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English Language Courses
English is the single official medium of communication at IUJ. Thus, prior to their entrance to IUJ, all IUJ students are fluent enough in the English language in order to matriculate in graduate-level courses. However, the English Language Program offers first year courses to those students who need to develop their academic English skills when they join IUJ. In addition, second year optional courses are offered to students who wish to further develop their English language skills.
The following types of English language classes are offered:
Intensive English Program (IEP)
This is an eight-week program, offered from mid-July to mid-September before entrance to the all program. The IEP provides 23 hours of classes (focusing on academic writing, reading, listening/note-taking and oral presentation/discussion skills), and requires about 30 hours of homework per week. There is also a full calendar of social and sporting activities, which combine to make the IEP a complete international English experience.
Academic English I, II, and III
These three courses offer first year students opportunities to develop their basic academic writing skills. The courses, sequenced through the fall, winter, and spring terms, develop grammatical accuracy, vocabulary, and organization skills. Students write paragraphs, short essays, descriptive summaries and critical analyses, and do limited practice in documentation skills. During the spring term course (Academic English III), students have the option to work on writing (or preparing ) their thesis.
English for Thesis Writing I and II
These are second year courses offered during the fall and winter terms to non-native speakers of English.
They build on the first year courses and cover writing skills students need more specifically for their research theses in their programs. The focus is on grammatical accuracy, precise style, logical flow, and accurate documentation. The winter term course includes short oral presentations.
English for Professional Communication
This is for second year students who want to improve their professional level oral communication in English. The class will focus on skills for speaking, listening, oral presentations and discussion.