Preparatory School of English Language - International Burch University

Preparatory School of English Language

Preparatory School of English Language

 

Welcome


The IBU Preparatory School of English Language provides a diverse learning language environment that places a high value on a creative and rigorous contemporary preparatory curriculum in a structured environment; develops character, meets the students’ differing talents, interests and academic needs through a supportive staff in a well-structured programs; and encourages students to widen their horizons, gain an appreciation for and an excitement about learning English and achieve their full potential.

Program

Preparatory School of English Language School Rulebook
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Student Guidelines

DURATION OF STUDIES IN THE ENGLISH PREPARATORY SCHOOL

  • The total duration of the EPS is one year. Students are required to complete the program within a maximum of two years.
  • Students who fail to complete the program in two years have the option to register on suspended status.
  • Students on suspended status are enrolled after paying one-fourth of that semester's tuition fee. Students who are not enrolled within one month of the first day of classes as stated in the Academic Calendar are dismissed from University.
  • Suspended students do not attend the lessons at Preparatory School, but study on their own. They may start their faculties if they pass the proficiency exam held at the end of each semester, or if they submit an external exam result as indicated in the Article 6.
  • In order for the external exam applications to be taken into consideration, the students will need to have enrolled to University for the current semester.
  • Students who fail the IBU proficiency exam at the end of the semester may enroll again in the following semester with the same status.
  • Suspended students cannot benefit from University’s scholarships.
  • The students who start their studies in B1 group have the opportunity to take the proficiency exam in January if their overall semester grade is minimum 70. If their overall grade is below 70, they continue their studies in B2 level.
  • The students who start their studies in B2 group graduate from EPS if they achieve an overall grade of 60 at the end of the semester. The ones who fail to achieve an overall grade of 60 have the opportunity to take the proficiency exam in January if their overall semester grade is between 50 and 59. If they fail to achieve an overall grade of 50, they repeat B2 level in the following semester.


  • IBU PROFICIENCY & PLACEMENT TEST

  • IBU Proficiency & Placement Test is the name given to a combination of tests prepared by the academic staff of the EPS for the students who want to be exempt from preparatory school. According to the score the student gets from this test, he/she will sign up to the corresponding level group.
  • There is no make-up exam for IBU Proficiency & Placement Test. Medical reports are not accepted as an excuse for this exam.
  • The exam is held three times a year: In January , June , and September, In order to be exempt from the Preparatory School, students must score at least 70.


  • ATTENDANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS

  • Attendance is obligatory at English Preparatory School.
  • Absenteeism limit is 15 % of the study hours.
  • The student who exceeds the absenteeism limit till the end of the term without a valid and documented excuse will not be able to graduate from the English Preparatory School.
  • Student, whose absence is more than the allowed number of hours, will fail in Preparatory School program regardless of his/her exam results.
  • Students who do not attend the exam unexcused will be considered to have obtained 0 (zero).
  • Students who are late for class will be marked as absent by the instructors.
  • Students who do not bring their class materials are also marked absent.
  • Any kind of exchange of stationary items or educational materials during exams and classes are not allowed.
  • Students who bring their mobile phones must keep them turned off during class time. Inappropriate action will be reflected on participation grade.
  • Mobile phones are collected during examinations.
  • Notebook computers cannot be used in the classrooms. If students bring them to classrooms, they must be kept in their cases.
  • Grading System

    GRADING SYSTEM IN ENGLISH PREPARATORY SCHOOL

  • To successfully finish the program at the EPS, students are primarily required to attend classes without exceeding the absenteeism limit, which is 15 % of the study hours, and achieve a Yearly Achievement Grade of 60 to have the right to register in their own departments. Yearly Achievement Grade is calculated on the basis of Level Achievement Grades and a Final Test for all.
  • Level Achievement Grades are calculated for every level for each group as follows:
  • Course Assessment ( Quiz, project, Presentation) 50%
    Homework 5%
    Class Participation 5%
    Attendance 5%
    Level Achievement Test 5%
    Yearly Achievement Grade is calculated for each level group as follows:

    Education model

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    The school runs a two-semester intensive program placing emphasis on basic communication skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. To successfully finish the program at the EPS, the students are required to reach B2 level as indicated.

    The curriculum at English Preparatory School is fashioned to bring the level of students to the basic minimum required for study in their chosen faculties.

    Students are placed in four groups (A1, A2, B1, and B2) according to the score they have achieved in the placement test with CEFR (Common European Framework) reference levels. These foreign language proficiency scales are accompanied by a detailed analysis of communicative contexts, themes, tasks and purposes.

    The EPS recognizes the need to constantly evaluate and renew itself so as to better meet the needs of the students. It focuses on the areas of core syllabus specification, content-based instruction, academic reading and writing, computer based language learning.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY LEVEL BENCHMARKS

    Level 1—False Beginning
    A student shall be classified level 1 if the student does not understand or speak English with the exception of a few isolated words or expressions.

    Level 2—Beginning
    A student shall be classified level 2 if all of the following criteria are met:
    (a) The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with hesitancy and difficulty.
    (b) The student understands parts of lessons and simple directions.
    (c) The student is at a pre-emergent or emergent level of reading and writing in English, significantly below grade level.

    Level 3—Pre-Intermediate
    A student shall be classified level 3 if all of the following criteria are met:
    (a) The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with decreasing hesitancy and difficulty.
    (b) The student is post-emergent, developing reading comprehension and writing skills in English.
    (c) The student’s English literacy skills allow the student to demonstrate academic knowledge in content areas with assistance.

    Level 4— Intermediate
    A student shall be classified level 4 if all of the following criteria are met:
    (a) The student understands and speaks conversational English without apparent difficulty, but understands and speaks academic English with some hesitancy.
    (b) The student continues to acquire reading and writing skills in content areas needed to achieve department level expectations with assistance.

    Level 5— Upper- Intermediate
    A student shall be classified level 5 if all of the following criteria are met:
    (a) The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English well.
    (b) The student is near proficient in reading, writing, and content area skills needed to meet grade level expectations.
    (c) The student requires occasional support.
    (b) The student reads, writes, speaks and comprehends English within academic classroom settings.

     

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