TSIE offers classes in 4 core English skills: reading, listening/speaking, writing, and grammar. These courses are offered every semester and are available to all admitted TSIE students.
Each class is divided into 5 levels starting from Level 1 - 1500 (beginning) and ending at the program's highest level, Level 5 - 4550 (advanced). Each class covers an entire academic semester, specifically 15 weeks in the fall and spring and 10 weeks in the summer. Once a student completes a level, they will move up in that skill to the next level, until they have completed all 4 skills at the 4550 (advanced) level of the program. (In the event of low enrollment, it is possible that students will be required to attend a mixed level class. Student levels are appropriately recognized and level improvement is closely monitored in mixed level classes.)
Students are also encouraged to take an optional TOEFL Preparation Class as most students require a language proficiency score to earn full admission to Texas State University. This course is offered every semester, starting a few weeks after the beginning of the semester and ending the week before the program's Institutional TOEFL PBT is administered.
Throughout the 5 levels of reading classes in TSIE, students will improve reading comprehension and speed, acquire new vocabulary, comprehend academic essays and texts, increase cultural understanding through newspapers and novels, analyze and identify academic reading passages and articles, and practice TOEFL iBT and PBT reading exercises.
Throughout the 5 levels of oral skills classes in TSIE, students will recognize simple and complex requests and questions, identify and perfect personal pronunciation issues, conduct academic and formal class presentations, acquire note-taking skills for academic lecture purposes, expand vocabulary, respond to real-world listening and speaking activities (TV, radio, friends, family, etc.), and practice TOEFL iBT and PBT listening and speaking exercises.
Throughout the 5 levels of writing classes in TSIE, students will construct basic and complex written expressions, produce original paragraphs and essays, conduct academic research, prepare and present a full-length academic research paper, expand writing formats and styles for academic and personal use, and practice TOEFL iBT and PBT writing exercises.
Throughout the 5 levels of grammar classes in TSIE, students will identify parts of speech and analyze grammatical structures in English, recognize and use appropriate vocabulary and tenses, communicate in writing and in speech using basic and complex phrases, read and understand grammar structures found in academic texts, and practice TOEFL iBT and PBT grammar exercises.
In this optional preparation class, students will receive individualized practice materials and guidance for the TOEFL iBT and PBT through authentic TOEFL exercises and materials in order to increase their test-taking speed, comprehension, and accuracy. In some semesters, the Cambridge IELTS test may be covered. Students will rehearse multiple test-taking situations in a controlled classroom environment focused on section-level achievement. To register for this course, please go here.