Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP)

The CIEP is internationally recognised by more than 650 colleges and universities worldwide
as an alternative to IELTS and TOEFL

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WHAT IS CIEP?PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PROGRAMME FEATURES

PROFICIENCY LEVELS & CAPABILITIES

Before you begin your lessons, you will sit for a placement test to determine your start level at ELS. Once we know your level, we can ensure that your lessons are relevant and suitable for your capabilities and learning goals.

There are 10 levels of English instruction at ELS. The beginner and elementary levels provide you with the foundation of the English language. As you progress to the intermediate levels, you will gain more confidence in using English in everyday activities. By the advanced levels, you will be able to communicate effectively and be ready for your higher education.

Beginner

ELS Level 100

  • Communicate at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understand English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understand a few words and phrases
Beginner
Elementary

ELS Level 101 – 103

CEFR A2+ IELTS < 4.0

  • Communicate at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understand English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understand a few words and phrases
  • Respond to simple questions and directions
Elementary
Intermediate

ELS Level 104 – 106

CEFR B1 IELTS 4.0 – 5.0

  • Communicate facts and opinions
  • Discuss and argue in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understand most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carry on conversations with native speakers
  • Use English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
  • By Level 106, be ready to enrol for pre-university / foundation programmes or take up academic test prep programmes such as the IELTS or TOEFL
Intermediate
Advanced

ELS Level 107 – 109

CEFR B2 IELTS 5.5 – 6.5

  • Communicate effectively in most social situations
  • Understand a wide range of idioms
  • Maintain extended conversations with native speakers
  • Use English with growing accuracy and fluency, including in reading and writing
  • Participate fully in most conversations
  • By Level 107, be ready to undertake diploma-level and certain undergraduate programmes conducted in English or conduct business in English at a basic level
  • By Level 108, be ready for most undergraduate programmes at university level or work in an English-speaking environment
  • By Level 109, be confident to embark on a university degree or post-graduate programme
Advanced

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The CIEP offers students a pathway to success in higher education as it fast-tracks the mastery of the English language efficiently and effectively. It does this by employing the proven communicative approach to language learning with a wide range of lively and highly interactive class activities. These activities challenge our students’ abilities while allowing them to have fun developing their English skills.

Structure & Speaking Practice (SSP)

Students are taught to communicate accurately and effectively in English. Students learn Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary and Grammar and practice using language in meaningful situations through activities such as group work, role-playing and class presentations.

Reading & Writing (R&W)

Students learn to improve their reading comprehension, increase their reading speed and develop their writing abilities. Reading and Writing lessons include group discussions and writing practice.

Skills Enhancement

Consisting of a variety of activities, this module provides students an active learning experience to develop communication skills. There are 3 components offered in a Skills Enhancement class:

  • Customised Learning Support (CLS):
    Small group of classes where students will become more confident in discussions and learn skills such as problem-solving, research, critical thinking and English communication
  • LiveSpeak:
    Students will put into practice speaking and listening skills with an online instructor who will live stream and interact with them in real-time
  • Language Technology Centre (LTC):
    Students are given independent and flexible access to the online personalised language learning activities developed for each ELS CIEP proficiency level
IELTS Test Preparation

Offered in the Advanced Levels, students will learn the tips and best strategies to tackle the IELTS exam across all four skills.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Level 100 – 106 Level 107 – 109
8:30 am to 9:25 am Structure & Speaking Practice Structure & Speaking Practice
9:30 am to 10:25 am Structure & Speaking Practice Structure & Speaking Practice
10:30 am to 11:25 am Skills Enhancement Skills Enhancement
11:30 am to 12:25 pm Break Break
12:30 pm to 1:25 pm Reading & Writing Reading & Writing
1:30 pm to 2:25 pm Reading & Writing Reading & Writing
2:30 pm to 3:25 pm IELTS Test Preparation
All Levels
8:30 am to 9:20 am Structure & Speaking Practice
9:20 am to 10:10 am Structure & Speaking Practice
10:10 am to 11:00 am Skills Enhancement
11:00 am to 11:50 am Reading & Writing
11:50 pm to 12:40 pm Reading & Writing

UPCOMING INTAKES

Intakes are available every Monday, excluding Public Holidays and ELS Session Breaks.

Month
Intake Dates
  • Monday, 8 July 2019
  • Monday, 15 July 2019
  • Monday, 22 July 2019
  • Monday, 5 August 2019
  • Tuesday, 13 August 2019
  • Monday, 19 August 2019
  • Tuesday, 10 September 2019
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019
  • Monday, 23 September 2019
  • Monday, 7 October 2019
  • Monday, 14 October 2019
  • Monday, 21 October 2019
  • Monday, 4 November 2019
  • Monday, 11 November 2019
  • Monday, 18 November 2019
  • Monday, 2 December 2019
  • Monday, 9 December 2019
  • Monday, 06 January 2020
  • Monday, 13 January 2020
  • Monday, 20 January 2020
  • Monday, 10 February 2020
  • Monday, 17 February 2020
  • Monday, 24 February 2020
  • Monday, 09 March 2020
  • Monday, 16 March 2020
  • Monday, 23 March 2020
  • Monday, 06 April 2020
  • Monday, 13 April 2020
  • Monday, 20 April 2020
  • Monday, 04 May 2020
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020
  • Monday, 18 May 2020
  • Monday, 08 June 2020
  • Monday, 15 June 2020
  • Monday, 22 June 2020
  • Monday, 06 July 2020
  • Monday, 13 July 2020
  • Monday, 20 July 2020
  • Monday, 03 August 2020
  • Monday, 10 August 2020
  • Monday, 17 August 2020
  • Monday, 07 September 2020
  • Monday, 14 September 2020
  • Monday, 21 September 2020
  • Monday, 05 October 2020
  • Monday, 12 October 2020
  • Monday, 19 October 2020
  • Monday, 02 November 2020
  • Monday, 09 November 2020
  • Monday, 16 November 2020
  • Monday, 30 November 2020
  • Monday, 07 December 2020
  • Monday, 14 December 2020

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

ELS, CEFR and IELTS

The CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) is a set of guidelines developed by the Council of Europe to describe language ability at six different levels of proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. The CEFR is also recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education as an international standard for the English languange and a benchmark for IELTS and TOEFL.

In 2016, an analysis of ELS Levels and the CEFR was conducted by Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI), a leading language assessment company. In the analysis, SLTI reviewed the ELS level objectives, materials and assessments for all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. A summary of how these ELS Levels correlate to the CEFR, IELTS and TOEFL is shown in the chart below:

ELS Level CEFR IELTS TOEFL
103 A2+ < 4.0 < 35
106 B1 4.0 - 5.0 41 - 53
109 B2 5.5 - 6.5 65 - 93
ELS and NEAS

All ELS centres in Malaysia are certified by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) from Australia. NEAS is a globally-recognised body that provides quality assurance monitoring and accreditation of English Language Teaching (ELT) providers. NEAS endorses more than 200 ELT centres across Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

The NEAS accreditation is a recognition of ELS Malaysia’s commitment to upholding standards in academic quality, student management and support services. NEAS assessed ELS Malaysia on seven Quality Areas: (1) Teaching, Learning & Assessment, (2) The Student Experience, (3) Resources & Facilities, (4) Administration, Management & Staffing, (5) Promotion & Student Recruitment, (6) Welfare of Students Aged Under 18 Years, and (7) Strategy, Risk & Governance.