General English (STEP) - 20 Lessons

Short-Term English Program, 20 lessons / week

IIE LessonStudy Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm;
F-1 Student Visa not required.

A dynamic General English course based on internationally-recognized goals and standards developed by CEFR and University of Cambridge. Focusing on real-life communication, students acquire the full-range of skills and knowledge, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation, needed to carry out certain communicative tasks at the end of each week. Through these "Can Do" statements, students can see their progress weekly. Each course is made up of two periods, taught by a separate teacher.

  • 8:30am-10:20am: Listening & Speaking
  • 10:35am-12:30pm: Reading & Writing
    *Class periods include a 5-minute break

Internationally Recognized Levels & Curriculum

IIE Hawaii Offers Classes from A1 (Beginner) to C1 (Advanced)

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Our levels are based on a Global Scale that is recognized around the world. Its goals and standards have been developed through broad scientific research by the Common European Framework (CEFR) and University of Cambridge. Graduating IIE students receive a certificate with a proficiency level that is known around the world.

Classes such as Academic & TOEFL Preparation, Cambridge Preparation, Business and TOEIC require students to test into Level B1+ (intermediate) or above to enter the course.

A1 - Beginner
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. Can introduce him/herself and others, and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to basic matters (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 - Lower Intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard language on familiar matters encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple, connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B1+ - Intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard language on most matters encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most typical and some unexpected situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce connected text on topics of personal and professional interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions well and give specific reasons and detailed explanations for opinions and plans

B2 - Upper Intermediate
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 - Advanced
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

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