Intensive English Program

Do you want to improve your English skills in a short period of time? Then Intensive English is for you! In these classes, you will practice your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. There will also be instruction on grammar, pronunciation, and American culture.

In the Intensive English program, classes run four days a week for seven weeks. Class each day runs five hours. You will receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. By the end of seven weeks, you will receive 140 hours of classroom instruction.

All classes are taught Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no class on Monday. Times are subject to change based on classroom availability.

Our Mission

The mission of the Intensive English Program is to support English Language Learners in their educational, professional, and personal goals by providing rigorous multi-level English Language instruction, and by accommodating the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students through affordable access to language instruction.

2021 - 2022 Course Dates

Summer 2021 Term Schedule

Summer Term 1

May 18 - July 2*

Summer Term 2

July 6 - August 20*

*Classes being run entirely or partially online

Fall 2021 Term Schedule

Fall Term 1

August 31 - October 15, 2021

Fall Term 2

October 26 - December 17, 2021

Spring 2022 Term Schedule

Spring Term 1

February 1 - March 18, 2022

Spring Term 2

March 29 - May 13, 2022

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must be at least 17 years old. F-1 students must also submit a copy of their passport ID page, and proof of sufficient funding for their studies.

 Apply to the Intensive English Program

Apply to the Intensive English Program here

Students applying to study with us on an F-1 visa should have their passport page and financial documents (proof of funding, affidavit of support) ready before applying.

 

 Cost of Attendance

The cost of a seven-week class is $1,115. You have the option to pay the entire cost before the start of classes at the time of registration, or to break the payment into two parts. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

International applicants must show proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the first year of study at BHCC. Please see the table below to get an estimated cost of attendance. F-1 applicants can upload copies of their own bank statement, letter of financial guarantees from a government, foundation, or home university. F-1 students with sponsors must submit the sponsor’s bank statement or letter and the completed affidavit of support.

Terms of Study

Cost of Tuition

Estimated Cost of Living & Course Materials

Total Cost*

1

$1,115

$2,204

$3,319

2

$2,230

$4,408

$6,638

3

$3,345

$7,684

$11,029

4

$4,460

$9,888

$14,348

*All cost of living amounts are estimates; the totals for three and four terms assume stays of seven (7) and nine (9) months respectively.

Steps to Enrolling and Completing IEP Courses

  1. Contact IntensiveEnglish@bhcc.edu and apply to the program
    Reach out to IntensiveEnglish@bhcc.edu. A staff member will email information about the courses and availability, and make sure that we have a class that will meet your needs. After your talk with an Intensive English staff member, complete an application to the program here.
  2. Take the placement test
    Contact IntensiveEnglish@bhcc.edu about completing the placement test. There are three parts to the placement test. You should plan for 90 minutes for the entire testing and advising process (these do not need to be completed all at the same time). Testing takes place online or over the phone. Staff members are all working from home, and are not available to meet in-person. You will reach out to IntensiveEnglish@bhcc.edu.
  3. Receive your scores
    You will take writing, speaking, and computerized tests. You receive your scores when you’ve finished. You will discuss your scores and be advised on what level you should take.
  4. Register and pay for the course
    You have the ability to register and pay for the course immediately after finishing the test, or you may choose to wait and register at a later date.
  5. Attend orientation before the beginning of the new term
    If you are a new student in the Intensive English program, you will be given information for the Orientation. The orientation generally takes place the last business day before classes start. There will also be access to orientation videos to view later. You will learn more about the Handbook and the Intensive English Program. You will also have a chance to ask questions and complete important paperwork.
  6. Attend 7-week course
    You will come to class four times a week for seven weeks. Each class is five hours a day. You are expected to attend every class.
  7. Pass 5 of 6 speaking, writing, and listening/reading quizzes, and earn a 75% or higher on the final exam
    Upon completing all of the requirements for the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be able to advance to the next level of the IEP, or transfer into Academic ELL classes (if completing level 004).

Because IEP courses are noncredit, students in the IEP receive a grade of Pass (“P”) or Fail (“F”). A “P” allows you to advance to the next level, while an “F” means that the course must be repeated.

To pass the course and be able to advance to the next level, you must achieve all four of the following objectives:

Achieve a score of 75% or higher on the three-part final
Receive a grade of 75% or higher on five out of six speaking quizzes
Receive a grade of 75% or higher on five out of six writing quizzes
Receive a grade of 75% or higher on five out of six listening/reading quizzes
A grade of Pass (“P”) or Fail (“F”) is given at the end of the class. P indicates satisfactory completion of coursework. A “P” grade will allow you to advance to the next level while an “F” grade means you will have to repeat the level.

To be able to advance to the next level in the Intensive English program, you must receive a grade of “P”, meaning you have met all three of the objectives listed above. Students who fail a course may repeat it the following term. You may only repeat the course once (meaning the level is taken a total of two times). If you fail the course a second time, you will be referred to another English language program within Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) such as Basic ELL, a non-intensive English language class.

In special cases, you may return to the IEP and retake the full placement test to determine your new level placement. Placement beyond the level you had already failed will allow you to enroll in the next level. For instance, if a student fails level 002 twice, she would be recommended to take a BELL class. If she wishes to return to the IEP after completing the BELL course, she would have to take the placement test and place at level 003 or higher.

At your request, the program will generate a certificate upon the conclusion of the course. You will either receive a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Participation. A Certificate of Completion means you have successfully passed the course while a Certificate of Participation means you failed the course. In either case, the certificate will list the course level, classroom hours attended, the semester, term, and year of completion or participation.

Students will take a placement test before registering for classes. Students that are true beginners will not be recommended for placement into the Intensive English program; students that place above the program’s highest level, High-Intermediate (004), will be recommended for the Academic ELL program.

Intensive English-BeginnerEMC-001E

Level 001: The goal of this beginner level course is to provide learners with the basic tools to participate in the English-speaking world. This course will help learners recognize key information in everyday texts and in conversations with others. It will also allow them to produce clear, accurate speech and writing on basic, everyday topics suitable for communicating key information about themselves and their immediate needs and surroundings.

SectionDatesDays and TimesLocationInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-001E-F11Aug 31 - Oct 15
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkIrina Morgunova$1,115
EMC-001E-F21Oct 26 - Dec 17
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkIrina Morgunova$1,115

Intensive English-High BeginnerEMC-002E

Level 002: In this high beginner course, students will be able to understand a larger set of phrases and vocabulary about daily matters, read simple texts on familiar topics, understand high frequency vocabulary, and converse about situations that are familiar and personal to them. Students will be able to write phrases and sentences describing their experiences, and use common grammatical structures to function in daily life.

SectionDatesDays and TimesLocationInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-002E-F11Aug 31 - Oct 15
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkFern Remedi-Brown$1,115
EMC-002E-F21Oct 26 - Dec 17
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkFern Remedi-Brown$1,115

Intensive English-IntermediateEMC-003E

Level 003: The goal of this intermediate level course is to introduce learners to a variety of real-world vocabulary and text in various print and audio media; to help them recognize explicit and implicit meaning and humor; and to train them to generate clear, accurate, well-structured speech and writing on everyday subjects suitable for an increasingly broader range of audiences and purposes.

SectionDatesDays and TimesLocationInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-003E-F11Aug 31 - Oct 15
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkWilliam Ransone$1,115
EMC-003E-F21Oct 26 - Dec 17
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkWilliam Ransone$1,115

Intensive English-High IntermediateEMC-004E

Level 004: In this high intermediate course, students, continuing as independent users of English, will be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. They will be able to interact with a level of fluency that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible. Learners will also be able to produce clear, detailed text on a range of subjects.

SectionDatesDays and TimesLocationInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-004E-F11Aug 31 - Oct 15
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkTBA$1,115
EMC-004E-F11RAug 31 - Oct 15
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkRoberto Villegas$1,115
EMC-004E-F21Oct 26 - Dec 17
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Building: Shuttle Bus / WalkRoberto Villegas$1,115

The achievement scale is based on the Student Learning Outcomes for each level. These outcomes describe what students should be able to do in each of the language skill areas after finishing that level, and represent the program’s achievement scale.

Reading

Level 001

  • Identify the stated main idea and some supporting details within a paragraph.
  • Locate explicit information on simple tables, and in short texts.

Level 002

  • Identify the stated or implied main idea within a multiparagraph text, and how the main idea is supported.
  • Locate explicit information on a multifeature table or graph, and within multiple paragraphs.

Level 003

  • Identify different levels or relationships of stated and implied ideas within lengthy texts.
  • Locate explicit information on a complex table, graph, or diagram and in multiple dense paragraphs.

Level 004C

  • Identify different levels or relationships of stated and implied ideas within lengthy literary texts.
  • Locate explicit information on a complex graphic and in lengthy dense literary text.

Level 004S

  • Identify different levels or relationships of stated and implied ideas within lengthy texts that deal with STEM-oriented content.
  • Locate explicit information on a complex graphic and in lengthy dense text dealing with STEM topics.

Writing

Level 001

  • Write simple texts related to everyday, personal experiences, in which a simple, one- to two-sentence opinion about a familiar topic is expressed.
  • Logically organize words in a sentence to convey an idea or information.

Level 002

  • Write a few connected sentences that make a claim and provide reasoning to support that claim.
  • Introduce a topic, and group related information or details together.

Level 003

  • Write short, paragraph-length texts on familiar topics, which express a clear point of view with reasons and evidence to support particular points, and consider outside opinions.
  • Logically organize ideas and evidence in a short, simple paragraph focused on a single topic.

Level 004C

  • Write multi-paragraph arguments to support claims with clear, logically ordered reasons and evidence from texts.
  • Introduce a topic clearly, and group related information into paragraphs and sections.

Level 004S

  • Write multi-paragraph arguments to support claims with clear, logically ordered reasons and evidence from STEM-focused texts.
  • Introduce a topic clearly, and group related information into paragraphs and sections.

Listening

Level 001

  • Identify the gist of spoken messages on everyday topics comprised of high-frequency vocabulary when spoken slowly, clearly, and with support.

Level 002

  • Identify the main topic and a few key details of simple spoken texts comprised of some specialized vocabulary on high-interest topics when spoken slowly and clearly.

Level 003

  • Summarize the central idea or theme and the key details in a spoken text containing somewhat complex, idiomatic vocabulary when spoken at a moderate rate.

Level 004C

  • Summarize the central ideas and the key concepts, information, and examples in an extended, content-specific speech, with figurative or connotative language when spoken at a moderate rate.

Level 004S

  • Summarize the central ideas and the key concepts, information, and examples in an extended, content-specific speech, with figurative or connotative language when spoken at a moderate rate.

Speaking

Level 001

  • Participate in short social and task-related conversations related to everyday personal life in familiar and supported contexts with limited accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce short spoken text with personally relevant words, simple phrases, and formulaic expressions.

Level 002

  • Provide a short, simple explanation related to expressing needs, feelings, preferences, and conveying information in familiar contexts with some accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce short spoken text with frequently occurring words, phrases, and expressions.

Level 003

  • Carry out speaking tasks hat require a presentation of information and explanation in somewhat familiar contexts with somewhat consistent accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce spoken text of moderate length with common content-specific words and phrases.

Level 004C

  • Carry out speaking tasks that require making a point by synthesizing ideas in somewhat formal (academic) or unsupported contexts with mostly consistent accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce lengthy spoken text with academic and content-specific words and phrases.

Level 004S

  • Carry out speaking tasks that require making a point with evidence and reasoning in somewhat formal (academic) or unsupported contexts with mostly consistent accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce lengthy spoken text with academic and content-specific words and phrases.

Grammar

Level 001

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 002

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 003

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 004C

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 004S

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

The Language Institute Intensive English Program is Accredited by the CEA

Accredited by CEA

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