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NEEDS ASSESSMENT - Our curriculum meets your needs

Needs assessment is the starting point for the ELC curriculum. Needs assessment is a process of learning about students in order to develop a curriculum that best meets their needs. The ELC needs assessment has three stages:

 1. Pre-course needs assessment

Students’ English language proficiencies are assessed through a Skype video interview before they arrive and the iTEP Academic-Plus Exam once they arrive on campus. Students are then placed into one of four levels.


2. Initial needs assessment

During the first week of classes, ELC instructors will learn about:

   Students’ backgrounds and interests

   Students’ language learning experiences (including styles and strategies)

   Students’ language learning goals and expectations

 

 3. Ongoing needs assessment

Needs assessments continue throughout each semester and include:

   Student journals in which students reflect on their learning

   Conferencing with teachers

 

CURRICULUM ORGANIZATION

The ELC curriculum is organized into four levels:


Foundations - Level 1

Foundations is for students with high beginning English proficiencies. Students who successfully complete this level have achieved an elementary level of proficiency.

Elementary - Level 2

Elementary is for students with elementary English proficiencies. Students who successfully complete this level have achieved an intermediate level of proficiency.

Intermediate - Level 3

Intermediate is for students with intermediate English proficiencies. Students who successfully complete this level have achieved a high intermediate level of proficiency.

Millikin Bridge - Level 4
Millikin Bridge is for students with high intermediate English proficiencies. Students who successfully complete this level have achieved a low advanced level of proficiency.

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