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The school runs a two-semester intensive program placing emphasis on basic communication skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. To successfully finish the program at the EPS, the students are required to reach B2 level as indicated.


The curriculum at English Preparatory School is fashioned to bring the level of students to the basic minimum required for study in their chosen faculties.


Students are placed in four groups (A1, A2, B1, and B2) according to the score they have achieved in the placement test with CEFR (Common European Framework) reference levels. These foreign language proficiency scales are accompanied by a detailed analysis of communicative contexts, themes, tasks and purposes.


The EPS recognizes the need to constantly evaluate and renew itself so as to better meet the needs of the students. It focuses on the areas of core syllabus specification, content-based instruction, academic reading and writing, computer based language learning.


The EPS program is comprised of 4 levels:

  • Beginner-Elementary (A1)
  • Pre - Intermediate(A2)
  • Intermediate(B1)
  • Upper-Intermediate(B2)

A level group is opened if there are a minimum of 10 students enrolled.


Students receive a weekly course load of up to 28 hours and a total of 224-320 hours education per level.


Students in the 1st group complete 4 levels (A1, A2, B1, and B2). Each level is completed in 8 weeks with 28 hours weekly.


Students in the 2nd group complete 3 levels (A2, B1, and B2). A2 and B1 levels are completed in 8 weeks with 28 hours weekly while B2 level is completed in 16 weeks with 20 hours weekly.


Students in the 3rd group complete 3 levels (B1, and B2). Each level is completed in 16 weeks with 20 hours weekly.


Students in the 4th group complete B2 level in 16 weekswith 20 hours weekly.

 

Groups

1st Group

2nd Group

3rd Group

4th Group

Periods

Levels

Weekly Hours

Levels

Weekly Hours

Levels

Weekly Hours

Levels

Weekly Hours

Fall Semester

1st quarter

A1

28

A2

28

B1

20

B2

20

2nd quarter

A2

B1

Spring Semester

1st quarter

B1

B2

20

B2

20

 

2nd quarter

B2

 

To successfully finish the program at the EPS, students are primarily required to attend classes without exceeding the absenteeism limit, which is 15 % of the study hours, and achieve a Yearly Achievement

Grade of 60 to have the right to register in their own departments. Yearly Achievement Grade is calculated on the basis of Level Achievement Grades and a Final Test for all.


In order to graduate from Prep School, student must successfully complete the all the following levels.


1. Top Notch Fundamentals: for true beginners or false beginners who need a review
2. Top Notch 1: for false beginners or for students who have completed Top Notch Fundamentals
3. Top Notch 2: for high-beginning students
4. Top Notch 3: for low-intermediate students
5. Summit 1: for high-intermediate students

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY LEVEL BECHMARKS

Level 1—False Beginning
A student shall be classified level 1 if the student does not understand or speak English with the exception of a few isolated words or expressions.

Level 2—Beginning
A student shall be classified level 2 if all of the following criteria are met:
(a) The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with hesitancy and difficulty.
(b) The student understands parts of lessons and simple directions.
(c) The student is at a pre-emergent or emergent level of reading and writing in English, significantly below grade level.

Level 3—Pre-Intermediate
A student shall be classified level 3 if all of the following criteria are met:
(a) The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with decreasing hesitancy and difficulty.
(b) The student is post-emergent, developing reading comprehension and writing skills in English.
(c) The student’s English literacy skills allow the student to demonstrate academic knowledge in content areas with assistance.

Level 4— Intermediate
A student shall be classified level 4 if all of the following criteria are met:
(a) The student understands and speaks conversational English without apparent difficulty, but understands and speaks academic English with some hesitancy.
(b) The student continues to acquire reading and writing skills in content areas needed to achieve department level expectations with assistance.

Level 5— Upper- Intermediate
A student shall be classified level 5 if all of the following criteria are met:
(a) The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English well.
(b) The student is near proficient in reading, writing, and content area skills needed to meet grade level expectations.
(c) The student requires occasional support.
(b) The student reads, writes, speaks and comprehends English within academic classroom settings.