New center at Kennesaw State to provide intensive English−language classes

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Georgia (Jul 1, 2009) — New center at Kennesaw State to provide intensive English−language classes
International students and others can fast track their English proficiency

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 13‚ 2009) — Kennesaw State University will launch a new Intensive English Program (IEP) Center this fall to provide international students and local residents who speak little or no English intensive training to become more proficient English speakers.

The center‚ which opens in August‚ will offer a series of four courses designed to accelerate the English learning experience for prospective undergraduate and graduate students who need intensive English training to enter Kennesaw State or other American colleges and universities.

"The new IEP will be a tremendous resource for KSU as we continue our efforts to make the university truly global in reach and perspective‚” said Richard Vengroff‚ dean of KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “As we expand our graduate programs‚ IEP provides the opportunity to recruit top−quality graduate students from around the world who need to perfect their English before starting formal graduate work at KSU. As a result‚ we will be more competitive internationally and more global domestically."

The growing demand in Northwest Georgia for intensive English proficiency training is fueled in part by the growth of non−native populations in the region‚ especially in Cobb and Paulding counties. According to U.S. Census data and American Community Survey estimates through 2007‚ both counties have experienced double−digit growth in Hispanic/Latino and Asian populations since 2000.

“We know there’s a need‚” said David Johnson‚ associate professor of English and director of the new IEP program‚ “because we get calls all the time from people who want to attend the university‚ but who don’t meet the minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to the university.”

Currently‚ international students admitted to Kennesaw State must score at least 75 on the Internet−based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 70 or higher on the KSU−administered Michigan Test. Those scores assure that the applicant speaks‚ reads and understands English sufficiently to study at the college level.

Johnson said IEP participants can be at any level of English proficiency — from those who speak no English to those with low to moderate ability.

“We anticipate that some students will complete the program in eight weeks and others will become proficient over many months‚ possibly up to a year‚” Johnson said.

The new IEP center at Kennesaw State will accept full− and part−time students into the program‚ which consists of 20 hours of coursework. To qualify‚ applicants must be at least 18 years old and legal U.S. residents or international students with educational visas. Program participants must also take an English proficiency test for placement.

Under current immigration guidelines‚ non−F1−visa students can attend the program full or part time‚ while students with F1 visas must attend full time. The tuition cost for full−time students is $1‚850 per eight−week session. Part−time students must pay $500 per class. Each class meets five hours per week.

With the new program‚ Kennesaw State joins other University System of Georgia institutions in metro Atlanta offering intensive English programs‚ including Georgia Tech‚ Georgia State and Southern Polytechnic‚ reflecting a national trend in higher education. More than 300 intensive English learning programs operate at colleges‚ universities and city centers across the U.S.‚ according to the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

Kennesaw State has spent more than 20 years developing programs to internationalize the curriculum‚ and in 2007‚ launched its “Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship” initiative. Today‚ more than 1‚700 international students from some 142 countries are enrolled‚ and the number of students participating in study−abroad programs has grown by a dramatic 142 percent over the past five years.


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