Certified Intensive English ProgrammE

The CIEP is a complete full-time English programme for college and university-bound students. It is internationally recognised by more than 650 colleges and universities worldwide as an alternative to IELTS and TOEFL.

10 Proficiency Levels

From Level 100 to 109

4 Weeks Per Level

Study from Monday to Friday

24 Lessons Per Week

50 minutes per lesson

4 Intakes Per Session

Enrol on any Monday

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.

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

  • 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

  • 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 preparation programmes for academic tests such as IELTS and TOEFL

  • 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

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.

  • Customised Learning Support (CLS):
    The CLS comproses small group of classes for our Elementary and Intermediate-level students (level 100 – 106). The CLS will help students become more confident in discussions and learn skills such as problem-solving, research, critical thinking and English communication.
  • Elective

    The Elective component is designed to help our Advanced-level students (level 107 – 109) achieve specific English goals. Examples of an Elective: IELTS Test Preparation, Speak Right or Presentation Skills.


24 Classes a Week

8:30 am to 9:20 am
Structure & Speaking Practice
9:20 am 10:10 am
Structure & Speaking Practice
10:10 am to 10:30 am
10:30 am to 11:20 am

Reading & Writing

11:20 am - 12:10 pm
Reading & Writing
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm/ 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Skills Enhancement

* On Fridays, only 4 lessons are scheduled to make time for group activities and self-study.

* Class and start times may vary by level and centre. All ELS centres are open from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm, with staff available and ready to assist you.

Upcoming Intakes

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

  • Main Intake: Tuesday, 3 Jan 2023 (ELS KL, SJ & UPM only)* 
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 9 Jan 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 16 Jan 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 30 Jan 2023
    * ELS UTM Main Intake: Monday, 2 Jan 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 6 Feb 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 13 Feb 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 20 Feb 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 27 Feb 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 6 Mar 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 13 Mar 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 20 Mar 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 27 Mar 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 3 Apr 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 10 Apr 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 17 Apr 2023
  • 4th Intake: Tuesday, 2 May 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 8 May 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 15 May 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 22 May 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 29 May 2023

  • Main Intake: Tuesday, 6 Jun 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 12 Jun 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 19 Jun 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 26 Jun 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 3 Jul 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 10 Jul 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 17 Jul 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 24 Jul 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 31 Jul 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 7 Aug 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 14 Aug 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 21 Aug 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 4 Sep 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 11 Sep 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 18 Sep 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 25 Sep 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 2 Oct 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 9 Oct 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Monday, 16 Oct 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 23 Oct 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 30 Oct 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 6 Nov 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Tuesday, 14 Nov 2023
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 20 Nov 2023

  • Main Intake: Monday, 27 Nov 2023
  • 2nd Intake: Monday, 4 Dec 2023
  • 3rd Intake: Tuesday, 12 Dec 2023 (ELS SJ & UPM only)*
  • 4th Intake: Monday, 18 Dec 2023
    *ELS KL & UTM 3rd Intake: Monday, 11 Dec 2023

Academic Standards


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:
< 4.0
< 35
4.0 - 5.0
41 - 53
5.5 - 6.5
65 - 93


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.

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