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Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is for both students who are not yet able to function freely in the English Language and for advanced students who must engage in full time English study before continuing to degree-related work.  Ohio Northern provides 8 Levels of instruction that give students the ability to be successful in university classrooms, and increase their English abilities to an iBT (TOEFL) score of 61 or higher and a CEFR (Common European Framework of Languages) Level of B2.

The Intensive English Program has 5 seven-week terms for Levels 1-6 each academic year including summers. Students enroll in 10 to 12 credit hours per term (5-6 courses) and are in class from 20 to 24 hours per week.  Additional work is assigned outside of class.   Advanced students who require full time English study can take Levels 7 and 8 without other academic study to advance toward full academic work.  Levels 7 and 8 are semester long courses in Reading and Vocabulary, Listening and Speaking, Grammar and Writing.

For official start dates for Fall and Spring semester of 2016-2017 and Summer 2017, see the calendar. 

The Advantages of the Intensive English Program

  • Seven week terms allow a student to move ahead as language skills improve
  • Classes are small and instructors are ready to help students one-on-one when requested
  • The learning goals for each level are clearly stated so students know what they will be learning.
  • Classroom lessons are helped with program activities outside of class.

How does the Intensive English Program Work?

New students are put into their first courses by placement test, given when they arrive.  Students then advance through the levels of the IEP by successfully completing courses at each level and earning a GPA of at least 2.2.

At the completion of Level 5, most students graduate into the International Scholar Transition Program (ISTP) and College Composition Program, begin academic studies, and are fully admitted to the university. Students who complete Level 5 at the midsemester point (October or March), are enrolled in a Gateway Level to complete the semester since ISTP courses are semester length. The Gateway Level provides students with an opportunity to practice the academic English skills and perhaps enter the ISTP in the higher sequence of courses.  Students who must remain in full time English studies continue with the IEP but take courses at the ISTP level to achieve the appropriate admission score.


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English Language Programs
Dukes Memorial 228
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed