About the IEP

At Upper Iowa University’s Intensive English Program, our main job is to raise students’ English proficiency so that they can take undergraduate classes in English. We teach Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking, and American Culture. This blog will reflect all of these.

Grammar: The fun thing about teaching English as a Second Language is getting to explain all the odd grammatical quirks that exist in English. It is not good enough to say “just because”; you must provide an explanation. I will be posting weekly grammar points and their explanations. If you have any grammar questions you’d like me to answer, please leave them in the comments or email them to intensiveenglishprogram@uiu.edu.

Reading: One of the most difficult aspects of reading in another language is the sheer amount of vocabulary that you are required to know. I will be posting a weekly vocabulary word, illustrated by pictures from around campus.

Writing: Students will share here about their home countries and their lives.

Listening & Speaking: I will be posting videos from time to time asking international students questions about the US, their home countries and their native languages. Be prepared to learn a lot.

American Culture: The Intensive English Program takes eight field trips a semester to cultural sites in the surrounding area, including one overnight trip to a major city like Chicago or Minneapolis. I will post pictures of our adventures here.


If you have any questions about the program or anything else, please email me. I’d love to hear from you.


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