The program consists of language training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. During the afternoon class time, teachers will participate in a language teaching methodology and research course, teaching strategies, classroom management, educational leadership, and spend time using technology for teaching and learning. The visiting teachers take the ESL ACCUPLACER placement test to determine their level. The placement test is approximately three hours long and includes listening, reading, writing, sentence meaning and grammar.
Teachers will visit a variety of schools in the Houston area to learn about the educational system and issues that teachers and students face in the United States. In addition, some of the participants will join the Key Women Educators Meeting on Panama to promote professional development program and use of experiential activities.
After completion of the 8 or 16-week program, the teachers will continue their professional development through an 8 or 16-week online program as a review of the that focuses on the project-based learning, differentiated instruction, school-wide communications process and plan, motivating learners, and curriculum development.
The Intensive English Program offers a variety of activities to give students the opportunity to learn and use English outside the classroom and to further introduce them to American culture and university life. IEP activities include off-campus trips to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, stage performances, campus visits, and fun destinations as well as on-campus activities include events such as International Day, socials, BBQ’s, and more.