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180 N Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601, USA

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350 E Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL 60090 USA

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Intensive English Program (IEP)

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The SOLEX College Intensive English Program (IEP) offers students an extraordinary opportunity to learn English in an immersive environment. Our courses are 100% instructor led and feature small class sizes to allow maximum student-teacher interaction. We offer courses on a rolling schedule, starting once a month across our locations. The Intensive English Program runs four days a week for 18 hours/week. You will receive an ESL (English as a Second Language) Certificate upon completion (648 hours are required). Prepare to become comfortable with the English language and receive an ESL certificate.

 At both our SOLEX locations, your study of English will go beyond the classroom. The surrounding Chicago area provides students with an exceptional opportunity to fully immerse themselves in English. Chicago provides a vibrant and exciting background with world renowned art, culture and entertainment venues that will enrich your study of the English language. Wheeling is located in the heart of Chicago’s prestigious northern suburbs and is a diverse and dynamic community distinguished by its unique balance of stores, restaurants and residential neighborhoods. Commuters benefit from easy access to the Metra rail service on the North Central Line via the Wheeling Metra Station. Wheeling Park District and Cook County Forest Preserve also provide opportunities for recreation and contact with nature.

Tuition 2015/16

Price includes: course tuition, testing fee, books, use of computer labs, handout photocopies.

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What’s offered? (See full descriptions here)

 Our IEP Stage I courses are divided into six levels of English proficiency. Whether you are just beginning to learn English or want to build on your foundation, you will find the right class offering to meet your needs.

Level 1 (Low Beginner): This course is for students who are beginning to read and write in English. Students learn to write sentences, practice spelling, read easy stories, and increase their vocabulary.
Level 2 (High Beginner): In this level, students will be able to identify specific details and main ideas in simpler written material. Students also begin to learn the American writing format while using a variety of sentence forms. Most importantly, students gain vocabulary to be able to speak and be understood.
Level 3 (Low Intermediate): In this course, low intermediate students reinforce beginning skills and are introduced to increasingly complicated materials to improve proficiency across the fours skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Level 4 ( High Intermediate) : This course helps high intermediate students expand their critical thinking, pronunciation, reading, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students will organize abstract thoughts in both written and oral communications.
Level 5 (Low Advanced): Emphasis is on accurate use and comprehension of advanced grammar and vocabulary in authentic conversation. Negotiating meaning and responding to native language interactions and informal situations is practiced. Writing exercises will focus five paragraph essays across writing styles.
Level 6 (High Advanced): This course helps high advanced students refine and practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is on speaking extemporaneously, use of metaphors and idioms, and identifying intent and emotions by recognizing tone, content and word usage.

Our IEP Stage II courses are offered to students who have successfully completed Level 6 of our Intensive English Program - Stage I or for students who have achieved high scores on their Solex placement test. There are many courses that students can take advantage of in order to prepare them academically for an American University experience or to prepare them for professional careers requiring a high-level, near-native English Speaker.

TOEFL Preparation: Students will receive training on how to successfully negotiate the format and content areas and will gain the experience needed for taking the TOEFL exam.
American Literature I: Students will receive an introduction to American Literature by reading selected short stories by classic and contemporary writers.
American Literature II : In this second half of American Literature, students will read a selection of classic and contemporary American stories and then view cinematic versions of them.
Business English I : Advanced students will be acquiring an overall understanding of language and basic concepts of business and economics.
Business English II – Marketing: In this course, students will strengthen their understanding of business concepts such as research, product development, branding, public relations, advertising and promotion.
English for Medical Purposes: This course is designed to improve the communications skills and specialist English knowledge of practicing Healthcare Professionals, enabling them to prepare more confidently and effectively.
American Studies I - History: This course is designed to improve academic skills and provide practical information about American history to advanced level ESL students.
American Studies II – Culture: This course is designed to improve academic skills and provide practical information about American culture to advanced ESL students.
Academic Writing I – Research: This advanced-level course provides students with the skills necessary to write academic essays and research papers.
Academic Writing II - Creative Writing: This advanced-level course will give the student an introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, from prose fiction to poetry.
Public Speaking: Public Speaking & Presentations is designed to familiarize students with rhetoric as the basis for personal presentation and speech. The course will help students become more comfortable and adept at speaking publicly in a number of different forums.
Grammar through editing: The objective of this class is to prepare students who have been enrolled in an advanced writing course to write using advanced grammatical structures and to gain practice in editing their own and others’ written work in English.

IEP Mission Statement

The central mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Solex College is to provide high quality English as a second language (ESL) instruction and orientation in U.S. culture to international students, professionals and other non-native speakers by means of an intensive English program of the highest quality and at the best value.  To achieve this mission, the IEP pursues the following goals:

  • Improve the English language and study skills of international students in preparation for study at an American college or university, or for personal or professional purposes.
  • Provide students with the cultural knowledge and awareness necessary to transition from life and study in their own countries to that in the U.S.
  • Adhere to the highest standards of English language instruction by attracting and developing talented and experienced faculty.
  • Develop an intellectual atmosphere in which professional development is supported, valued and pursued by all faculty.
  • Provide student support and administrative services.

Intensive English Program (IEP) Disclosure

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    23.0101 [English and Literature, General] for ESL and TESOL programs

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