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IEP Levels

Descriptions of English Levels and Achievement Scales

The Intensive English Program at the Drexel University English Language Center is comprised of eight levels. The curriculum was developed to enable students to complete one level each ten-week term. Promotion depends on proficiency, ongoing and end-of-term evaluations. Students must receive at least 75% satisfactory grade in each of the three core courses to be promoted to the next level.

Pre-Academic Courses

Levels 1 to 4 are considered pre-academic courses in both speaking and writing. Students at this level can meet their most practical needs and limited social demands. They can speak and understand details on familiar topics and respond to personal questions.

LEVEL 1: Foundation

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 1 is a foundation English as a second language course (CEFR Level A1). Click here for description of outcomes.

LEVEL 2: Beginner

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 2 is a beginner English as a second language course (CEFR Level A2). Click here for description of outcomes.

LEVEL 3: High Beginner

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 3 is a high-beginner English as a second language course (CEFR Level A2+). Click here for description of outcomes.

LEVEL 4: Low Intermediate

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 4 is a low-intermediate English as a second language course (CEFR Level B1). Click here for description of outcomes.

Academic Readiness Courses

Levels 5 to 8 are considered academic readiness courses which prepare learners for the tasks necessary for participating in a university environment.

LEVEL 5: Low Intermediate Plus

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 5 is a low-intermediate plus English as a second language course (CEFR Level B1+). Click here for description of outcomes.

LEVEL 6: Intermediate

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 6 is an intermediate English as a second language course (CEFR Level B2). Click here for description of outcomes.

LEVEL 7: High Intermediate

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 7 is a high-intermediate English as a second language course (CEFR Level B2+). Click here for description of outcomes.

LEVEL 8: Advanced

There is a range within this level.

  • Level 8 is an advanced English as a second language course (CEFR Level C1). Click here for description of outcomes.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Levels A1 to C1


For more information about these proficiency levels contact elc@drexel.edu.