This course has been designed for students who wish to take more credits in an intensive English setting. Like many independent study courses, the student and the instructor decide on course goals. The teacher then decides on instruction and content for the student. Even though this is an independent study course, the approach to teaching and learning is still integrated, which means that students will learn English using their grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.