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Intensive English Progam

Do you want to improve your English skills in a short period of time? Then Intensive English is for you! In these classes, you will practice your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. There will also be instruction on grammar, pronunciation, and American culture.

In the Intensive English program, classes run four days a week for seven weeks. Class each day runs five hours. You will receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. By the end of seven weeks, you will receive 140 hours of classroom instruction.

All classes are taught Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no class on Monday. Times are subject to change based on classroom availability.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Term 1: January 21 - March. 6, 2020 (7 weeks)

  • Register by Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Orientation Day: Friday, January 17, 2020
  • All classes are taught Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

Term 2: March 24 - May 8, 2020 (7 weeks)

  • Register by Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Orientation Day: Monday, March 23, 2020
  • All classes are taught Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

Cost of Attendance

The cost of a seven-week class is $1,115. You have the option to pay the entire cost before the start of classes at the time of registration, or you can pay in two or three smaller parts throughout the semester, if needed. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Payment PlansNumber of PaymentsPay at WeekAmount DueTotal Cost
Option 1 1 1 $1,115 $1,115
Option 2 2 1 $479 $1,118
4 $639
Option 3 3 1 $479 $1,117
4 $319
6 $319

Steps to Enrolling and Completing IEP Courses

  1. Contact the Associate Director of the Language Institute

    Reach out to Abby Massaro by phone (617-228-2009) or email (abigail.massaro@bhcc.edu). She will give you information about the courses and availability, and make sure that we have a class that will meet your needs.

  2. Make a 90-minute appointment to come take the Placement Test

    Contact Abby Massaro to schedule an appointment to take the placement test. The placement test into the program takes about 90 minutes. During your appointment, Abby Massaro will share information about the test and get you registered in the Cambridge University Press online system. This is the platform for the online test. She will also have you complete an intake form. See the section about the Online Placement Test below for more information.

  3. Take placement test at the H-Building and receive scores

    You will take a written and computerized test. You receive your scores immediately upon finishing. You will discuss your scores and be advised on what level you should take.

  4. Register and pay for course

    You have the ability to register and pay for the course immediately after finishing the test, or you may choose to wait and register at a later date.

  5. Attend orientation before the beginning of the new term

    If you are a new student in the Intensive English program, you will be given information for the Orientation. The orientation takes place the last business day before classes start. You will learn more about the Handbook and the Intensive English Program. You will also have a chance to ask questions and complete important paperwork.

  6. Attend 7-week course

    You will come to class four times a week for seven weeks. Each class is five hours a day. You are expected to attend every class--the IEP moves quickly and you will miss a lot of content each day you are not in class.

  7. Pass 5 of 6 speaking and writing quizzes, and earn a 70% or higher on the final exam

    Upon completing all of the requirements for the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be able to advance to the next level of the IEP, or transfer into Academic ESL classes (if completing level 004).

Level Completion and Grading

Because IEP courses are noncredit, students in the IEP receive a grade of Pass (“P”) or Fail (“F”). A “P” allows you to advance to the next level, while an “F” means that the course must be repeated.

To pass the course and be able to advance to the next level, you must achieve all three of the following objectives:

  1. Achieve a score of 70% or higher on the final
  2. Receive a grade of 64 or higher on five out of six speaking quizzes
  3. Receive a grade of 68 or higher on five out of six writing quizzes

A grade of Pass (“P”) or Fail (“F”) is given at the end of the class. P indicates satisfactory completion of coursework. A “P” grade will allow you to advance to the next level while an “F” grade means you will have to repeat the level.

Advancement and Repeating Levels

To be able to advance to the next level in the Intensive English program, you must receive a grade of “P”, meaning you have met all three of the objectives listed above. Students who fail a course may repeat it the following term. You may only repeat the course once (meaning the level is taken a total of two times). If you fail the course a second time, you will be referred to another English language program within Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) such as Basic ESL, a non-intensive English language class.

In special cases, you may return to the IEP and retake the full placement test to determine your new level placement. A placement beyond the level you had already failed will allow you to enroll in the next level. For instance, if a student fails level 002 twice, she would be recommended to take a BESL class. If she wishes to return to the IEP after completing the BESL course, she would have to take the placement test and place at level 003 or higher.

Certificates

At your request, the program will generate a certificate upon the conclusion of the course. You will either receive a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Participation. A Certificate of Completion means you have successfully passed the course while a Certificate of Participation means you failed the course. In either case, the certificate will list the course level, classroom hours attended, the semester, term, and year of completion or participation.

The Online Placement Test

The test consists of three sections: Listening (20 items), Reading (20 items), and Language Use (30 items). It takes about one hour to complete. There is also a placement essay and speaking assessment, which take 15 minutes each. You should plan for 90 minutes for the entire testing and advising process. Testing takes place in the H-Building, located in the Hood Office Park (570 Rutherford Avenue). Please contact Abby Massaro to make an appointment to take the test. She can be reached by phone at 617-228-2009 or email at abigail.massaro@bhcc.edu. Testing hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The last test is given at 3:30 p.m.

Coming to the H Building

If you are coming to the H-Building to take the placement test, we highly recommend taking public transportation. Take the Orange Line MBTA train to Sullivan Station. When you exit the station, walk to Cambridge Street. Then walk to Spice Street. Once on Spice Street, walk down to the Hood Office Park parking lot. It is a big parking lot. Walk to building 570 (Bunker Hill Community College). Once in the building, ask the security person sitting in the lobby to bring you to see Abby Massaro (H-116) or Sonia Sharma (H-109).

You also have the option to use the BHCC Shuttle to get to the H-Building. The shuttle leaves from the G-Building at the main campus (250 Rutherford Ave.) For the shuttle schedule visit: bhcc.edu/shuttleschedule. For more details about the H-Building, visit bhcc.edu/hbuilding.

If you are driving to the H-Building, please contact Abby Massaro or Sonia Sharma.

Intensive English-BeginnerEMC-001E$1,115

Level 001: The goal of this beginner level course is to provide learners with the basic tools to participate in the English-speaking world. This course will help learners recognize key information in everyday texts and in conversations with others. It will also allow them to produce clear, accurate speech and writing on basic, everyday topics suitable for communicating key information about themselves and their immediate needs and surroundings.
SectionDatesMeeting DaysTimeInstructorAvailable SeatsRegister
EMC-001E_11
Jan 21-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-001E_12
Jan 21-
Feb 7
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-001E_13
Feb 11-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_14
Feb 11-
Feb 21
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_15
Feb 25-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_21
Mar 24-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_22
Mar 24-
Apr 10
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_23
Apr 14-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_24
Apr 14-
Apr 24
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15
EMC-001E_25
Apr 28-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Irina Morgunova15

Intensive English-High BeginnerEMC-002E$1,115

Level 002: In this high beginner course, students will be able to understand a larger set of phrases and vocabulary about daily matters, read simple texts on familiar topics, understand high frequency vocabulary, and converse about situations that are familiar and personal to them. Students will be able to write phrases and sentences describing their experiences, and use common grammatical structures to function in daily life.
SectionDatesMeeting DaysTimeInstructorAvailable SeatsRegister
EMC-002E_11
Jan 21-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_12
Jan 21-
Feb 7
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_13
Feb 11-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_14
Feb 11-
Feb 21
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_15
Feb 25-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_21
Mar 24-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_22
Mar 24-
Apr 10
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_23
Apr 14-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-12 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_24
Apr 14-
Apr 24
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-002E_25
Apr 28-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15

Intensive English-IntermediateEMC-003E$1,115

Level 003: The goal of this intermediate level course is to introduce learners to a variety of real-world vocabulary and text in various print and audio media; to help them recognize explicit and implicit meaning and humor; and to train them to generate clear, accurate, well-structured speech and writing on everyday subjects suitable for an increasingly broader range of audiences and purposes.  
SectionDatesMeeting DaysTimeInstructorAvailable SeatsRegister
EMC-003E_11
Jan 21-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_12
Jan 21-
Feb 7
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_13
Feb 11-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_14
Feb 11-
Feb 21
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_15
Feb 25-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_21
Mar 24-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_22
Mar 24-
Apr 10
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_23
Apr 14-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_24
Apr 14-
Apr 24
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15
EMC-003E_25
Apr 28-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.TBA15

Intensive English-High IntermediateEMC-004E$1,115

Level 004: In this high intermediate course, students, continuing as independent users of English, will be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. They will be able to interact with a level of fluency that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible. Learners will also be able to produce clear, detailed text on a range of subjects.  
SectionDatesMeeting DaysTimeInstructorAvailable SeatsRegister
EMC-004E_11
Jan 21-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas
EMC-004E_12
Jan 21-
Feb 7
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas
EMC-004E_13
Feb 11-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_14
Feb 11-
Feb 21
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_15
Feb 25-
Mar 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_21
Mar 24-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_22
Mar 24-
Apr 10
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_23
Apr 14-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_24
Apr 14-
Apr 24
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15
EMC-004E_25
Apr 28-
May 8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9 a.m.-2 p.m.Roberto Villegas15