English Language Programs: American Language Center

Intensive English Communication Program (IECP)

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The Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) is designed for students who want to improve their English communication skills for personal and professional purposes.

This full-time program helps students build confidence in their ability to communicate and engage with people from around the world for business, travel, friendship, and social networking.

Why the IECP at UCLA Extension?

  • Focus on English speaking and communication skills 
  • Improve pronunciation, spoken grammar, and listening comprehension
  • Gain confidence in your ability to communicate with native speakers
  • Visit locations outside the classroom to deepen your learning

 How to Apply

Teaching Approach

  • Emphasis on listening and speaking skills.
  • Interactive classroom activities: pair and group work, panel discussions, and communication games.
  • Class activities build vocabulary used in everyday situations, listening comprehension, fluency, and confidence in speaking English.
  • Multimedia and internet-based lessons and short field trips to reinforce classroom material.

Course Length

  • 4-week or 12-week sessions, and one 3-week session in early September.
  • Students can enroll for 4 weeks, 8 weeks, or 12 weeks per quarter, for up to 9 consecutive quarters (with new study material in each 4-week session)
  • Classes typically meet Monday through Thursday for a total of 20 class sessions (50 minutes each) per week.

Our 12-week immersive English communication program ("iTwelve") is available in fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students participate in engaging English language immersion lessons and activities. 

During summer quarter, we offer an 11-week immersive English program. "Summer11" is for students who want to both study and participate in weekend trips and activities throughout Southern California.  

Minimum Age
Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Proficiency
Minimum English skills must be above basic vocabulary knowledge and above basic spoken communication skills.

F-1 Visa
If you are coming from another country to study in the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP), you will need a student F-1 visa. Visitors to the U.S. on tourist visas, B-1 or B-2 visas, who are not eligible for IECP may join the American Communication and Culture course.

How to apply.

The program begins with a face-to-face interview with an IECP teacher to evaluate each student’s English speaking and listening comprehension level. The interview results are combined with grammar and listening test scores to place students in one of three English skill levels: Intermediate Prep, Intermediate, and Advanced.

 

Mornings

Learn integrated skills in a variety of topics.

Students choose 2 or 3 courses from Academic, Business, and Culture and study each twice a week at their level.

Academic

  • Discussion
  • Grammar Focus
  • Idioms
  • Movie Class
  • Survival English*
  • Vocabulary

Business

  • Advertising
  • Business Communication
  • Marketing
  • World Business

Culture

  • America Through Television
  • Media Studies
  • Pop Culture Discussion
  • Movies and Idioms


Afternoons

Focused instruction and skills practice to improve spoken English. 

Students choose from 1 of 5 courses: Spoken Communication, Written Communication, Discover L.A., Campus Explorer, or TOEFL iBT Prep. 

Spoken Communication Skills
All levels

Learn pronunciation strategies, use music and game-based pronunciation activities, use specific grammar forms to develop correct speaking habits, and sharpen conversation skills. Each student will give a 3-5 minute presentation (speech) to classmates about an interesting part of their personal life, business, family, or culture. Consists of two afternoons of pronunciation and two afternoons of conversational grammar.

Written Communication Skills
All levels

Practical writing class: Improve your basic writing skills by studying and using accurate writing styles, while focusing on the grammar used for everyday situations such as: writing notes, email, formal letters, and essays. 

Reading and listening class: Improve the connection between written and spoken English by reading aloud, listening, and analyzing various written materials. Spelling and phonetics are also covered in this class.

Discover L.A.
All levels

Build a social networking website using blogs, photos, and video, including a narrated slide of your Los Angeles experiences. Includes studying about and visiting four locations: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Venice Beach, and the Getty Center.

Note: Additional $25 fee for professional tours.

TOEFL iBT Preparation 
High-Intermediate and Advanced levels only

Learn internet based TOEFL (iBT) test-taking procedures and strategies. You will increase your listening, reading, and speaking skills, and learn techniques for understanding, summarizing, and explaining main ideas. This class meets four afternoons a week.

Campus Explorer
Intermediate and Advanced levels only

This is an online, in-the-field social networking class in which students improve their English communication while visiting the UCLA campus to study, research and learn about the history, people, landmarks, educational structure and culture of UCLA. Students will act as tour guides introducing people to interesting campus locations and will interview students and officials. They can audit an on-campus UCLA class, attend a special seminar, and campus events. This class meets once a week in a computer lab and three times a week at various campus locations, with the students and teacher always staying in touch online.

Note: Not all topics are offered every session

Sample Schedule: Intermediate Level

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9am-12pm

Academic Topics:

Grammar Focus,
Discussion

Culture Topics:

America Through Television, Idioms & Slang

Academic Topics:

Survival English, Movies, Vocabulary

Culture Topics:

Pop Culture Discussion, Media Studies

12-1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1-3pm Pronunciation Grammar/Conversation Pronunciation Grammar/Conversation
3-4:30pm Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab

Note: Exact class times may vary. Classes are scheduled on Friday as needed.

Contact the American Language Center

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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