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ENGAGE Curriculum

We design English language learning to meet real world demands!

The Intensive English Language Program teaches general and academic English and is designed for individuals who want to improve their English for personal, academic, or professional reasons.

Our curriculum and assessments have been strategically aligned to the Global Scale of English (GSE), the worlds' first truly global English language standard.

The GSE allows us to help students design an accelerated pathway toward English proficiency for university study and career advancement by assessing their levels and identifying their specific language needs so that we can create a personal learning plan and track their progress.

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Sample Schedule

Take advantage of a four-day study week and academic advising sessions. Full-time students can select courses to maintain their F-1 or J-1 status (18-22 clock hours each week) while part-time students have the flexibility to select a schedule that fits their availability.

 

Day/Time  

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

8-11:10 am 

Academic Advising 

Reading and Writing 

Oral Communication

Reading and Writing 

Oral Communication

11:30 am-1:25 pm

Academic Advising

Let's Talk: Strategies for Fluent Conversation Academic Vocabulary for University Success Grammar Power Lab American Pronunciationa nd Spelling
TOEFL ITP / TOEFL iBT Preparation English for Business Professionals TOEFL ITP / TOEFL iBT Preparation English for Business Professionals

1-4:50 pm

Service Learning

 

TOEFL iBT Preparation ends at 2:50 pm.

  TOEFL iBT Preparation ends at 2:50 pm.  

 

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Note: One clock hour is equivalent to 50 minutes of instruction and 10 minutes of break.  

Develop your critical thinking, listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills through an integrated approach that engages you with a broad range of topics connected to university subjects, work-place situations, and daily life encounters. 

  • Oral Communication (Novice-Advanced Levels) 
  • Academic Reading and Writing (Novice-Advanced Levels) 

Get a taste of future academic topics and career areas. Apply your language abilities and creativity through a variety of elective courses that interest you. 

  • Service Learning  
  • All about the USA: Culture, History, and Geography 
  • Citizen Journalism and Digital Storytelling  
  • English for Hospitality Professionals 
  • English for Business Professionals  
  • English for Healthcare Professionals  
  • English for Science and Technology  

Do you need a little extra practice in a single skill area? Take charge of your language acquisition and strengthen your weaker skills through a personalized approach that teaches you learning strategies for specific skills. 

  • American Pronunciation and Spelling  
  • Visual Vocabulary for Everyday Life  
  • Let’s Talk: Strategies for Fluent Conversation  
  • Academic Vocabulary for University Success 
  • Grammar Power  
  • Reading Power  
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Program Levels

The Intensive English Language Program is designed for individuals who want to improve their English for academic or professional reasons. The curriculum is aligned with Salem State University’s general education categories, College and Career Readiness Standards, the Common European Framework of Reference scales (CEFR), American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines, and the Global Scale of English (GSE) Learning Objectives for Academic English. Curricular objectives and learning outcomes for each level are geared toward an exit goal that is one level higher than the entrance level.

Program Level

CEFR Entrance

CEFR Exit

ACTFL Entrance

ACTFL Exit

GSE Entrance

GSE Exit

7

B1+

B2

Advanced Low

Advanced Mid

53-57

57-61

6

B1

B1+

Intermediate High

Advanced Low

48-52

52-56

5

A2+

B1+

Intermediate Mid

Intermediate High

41-47

47-51

4

A2

B1

Intermediate Low

Intermediate Mid

34-40

40-46

3

A1

A2+

Novice High

Intermediate Low

26-33

33-39

2

<A1

A2

Novice Mid

Novice High

18-25

25-32

1

<A1

A1

Novice Low

Novice Mid

10-17

17-24

Please note: Levels may be combined at times depending on student enrollment and placement.

How much time will you need to study English?

GSE Entry Level

Average Number of Semesters to Reach SSU Undergraduate Level Proficiency (GSE 49+)

Average Number of Semesters to Reach SSU Graduate Level Proficiency (GSE 54+)

53-57

 

1 Semester

48-52

1 Semester

1-2 Semesters

41-47

1-2 Semesters

2-3 Semesters

34-40

2-3 Semesters

3-4 Semesters

26-33

3-4 Semesters

4-5 Semesters

18-28

4-5 Semesters

5-6 Semesters

10-17

6-7 Semesters

7-8 Semesters

 

Please note: These are estimates based on full-time study of 18 hours per week for 15 weeks of guided learning. Learner motivation, first language background, and prior knowledge also play an important role in the amount of time it takes to progress to higher levels of proficiency. All students are assessed three times per semester to track their GSE levels.  

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Class Activities

  • Listening to lectures, TV, radio, podcasts, and movies 
  • Participating in pair and small group discussions 
  • Making and giving oral presentations 
  • Collaborating on group projects 
  • Interviewing and role-playing 
  • Watching and making short videos 
  • Reading newspapers, magazines and journals, textbooks, and literature 
  • Preparing for university through note-taking, study skills, research and library skills 
  • Participating in service projects for the local community 
  • Going on field trips to museums and other places of cultural and historical interest 
  • Compiling a writing portfolio of personal reflections, narratives, essays, research papers, and emails

In all levels, students have homework to help build on skills they are working on in class to enrich their learning experience and keep them on track to meet their target language goals. Additionally, we assess all students three times during the semester to monitor their progress.

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Program Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the upper level(s) of the Intensive English Language Program, students will be able to do the following:

Reading

  • Read widely and deeply from among a broad range of literary and informational texts
  • Gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements
  • Build a foundation of knowledge by reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines
  • Acquire the habit of reading independently and closely

Writing

  • Offer and support opinions, demonstrating understanding of subject material
  • Convey real and imagined experiences and events
  • Adapt the form and content of one’s own writing to accomplish a task and purpose
  • Develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects
  • Respond analytically to literary and informational sources

Speaking and Listening

  • Contribute accurate, relevant information
  • Respond to and develop what others have said
  • Make comparisons and contrasts
  • Analyze and synthesize a multitude of ideas in various domains

Language

  • Gain control over standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics to convey meaning effectively
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of words encountered through listening, reading, and media use
  • Appreciate that words have nonliteral meanings, shadings of meaning, and relationships to other words
  • Expand their vocabulary while studying content
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