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ILEC Class

The Intensive English Language Center offers a fresh approach to language teaching. Unlike traditional curricula, in IELC classes, students take an active role in their own learning. Students must participate in class discussions, group projects, library research, as well as other forms of collaborative learning. Students have classes in reading, writing, listening, speaking and conversation as well as mini-courses (4-5 weeks) in content areas of special interest to students. These topics may include literature, computers, business, and drama to name a few. Since students should be active members of their classes, attendance is very important.

During orientation, students take a placement test to determine class level placement. The IELC has six levels: (Please see proficiency scale)

  • Beginning (BEG)
  • Low-Intermediate (LI)
  • High-Intermediate (HI)
  • Low-Advanced (LAD)
  • High-Advanced (HAD)
  • Graduate Level (GRAD)

In the lower levels (BEG, LI and HI), students focus on basic communication skills while in the upper levels (LAD, HAD and GRAD) students concentrate on skills needed for university work, such as note-taking and academic writing.

IELC Levels, Placement and Class Changes

  • Daily schedule of 20 hours per week instruction for beginning through graduate level.
  • The number of levels will vary depending on student enrollment and need.
  • Classes may be scheduled anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily.
  • Students must be available for class during this time. Legitimate scheduling conflicts may be accommodated. 
  • Upon arrival at IELC, students take the placement test during orientation.
  • Many factors affect performance on the placement test; therefore, during the first week of class, students will also take a "level test" to confirm placement.
  • Other reasons for class and level changes are handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • In order to pass to the next level, students need to show satisfactory completion of the "Student Learning Outcome" for each level via graded tests, quizzes, coursework and homework.


IELC is located in room 220 of Edmund J. Cain Hall, on the west side of the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Residence halls are a short walk from campus. All facilities of the university, including the library, computing center, health services, and recreation building, are open to ESL students. IELC offers a number of activities, including trips to interesting places on campus and in the Northern Nevada area.

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