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The Intensive English Program at Emporia State University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2014 through April 2015 and agrees to uphold the CEA standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA,


The Intensive English Program (the IEP) at Emporia State University is a two-level language program (Intermediate and Advanced) whose aim is to develop proficiency in English for students whose native language is not English. At both levels, the IEP offers classes in four language areas: reading, structure, writing, and speaking & understanding. The academic foundation for each class is basic language skills used in everyday situations. Students should demonstrate competence in these skill areas at the end of each course. As it builds a foundation of English competency, the IEP also develops a student’s academic potential. To this end, the IEP prepares students for academic teaching styles, teaching methods, and classroom expectations common to most U.S. university environments. The IEP also works to foster student involvement in campus and community events and activities at Emporia State University.

English Proficiency Requirements at Emporia State University

All international students admitted to Emporia State University are required to demonstrate English proficiency prior to taking academic courses. ESU defines English proficiency as meeting the minimum required English language ability to be exempt from the ESU Intensive English Program Placement Test. There are several ways to demonstrate English proficiency:

1) Submitting accepted test (TOEFL, IELTS) scores prior to the posted deadline:

            (Note: Scores cannot be more than two years old.)

The following are the testing requirements.
  • Paper-based TOEFL score of 530 or higher with no individual subscore below
    Reading: 50
    Writing: 50
    Listening: 50

  • Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 72 or higher with no individual subscore below
    Reading: 15
    Writing: 15
    Listening: 15

  • IELTS score of 6.0 or higher (Overall Band Score) with no individual subscore below 5.5
  • PTE Academic of 49 (overall) with no subscore below 40  

2) Providing documentation of citizenship (passport) of the following countries:

Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), the Commonwealth Caribbean, and the United States

3) Having completed a degree (Associate, Bachelor, or Master) in the United States or one of the other countries listed above

Students that do not demonstrate English proficiency based on the above requirements will be tested for their ability in English during the International orientation program and subsequent diagnostic tests. Based on the results of these tests, students will be placed in Intensive English courses or be eligible to enroll in academic courses.

Graduate students with TOEFL score between 550 and 574 (iBT 79-89), IELTS 6.0 – 6.5 and PTE Academic between 49 and 52 must take the graduate level IEP course IE 075, Communication Skills for International Students. Students enrolling in this course may be subject to placement in Intensive English Program (IEP) Intermediate or Advanced Writing.

If the diagnostic test taken in IE 075 shows a student needs instruction at the developmental level, they will be placed in the appropriate IEP writing course and must meet the IEP requirements for advancement and/or exemption.

A graduate student with an IELTS score of 6.5 or above in all bands is exempted from taking OIE 75.

A PTE Academic score of 53 or higher will exempt a student from all IEP courses.

English proficiency scores Deadlines:

Official English proficiency scores must be received in the Office of International Education before the following dates in order to exempt a student from the IEP Placement Test.

Fall: August 1         Spring: December 1              Summer: May 1


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      Courses/ Duties



Roy Briggeman


IE 001 Intermediate Structure

IE 003 Intermediate Writing

Cara Codney

IE 003 Intermediate Writing

IE 005 Advanced Structure

IE 008 Advanced Reading(2 Sections)

Conversation Partners Coordinator



Doug Amend


IE 002 Intermediate Speaking

IE 004 Intermediate Reading

IE 009 Advanced Writing

Mike Graves

IE 004 Intermediate Reading

IE 006 Advanced Speaking

IE 075 Communication Skills for Intl. Students




 max Max Stinnett

IE 001 Intermediate Structure

IE 006 Advanced Speaking

IE 008 Advanced Reading

IE 009 Advanced Writing


Rebecca Wilkes


IE 002 Intermediate Speaking

IE 005 Advanced Structure(2 sections)

IE 009 Advanced Writing


                                        The Intensive English Program is located in Roosevelt Hall, 1st floor



Conversation Partners

Are you interested in learning more about a different culture? Would you like to help an Intensive English Program (IEP) student feel more welcome? Are you an Intensive English student looking for English practice with a native English speaker? In the IEP Conversation Partners Program there is someone waiting to talk to you!

IEP students frequently ask to meet Americans in order to learn about American culture and daily life and to practice English. American students, faculty, staff, and community members are often looking for a way to connect with international students. To address this need, the ESU Intensive English Program connects Americans and IEP students who want to use English to share culture. Partners are connected at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the Conversation Partner Program?
A: The Conversation Partner Program is a language practice partner program at Emporia State University that has two goals:
1) Allow international students to practice English in a fun, low-stress environment
2) Encourage international students and conversation partners to engage in cross-cultural learning

Q: Who can participate?
A: IEP students and native/fluent English speakers can participate. Most conversation partners are American students, but faculty, staff, and members of the community are also encouraged to participate!

Q: What will we do?
A: The purpose of this program is to allow you to speak with and learn about each other. Meetings should be informal and fun (grab a coffee or lunch, go shopping, or study together). Make the time you spend together fun and make it your own!

Q: How often should we meet?
A: We ask that you meet at least one hour each week. Of course, if partners can meet more than one hour, that’s great!

Q: Can all international students participate?
A: No, currently only Intensive English Program students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Q: How do I sign up?

1) Students/Faculty/Staff: Please use your email address
Community members: If you do not have an email address, please use your primary email address.

2) Send an email to

Please include your...
- Name
- Gender
- Major/Job title or Department
- The best times for you to meet.

Please include as many specific times as possible. (For example - Mon: 4-6:00; Saturday 5-8:00.)

Most IEP Students have courses every day from 9:00am to 2:00pm and will not be able to meet during those times.

Alternatively, you can use the Conversation Partner Form


Thank you for joining and spreading the word about this opportunity. Partners are usually paired during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. We make matches as soon as possible and notify partners via email with additional instructions.

Please pass this opportunity on to your students, friends, classmates, or others who you believe would like to make lifelong frienships through the IEP Conversation Partner Program!

Copy this text and e-mail it to potential partners