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 - 28 Lessons Per Week

55 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.

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

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.

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.


Monday to Thursday

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
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.

  • Monday, 04 January 2021
  • Monday, 11 January 2021
  • Monday, 18 January 2021

  • Tuesday, 02 February 2021
  • Monday, 08 February 2021
  • Monday, 22 February 2021

  • Monday, 08 March 2021
  • Monday, 15 March 2021
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

  • Monday, 5 April 2021
  • Monday, 12 April 2021
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

  • Monday, 3 May 2021
  • Monday, 10 May 2021
  • Monday, 24 May 2021

  • Tuesday, 08 June 2021
  • Monday, 14 June 2021
  • Monday, 21 June 2021

  • Monday, 05 July 2021
  • Monday, 12 July 2021
  • Monday, 19 July 2021

  • Monday, 2 August 2021
  • Monday, 9 August 2021
  • Monday, 16 August 2021

  • Monday, 06 September 2021
  • Monday, 13 September 2021
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

  • Monday, 04 October 2021
  • Monday, 11 October 2021
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

  • Monday, 01 November 2021
  • Monday, 08 November 2021
  • Monday, 15 November 2021

  • Monday, 29 November 2021
  • Monday, 06 December 2021
  • Monday, 13 December 2021

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.