Intensive English Program - Advanced

Students take an Intensive English course

Program Code: 908613

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at NWTC is designed to prepare students for the academic language demands of college-level coursework. The IEP offers two levels of English instruction: Intermediate and Advanced. Students attend class 4 hours daily Monday through Thursday in Listening/Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar. Students also have access to the language lab for independent study and practice in the afternoon. The IEP instructors have many years of experience and have lived and/or taught extensively in other countries. The benefits of participating in the NWTC Intensive English Program (IEP) are: Attending an IEP program located in a college environment which provides student support services for academic success; Academic language skills necessary for success in college-level courses; Acclimation to the US college experience prior to enrolling in full-time college-level programs; Ease of transition into post-secondary programs at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; or, transfer to other state colleges or universities within the United States; Nearly twice as much instruction for the cost as compared to other US Intensive English Programs. This program also offers a six-week Summer Academy with integrated curriculum for advanced students. The Summer Academy will prepare advanced level students for the demands of college-level coursework in the Fall. For further information on the Intensive English Program including the Summer Academy, visit:


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Speak with standard English pronunciation in both formal and informal settings
• Maintain extended spoken discourse in both formal and informal settings
• Develop arguments for debates
• Use American English writing conventions to produce coherent academic essays
• Analyze text structure and organization
• Use a variety of verb tenses and aspects to express complex ideas in spoken and written academic discourse
• Perform academic research


Requirements for Certificate Entry:

• Students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 450 (pbt)/45 (iBt) or IELTS 5.0 to enter the IEP. Please note that admission to the IEP does not guarantee admission to the College.
• At the beginning of the program, students will take an English placement test (OOPT) to determine which level of language instruction they need. Placement decisions are based on a combination of TOEFL or IELTS scores, or OOPT or CaMLA test scores.



• To progress from IEP advanced level to transitional IEP and college level coursework, students must have completed all advanced level coursework with a grade of “B” or better, or a GPA of “C” or OOPT score of 90 or higher.
• This certificate will take a minimum of fifteen weeks of instruction prior to transitioning into college level courses.