For thirty years, students have been coming to the Intensive English Program at West Virginia University to learn English and to get used to life in the United States. The process is not always easy, but we hope that you will learn many things about yourself and others that will enable you to be the best person that you can be. The first day you arrive, when everything is strange and new, you may not believe that some of your classmates will someday be as close as family, but I assure you that will be the case. In order to succeed, we ask you to put away your mother tongue and study as hard as you can. Your friends in the office and teachers are here to help you in any way we can. Keep your mind and your textbooks open.
With best wishes,
Stacy Fint, Director
The diversity in the IEP is also reflected in the international student populations at West Virginia University, since approximately one third of IEP students become undergraduate students and another one third enter graduate programs. The remaining third are students who want to improve their English proficiency for personal or professional reasons.
Students at all levels of the program (elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels) follow a core curriculum of Communication Skills, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary and elective courses. In addition, students attend several elective courses, such as TOEFL Preparation, Business English, and American Culture.
ESL Credit Courses
In addition to the non-credit IEP courses, IEP teachers also teach the following ESL credit courses for students who are already admitted into the University.
- ESL Academic Reading/Writing
- ESL Research and Writing
- Academic Speaking/Listening
- ITA Fluency
In addition to learning English in the classroom, students are encouraged, to participate in extracurricular activities arranged by the activities coordinator in the IEP. In the fall and spring semesters, a Conversation Partner Program matches up IEP students with native speakers for one-on-one conversation, and for group conversation students can attend the Conversation Table. In addition, there are regular outings to restaurants, shopping, and local attractions.