Culture and Intensive English Program

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What do we do?

 

The primary goal of the UNI CIEP is to improve our students’ ability to communicate in English. We do this through speaking and listening practice in all classes, not just listening/speaking classes. We also work with students to improve specific skills in grammar, writing, listening, speaking, and reading. The CIEP does this by teaching students the skills and strategies that will help them use English both academically and socially. There are many opportunities for students to practice these skills outside of the classroom with roommates, conversation partners, other university students, and community members. 


Another important part of the CIEP is learning about American academic culture and popular culture. We closely relate English language instruction with American cultural experiences because you cannot use a language well if you do not understand the society and culture in which it is used. It is also difficult to study and work in the United States if you are not proficient in the English language. The CIEP works very closely with students to find the best opportunities for them to learn about the English language and American culture.


The CIEP is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) under the authority of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The CEA regularly reviews and regulates standards for intensive English programs wishing to be accredited.
 

 

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