IEP Structure

IEP offers two semesters of instruction in receptive skills and productive skills. In each of semester I and semester II, students are required to attend 15 instructional hours per week: 7.5 hours of combined reading and listening classes and 7.5 hours of combined writing and speaking classes. Grammar and vocabulary instruction are included in both receptive and productive skills classes.

The length of time required to complete the Intensive English Program varies with the language ability, background, and performance of the student in his/her studies. Students who enter the program require one or two semesters to complete the objectives and attain the necessary skills for admission into the degree programs of the University.

The IEP faculty is qualified, trained, and experienced in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), specifically for academic purposes (EAP). The program delivers the curriculum by applying a range of pedagogical strategies appropriate for learners of English as a second language. These strategies are inclusive of communicative language learning & cognitive academic language learning approaches. Class enrollment capacity is controlled to provide optimal learning and teaching within groups and on a one-on-one basis.

Certificate of completion provides proof of English language skills to undergraduate admissions. Students who complete Level 2 with a grade of 70% (C-) or above for each of the two components (receptive and productive skills) are exempt from the English placement test and TOEFL exam required for post-secondary programs at the American University of Kuwait.

Student achievement is assessed regularly. Practice tests, presentations, reports, written assignments, short quizzes, midterms, and final examinations are given to assess students’ progress in the program.

The courses are weighted according to their importance as follows:

 
100% Receptive Skills
100% Productive Skills

Satisfactory completion of a level is determined by a semester grade average of 70% (C-) or better for each of the two components (receptive and productive skills). Credits earned cannot be used for graduation.

Successful completion of the Intensive English Program indicates that the student satisfies the University English proficiency requirements for placement into undergraduate courses.

Students enrolled in Level 2 of the Intensive English Program will receive advising assistance from the Academic Advising Center to facilitate a smooth transition to the undergraduate program.

Intensive English classes meet five times a week, Sunday through Thursday. Because of the intensive nature of the program, regular attendance by students in all courses is expected and required. The IEP adheres to the University’s policy on attendance. The University policy on class attendance is as follows:

  • Students are expected to attend all classes, laboratories, and/or required fieldwork. Excessive absences prevent students from receiving full course benefits and disrupt orderly course progress.
  • It is at the instructor’s discretion whether to give substitute assignments or examinations to absent students.
  • Instructors are expected to maintain attendance records and to draw the student’s attention to attendance requirements.
  • If the student misses 15% in any one or combination of classes (whichever comes first) for any rea- son, and the student’s grade is below 70% at that time, the student may fail the level. If the student has not withdrawn by the last withdrawal date, the student may receive a final grade FN (Failure for Non-Attendance).
  • Students who withdraw from a course receive a grade of W.
  • Students cannot withdraw from the IEP semester after the announced deadline, unless approved by the appropriate academic dean (see Withdrawal section in the catalog).
  • Instructors are requested to consider excusing the absence of students in the following cases: 
    • Documented inpatient medical care, death of an immediate family member, academic instructional activities, or national athletic activities. If excused, students are required to satisfy all coursework due or assigned during their absence, as determined by the course instructor.

Student achievement is assessed regularly. Practice tests, presentations, reports, written assignments, short quizzes, midterms, and final examinations are given to assess students’ progress in their Intensive English courses. Advancement within the Intensive English Program and from the IEP to the undergraduate program requires a grade of 70% (C-) or better.

A student is placed on academic probation at the end of the semester in which he/she fails a semester of IEP. A student on probation is required to participate in academic success initiatives. A student on probation is required to repeat the IEP semester that he/she failed. IEP academic standing does not carry over when a student is admitted to the undergraduate program. 
   
Initial Probation 
A student will be placed on initial probation at the end of the first semester (fall, spring, or summer) when his/her semester score falls below 70. A student on initial probation is required to repeat the semester that he/she failed. 

Final Probation 
A student will be placed on final probation at the end of the second consecutive semester (fall, spring, or summer) in which he/she fails the semester of IEP. A student on final probation is required to repeat the IEP semester he/she failed.

Removal of Academic Probation 
If at the end of the semester while on either probation, the student passes the semester, he/she is returned to good standing.

Academic Dismissal 
Students who fail the same semester (semester I or II) for three consecutive semesters will be academically dismissed from IEP. Academically dismissed students should remain dismissed for a period of one semester and may again seek readmission to AUK-IEP after this period of dismissal.