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Intensive English Programme
Intensive English Programme
KKP0027
Overview

The Intensive English Programme (IEP) is a course specifically designed to cater to students’ proficiency needs in the English Language. The programme equips students with the necessary skills to enable them to write and communicate well in English when they embark on their tertiary education at First City University College.

 

The comprehensive content and carefully-designed programme structure emphasize general and academic English skills through modules such as Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. In addition to the four basic modules, students also have the privilege of studying additional modules such as Grammar and Conversational English which will further strengthen their foundation in the language.

 

The higher levels (Level 3 and Level 4) of the programme will prepare students to sit for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam which meets the language entry requirement for many higher education institutions worldwide. Students will be exposed to the effective test-taking strategies and time management skills needed to be able to perform well in the test within a short duration of 3 to 6 months.

 

At every level of the programme, students will sit for a progress test in Week 5 and a final test in Week 11 of the programme. IELTS Preparatory Workshops can also be arranged upon request at any point in the programme to further reinforce the skills and strategies needed for the students to perform well in the IELTS exam.

 

All applicants for the Intensive English Programme are required to sit for an English Placement Test at the point of entry in order to determine their appropriate placement level so that they can achieve the required IELTS band score as early as possible. For example, students who are placed in the Higher Basic Level after the English Placement Test may need only 6 months to achieve the IELTS band score of 5.0.

 

There are 4 levels to benchmark the Intensive English Programme against the IELTS Band Scores as per the table below:

 

Level IELTS Band Score Equivalency Duration (Months)*
1 Lower Basic Level 1.0 – 2.5 3
2 Higher Basic Level 2.5 – 3.5 3
3 Intermediate Level 3.5 – 5.0 3
4 Advanced Level 5.0 – 6.5 3

*24 -26 hours/ per week (depending on the level)

Learning Outcome

This programme will enrich your proficiency in the language as you will improve in all the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing, in minimal time. Your grasp on grammar and vocabulary will also be enhanced significantly to suit the requirements of pursuing higher education.

 

At the start of the programme, you will be evaluated based on a placement test, after which you will be placed in one of four different levels. Whether it be Lower Basic, Higher Basic, Intermediate or Advanced, First City UC will ensure that you maximise your potential of communicating in the English language.

 

Upon completion of the programme, students should:

 

  • be able to show a good command of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • be able to communicate effectively in social and academic situations
  • be interested in the language and improving their skills/ knowledge of the language
  • be well-equipped with the standard of language required for IELTS and higher education
Course Structure

The following are the learning modules:

 

 

Lower Basic Level

 

 

Higher Basic Level

 

 

Intermediate Level

 

 

Advanced Level

 

 

Grammar

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Vocabulary and Reading

Conversational English

 

Grammar

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Vocabulary and Reading

Conversational English

 

Academic Reading

Academic Writing

Listening

Speaking

Conversational English

Academic Reading

Academic Writing

Listening

Speaking

 

Intake
Oct 2018, Jan 2019, Apr 2019, Jul 2019
Duration
1 Year
Study Mode
On-Campus
Career Outcome

This programme equips students with the necessary language skills to prepare them for undergraduate studies. It is also a passport to obtain success and career mobility in the work market.

Entry Requirement

SPM / UEC / GCE O’LEVEL or EQUIVALENT