College of the Extended University

CPELI Intensive English Program

English Language Programs

Program Overview

  • Six Levels from beginner to advanced
  • Placement Test upon arrival which includes an oral interview and a writing test
  • 8-week courses offered five times a year (see important dates)
  • Classes include: Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills
  • Students must be prepared to attend 20 hours of class Monday through Friday

Who Should Apply?

Students who are interested in:

  • Preparing for study at a U.S. university
  • Preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS
  • Conditonal Admission to Cal Poly Pomona
  • Improving their English for future studies or a career
  • Experiencing fun activities and American culture while learning English 

Program Highlights

  • University Admissions Advising
  • Experienced, enthusiastic, and highly qualified instructors
  • Access to Cal Poly Pomona campus, such as dining and the gym
  • TOEFL and IELTS Preparation Courses
  • TOEFL and IELTS Waiver to Cal Poly Pomona (undergraduates only)
  • Conversation Practice with Cal Poly Pomona students
  • Social Activities, for example:
    • Disneyland
    • Universal Studios
    • Southern California beaches
    • Sports games
    • Picnics 
    • Fun Socials

1. CORE CLASSES

Students are enrolled in 2 core classes of 10 hours each. Sample descriptions are below:

 

LISTENING & SPEAKING

This is an integrated English class that stresses listening, spoken communication, and collaborative learning. 

 

READING, WRITING, & GRAMMAR

This course is closely coordinated with Core Class #1. Students focus on developing academic writing skills, improving their reading fluency, and developing their vocabulary and structure.

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2. CURRICULUM

Level

Student Learning Objectives

Level Criteria

1

  • Expand vocabulary
  • Achieve fluency in basic conversational English
  • Expand listening skills through a variety of activities
  • Develop and practice basic academic skills that help students learn more effectively
  • Read and follow dialogues and directions
  • Write a loosely organized paragraphs with legible handwriting
  • Edit for capitalization, sentence punctuation, and correct spelling
  • Write simple sentences about past, present, and future using correct verb forms
  • Form and answer “why” and “yes/no” questions

To receive a Level 1 Certificate, you must have:

  • iTEP Score: 1 or higher
  • LSR Class Grade: 70% or higher
  • WG Class Grade: 70 % or higher

2

  • Practice and become comfortable with a variety of reading styles
  • Expand practical and academic vocabulary
  • Practice and become comfortable speaking in front of others in a variety of manners and under various circumstances
  • Expand listening skills through a variety of modes
  • Write simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Write, organize, and develop academic paragraphs
  • Locate errors in writing and revise paragraphs
  • Use appropriate verb tenses
  • Understand the parts of speech

To receive a Level 2 Certificate, you must have:

  • iTEP Score: 1.5 or higher
  • LSR Class Grade: 70% or higher
  • WG Class Grade: 70 % or higher

3

  • Develop listening and speaking skills at an intermediate level through both classroom tasks and interaction with English speakers outside the classroom
  • Use formal presentation skills suitable for an academic setting
  • Improve reading comprehension and speed through reading strategies and personal and timed reading
  • Increase both general and academic vocabulary
  • Raise note taking awareness
  • Compose simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Compose five paragraph essays using generating strategies on a variety of topics using adequate support
  • Identify writing errors and revise for clarity and accuracy
  • Control grammatical and mechanical features in their writing
  • Make use of adjective and adverb clauses and phrases
  • Compose paragraphs and essays under time constraints

To receive a Level 3 Certificate, you must have:

  • iTEP Score: 2.5 or higher
  • LSR Class Grade: 70% or higher
  • WG Class Grade: 70 % or higher

4

  • Utilize vocabulary building skills including learning word prefixes, suffixes, and roots
  • Participate in academic forms of public speaking and debate
  • Identify and utilize over 150 new academic words
  • Identify social nuances of the English language and modify appropriately
  • Take notes from various mediums and apply such skills to relevant course material
  • Write formal college-level essays
  • Communicate clearly through the use of appropriate grammar and sentence structure
  • Develop the ability to use direct quotes, paraphrase, and summarize information
  • Extend reading and written vocabulary
  • Develop reading comprehension and fluency through timed, extensive, and intensive reading

To receive a Level 4 Certificate, you must have:

  • iTEP Score: 3 or higher
  • LS Class Grade: 70% or higher

RW Class Grade: 70 % or higher

5

  • Understand academic lectures, take complete and effective notes for review, and ask for clarification during lectures where appropriate
  • Develop the ability to summarize and paraphrase information, synthesize information from a variety of sources into a comprehensible whole, and present this through informal/formal discussion in a logical manner
  • Present research in an academic manner
  • Develop question-asking skills in order to seek clarification during various classroom activities, actively and confidently take part in class discussions and problem solving assignments, and present oral reports based on both short readings and comprehensive research
  • Building and retaining vocabulary in written and spoken English in a variety of settings
  • Acquire rhetorical forms that are essential to an effective American essay
  • Communicate clearly through the use of appropriate grammar and sentence structure
  • Extend reading and written vocabulary
  • Develop reading comprehension of different types of writing from a variety of sources
  • Develop the ability to summarize and paraphrase information, to synthesize information from a variety of sources, and to write both brief and extensive essay responses

To receive a Level 5 Certificate, you must have:

  • iTEP Score: 3.5 or higher
  • LS Class Grade: 70% or higher

RW Class Grade: 70 % or higher

6

  • Understand complex academic and field-specific lectures, take complete and effective notes for review, and ask for clarification during lectures where appropriate
  • Develop the ability to incorporate and synthesize content of academic listening material into formal presentations
  • Present research on professional, academic, field-specific and/or controversial topics with effective references to outside sources
  • Demonstrate question-asking skills in order to seek clarification during various classroom activities, actively and confidently take part in class discussions and problem solving assignments, and present oral reports based on both short readings and comprehensive research
  • Utilize academic and field-specific vocabulary to express precise meaning
  • Master rhetorical strategies that are essential to composing research-based academic essays and reports
  • Further refine the ability to summarize and synthesize information from journal articles and other accepted academic sources
  • Communicate clearly through the use of appropriate grammar and sentence structure
  • Construct a literature review of a discipline specific topic.
  • Correctly utilize field specific vocabulary.
  • Apply research to analyze and offer suggestions to solve field specific problems.
  • Critique research by evaluating research methods, analyzing results, and conducting follow-up research. 

To receive a Level 6 Certificate, you must have:

  • LS Class Grade: 70% or higher
  • RW Class Grade: 70 % or higher

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3. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

CPELI students are required to attend at least 80% of all classes and complete every course to the satisfaction of the instructor. If a student falls below this 80% threshold, he or she will be at risk of being out-of-status.

Students will be marked absent anytime they do not attend class regardless of reason. A student may be absent without losing status if the cause of the absence is:

• Severe Illness • Accident • Family emergency

Students must provide documentation such as a doctor’s note or police report for any of the above for the absence to be excused. This documentation should be given to the front office. Doctor’s notes will only be accepted on the first day a student returns to class after the period of absence. Students who exceed three days of absence per term for medical reasons will be placed under consideration for reduced course load per SEVP regulations. Additional medical documentation may be required for students to be placed on reduced course load.

Absence for any other reason will be considered unexcused and will be recorded as such on the student’s attendance record.

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4. SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Levels 1-4 Sample Schedule
TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:00 - 9:50

Listening & Speaking

Listening & Speaking

Listening & Speaking

Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking
9:50 - 10:00 Break Break Break Break Break
10:00 - 11:50

Reading, Writing, Grammar

Reading, Writing, Grammar

Reading, Writing, Grammar

Reading, Writing, Grammar Reading, Writing, Grammar
12:30 - 1:30

Break

Optional Conversation Club Break

Optional Activities

Break



Levels 5-6 Sample Schedule
TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:00 - 9:50 Academic Writing Advanced Grammar Academic Writing Advanced Grammar Academic Writing
9:50 - 10:20 Break Break
10:30 - 11:50 Advanced Electives Advanced Electives Writing Lab Advanced Electives Advanced Electives
11:50 - 12:20 Break
12:30 - 1:30 Break Optional Conversation Club Activities Break


*Examples of Advanced Electives include: Contemporary American Topics, Films and their Stories, Critical Listening and Speaking for University Success, Preparing for University, etc.

 

Supplemental Classes (Optional)
TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:30 - 10:20 Regular Classes Regular Classes Regular Classes Regular Classes Regular Classes
10:20 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:30
12:45 - 1:00 Break Break Break Break Break
1:00 - 2:20 Test Prep Test Prep

 

*Test Prep is an optional class that prepares students for TOEFL and IELTS tests. Students pay an additional fee for this class.

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