Intensive English Program

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.

For the Fall Term 1 (September 8 – October 23), all levels of Intensive English classes will be completely online. Courses will be held via video conferencing, and will be live with an instructor every class.

Our Mission

The mission of the Intensive English program is to support English Language Learners in their educational, professional, and personal goals by providing rigorous multi-level English Language instruction, and by accommodating the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students through affordable access to language instruction.

Updated 2020 Term Schedule

Spring Term 1 January 21 - March 6
Spring Term 2 March 31 - May 15*
Summer Term 1 May 19 - July 2*
Summer Term 2 July 14 - August 28
Fall Term 1 September 8 - October 23
Fall Term 2 October 27 - December 18

*Classes being run entirely or partially online

Admissions Requirements 

The only requirement for admission into the Intensive English program is being at least 17 years of age.

 

 Cost of Attendance

  • Residents of the city of Boston who meet certain financial need requirements may be able to take classes tuition-free.
  • Please contact Abby Massaro (abigail.massaro@bhcc.edu) if you think you may be eligible to take Intensive English classes for free.
  • Please note that there are a limited number of tuition-free spaces available.

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 as 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 ELL 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 an average score of 70% or higher on the three-part final
  2. Receive a grade of 70% or higher on five out of six speaking quizzes
  3. Receive a grade of 70% 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 ELL, 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 BELL class. If she wishes to return to the IEP after completing the BELL 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.

Statement on Proficiency Levels

Students will take a placement test before registering for classes. Students that are true beginners will not be recommended for placement into the Intensive English program; students that place above the program’s highest level, 004 - High-Intermediate, will be recommended for the Academic ELL program.

 

Intensive English-BeginnerEMC-001E

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.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-001E-F11Sep 8 - Oct 23
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Irina Morgunova $1,115
EMC-001E-F21Oct 27 - Dec 18
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Irina Morgunova $1,115
EMC-001E-11Jan 19 - Mar 5
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Irina Morgunova $1,115
EMC-001E-21Mar 23 - May 7
Tue, Wed, Fri at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Irina Morgunova $1,115

Intensive English-High BeginnerEMC-002E

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.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-002E-F11Sep 8 - Oct 23
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fern Remedi-Brown $1,115
EMC-002E-F21Oct 27 - Dec 18
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fern Remedi-Brown $1,115
EMC-002E-11Jan 19 - Mar 5
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fern Remedi-Brown $1,115
EMC-002E-21Mar 23 - May 7
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fern Remedi-Brown $1,115

English for Au Pairs-IntermediateEMC-003E

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.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-003E-FW2Oct 24 - Dec 13
Sat, Sun at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mirlande Thermidor $639

Intensive English-IntermediateEMC-003E

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.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-003E-F11Sep 8 - Oct 23
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
William Ransone $1,115
EMC-003E-F21Oct 27 - Dec 18
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
William Ransone $1,115
EMC-003E-11Jan 19 - Mar 5
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
William Ransone $1,115
EMC-003E-21Mar 23 - May 7
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
TBA$1,115

English for Au Pairs-High IntermediateEMC-004E

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.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-004E-FW2Oct 24 - Dec 13
Sat, Sun at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Elissa Murphy$639

Intensive English-High IntermediateEMC-004E

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.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
EMC-004E-F11Sep 8 - Oct 23
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Roberto Villegas$1,115
EMC-004E-F21Oct 27 - Dec 18
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Roberto Villegas$1,115
EMC-004E-11Jan 19 - Mar 5
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Roberto Villegas$1,115
EMC-004E-21Mar 23 - May 7
Tu W Th F at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Roberto Villegas$1,115

 Achievement Scale

The achievement scale is based on the Student Learning Outcomes for each level. These outcomes describe what students should be able to do in each of the language skill areas after finishing that level, and represent the program’s achievement scale.

Reading

Level 001

  • Identify the stated main idea and some supporting details within a paragraph.
  • Locate explicit information on simple tables, and in short texts.

Level 002

  • Identify the stated or implied main idea within a multiparagraph text, and how the main idea is supported.
  • Locate explicit information on a multifeature table or graph, and within multiple paragraphs.

Level 003

  • Identify different levels or relationships of stated and implied ideas within lengthy texts.
  • Locate explicit information on a complex table, graph, or diagram and in multiple dense paragraphs.

Level 004C

  • Identify different levels or relationships of stated and implied ideas within lengthy literary texts.
  • Locate explicit information on a complex graphic and in lengthy dense literary text.

Level 004S

  • Identify different levels or relationships of stated and implied ideas within lengthy texts that deal with STEM-oriented content.
  • Locate explicit information on a complex graphic and in lengthy dense text dealing with STEM topics.

Writing

Level 001

  • Write simple texts related to everyday, personal experiences, in which a simple, one- to two-sentence opinion about a familiar topic is expressed.
  • Logically organize words in a sentence to convey an idea or information.

Level 002

  • Write a few connected sentences that make a claim and provide reasoning to support that claim.
  • Introduce a topic, and group related information or details together.

Level 003

  • Write short, paragraph-length texts on familiar topics, which express a clear point of view with reasons and evidence to support particular points, and consider outside opinions.
  • Logically organize ideas and evidence in a short, simple paragraph focused on a single topic.

Level 004C

  • Write multi-paragraph arguments to support claims with clear, logically ordered reasons and evidence from texts.
  • Introduce a topic clearly, and group related information into paragraphs and sections.

Level 004S

  • Write multi-paragraph arguments to support claims with clear, logically ordered reasons and evidence from STEM-focused texts.
  • Introduce a topic clearly, and group related information into paragraphs and sections.

Listening

Level 001

  • Identify the gist of spoken messages on everyday topics comprised of high-frequency vocabulary when spoken slowly, clearly, and with support.

Level 002

  • Identify the main topic and a few key details of simple spoken texts comprised of some specialized vocabulary on high-interest topics when spoken slowly and clearly.

Level 003

  • Summarize the central idea or theme and the key details in a spoken text containing somewhat complex, idiomatic vocabulary when spoken at a moderate rate.

Level 004C

  • Summarize the central ideas and the key concepts, information, and examples in an extended, content-specific speech, with figurative or connotative language when spoken at a moderate rate.

Level 004S

  • Summarize the central ideas and the key concepts, information, and examples in an extended, content-specific speech, with figurative or connotative language when spoken at a moderate rate.

Speaking

Level 001

  • Participate in short social and task-related conversations related to everyday personal life in familiar and supported contexts with limited accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce short spoken text with personally relevant words, simple phrases, and formulaic expressions.

Level 002

  • Provide a short, simple explanation related to expressing needs, feelings, preferences, and conveying information in familiar contexts with some accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce short spoken text with frequently occurring words, phrases, and expressions.

Level 003

  • Carry out speaking tasks hat require a presentation of information and explanation in somewhat familiar contexts with somewhat consistent accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce spoken text of moderate length with common content-specific words and phrases.

Level 004C

  • Carry out speaking tasks that require making a point by synthesizing ideas in somewhat formal (academic) or unsupported contexts with mostly consistent accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce lengthy spoken text with academic and content-specific words and phrases.

Level 004S

  • Carry out speaking tasks that require making a point with evidence and reasoning in somewhat formal (academic) or unsupported contexts with mostly consistent accuracy and intelligibility.
  • Produce lengthy spoken text with academic and content-specific words and phrases.

Grammar

Level 001

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 002

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 003

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 004C

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.

Level 004S

  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to proficiency level in oral and written production with fairly consistent accuracy.