In the US, as in all English-speaking destination countries, Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) are often the first point of entry for international students coming to study. They range in nature and duration, providing everything from pre-degree academic English or subject-specific English to general English training lasting from one week to several months.
The following slides are from a recent presentation at the ICEF Miami Workshop given by Kathryn Kohut, Executive Director of English USA.
Ms Kohut reported on trends in this important sector of the US higher education landscape as well as policy developments in three areas student recruitment agents should be aware of: The Accreditation of English Language Programs Act, conditional admissions and bridge programme procedures, and the annual vacation policy.
A feature interview with ICEF Monitor (in three parts) follows, and you can read our accompanying article ''Key policy issues afoot for US ESL providers'' here: http://bit.ly/1pNFmj4.