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Intensive English Program
The University of Mississippi – Office of Global Engagement

Intensive Program Achievement Scale


Overarching Goal Beginning Intermediate Advanced Advanced Plus
Academic Reading 


Students read to learn by focusing on explicit reading strategies and applying those strategies to a variety of texts.



Students can recognize the various styles of text organization. Students can interpret and answer reading comprehension questions.



Students can interpret reading comprehension questions and infer the meaning of new vocabulary and the author’s purpose.



Students can annotate, summarize, and paraphrase academic texts without plagiarizing, as well as identify argument strategies and evaluate argument effectiveness in structured environments.



Students develop their academic writing skills by focusing on content, rhetorical organization, written sentence structure, and cohesion.



Students can construct short paragraphs on familiar topics using simple and compound sentences.




Students can construct 3-paragraph academic essays demonstrating transitions, logical order, and a specific rhetorical mode.



Students can construct academic essays that synthesize ideas from multiple sources, argue a position, and persuade the reader while using formal documentation.



Students focus on language form and meaning through context appropriate use to prepare for success in an American university environment.



Students can recognize the parts of a sentence, use simple and progressive tenses, and use conjunctions to produce compound sentences.




Students can recognize all parts of speech, create complex sentences, and use multiple verb tenses and high frequency grammatical structures.



Students can use noun, adjective, and adverb clauses to create complex sentences, use real, unreal, and implied conditional sentences., and use the past perfect and past perfect progressive verb tenses.


Listening & Speaking


Students develop listening and speaking skills and strategies to use in the academic classroom.



Students can communicate in simple tasks requiring direct exchange of information on familiar topics.




Students can express opinions on a variety of topics, distinguish main ideas when listening to academic and personal topics, and use appropriate verbal delivery practices in presentation.



Students can infer logical conclusions from academic lectures (visual and audio) and other authentic sources,

distinguish organizational patterns through accurate note-taking skills, and use appropriate verbal delivery practices in highly-developed presentations.

English for Academic Purposes


Students develop skills necessary for work on research, academic papers, and academic presentations.

Students can interpret, analyze, and synthesize authentic academic texts, as well as express themselves in clear, well-structured academic written texts and oral presentations.
English in the Sciences


Students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening about authentic materials on topics regarding science and technology.

Students can discuss, read, and interpret various science and technology topics, as well as express themselves in clear, well-structured written texts and oral presentations using scientific and technological vocabulary.
Business English


Students prepare for the communication and research demands related to business using professional business tools.

Students can express themselves fluently and spontaneously on business topics and current events in business, formulating ideas and opinions using business vocabulary and rhetoric accurately.


Literature Written in English


Students read, interpret, analyze, and react to authentic literary texts of American literature in writing and discussion.

Students can identify aspects of character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme in authentic literary texts of

American short-fiction while distinguishing between the personal, the cultural, and the universal within a story.




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