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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/celp/curriculum.html

Intensive English Program Eligibility

Our Intensive English Program (IEP) is open to students who completed high school and score:

  • between 20 and 60 on the TOEFL iBT test; or
  • between 340 and 499 on the TOEFL PBT test; or
  • between 3.5 and 5.0 on the IELTS test.

Intensive English Program Courses

  • Our Intensive English Program (IEP) is semester based.
  • For the first semester, you will be placed in one of the following four levels depending on your TOEFL or IELTS test score. The program has four levels beginning at beginner level requiring a minimum TOEFL IBT of 20, TOEFL PBT of 340, or IELTS 3.5.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Levels: Students in the beginner, low-intermediate, and high-intermediate levels receive 20 hours per week of English language instruction. To advance to the next level within the IEP, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.0.
  • Advanced Level: Students in the advanced level enroll for 20 hours of courses, including 4 credits of general education courses that count toward a student's undergraduate degree. 
  • IEP students can achieve regular admission by successfully completing the advanced level with a B+ average, or by obtaining a score of 500 or more on our Institutional TOEFL exam (ITP) that is given to all IEP students at the end of each semester, or by independently obtaining a score of 61 or more on the TOEFL iBT or a 5.5 on the IELTS. 

Advanced Level

*Students receive regular admission after successful completion of the advanced level.

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL PBT

IELTS

54-60

480-499

5.0

 4 English Courses
  • Reading and Writing Skills
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Grammar
  • Special Topics
16 hours per week
General Education Courses 4 credits/hours per week*

* Those 4 credits are counted toward your undergraduate degree when you become a fully admitted student.

High-Intermediate Level

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL PBT

IELTS

47-53

455-479

4.5

5 English Courses
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing Skills
  • Grammar
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Special Topics
20 hours per week

Low-Intermediate Level

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL PBT

IELTS

31-46

400-454

4.0

5 English Courses
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing Skills
  • Grammar
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Special Topics
20 hours per week

Beginner Level

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL PBT

IELTS

20-30

340-399

3.5

5 English Courses
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing Skills
  • Grammar
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Special Topics
20 hours per week

Language Partners Tutoring Program

Tutoring Photo

In addition to taking language coures, you will meet with an MSU student, a Language Partner from the Honors Program, for two hours each week outside of class for conversation practice on cross-cultural topics.  Your Language Partner will also help you practice strategies for understanding lectures, reading academic texts, planning essays, reviewing assignments, and preparing for the TOEFL test.  Your partner also serves as a campus guide to help you learn how to access academic support systems available at MSU and engage in social activities.

 

University Orientation and Social Activities

University Orientation and Social Activities Photo

IEP students will be introduced to the American university system and become familiar with its styles of instruction and academic expectations. There will also be opportunities to participate in social events and activities both on campus and off campus.