New Class this Spring/Summer

English 500: Intensive Reading & Responsive Writing

This course offers advanced students the opportunity to upgrade their academic reading, speaking, vocabulary, and writing skills.

Students will examine the daily life and culture of a group of the first Americans to inhabit the northern plains around what is now western Minnesota and the Dakotas.   

This course will include in-class reading of the novel Waterlily, analysis of written material, vocabulary development, critical thinking, discussion, and writing response papers.

Note: this course is limited to students who have achieved a score of 6th grade or higher on the TABE reading or language test (minimum TABE score of 524) and possess basic word processing skills.

English 500: Intensive Reading & Responsive Writing will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 3:30, Monday – Tuesday - Wednesday, for 8 weeks starting May 23 through July 20. Please sign up with the front desk if interested.  There is a $10 materials fee due at registration. Individual copies of Waterlily will be available for purchase through the school for $5.

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Intro to Interpreting

This winter IEC will again be offering Intro to Interpreting.  This course will give advanced (400/500) ESL students an introduction and orientation to the field of community interpreting.  Students will learn about the ethics and requirements of interpreting, how to practice and improve interpreting skills, and common vocabulary and practices for interpreting in legal, medical and educational settings.  This course is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota's program in Translation and Interpreting, and we are pleased to have Professor Scott Homler as a co-teacher for this class.  This is a unique opportunity for students who are fluent bilinguals to get a first step into the exciting career field of language services.  Students who successfully pass this course with a minimum of 90% attendance will receive a certificate upon completion.  Intro to Interpreting will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 3:30, Monday - Thursday for 6 weeks, starting January 25. Please contact the front desk to register or get more information.

 

New classes for Fall

English for Careers

IEC is currently offering an ESL course focused on developing language and practical skills that can give students tools to succeed in different career fields.

Classes will include new vocabulary, practical grammar, communication skills, skills required for specific jobs, and work readiness.

Job topics may include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Child Development
  • Food Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Construction Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Medical Office
  • Maintenance
  • Renewal Energy
  • Small Business

English for Careers will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 4:30, Tuesday - Thursday, through fall term. Please sign up with Hilina or Claire at the front desk if interested. 

Intro to Academic Reading & Writing

This course offers advanced students the opportunity to practice the skills necessary for academic and professional reading and writing.

This course is modeled on similar remedial community college classes; students should expect the class to have an intensive focus.

Topics include strategies for comprehension, retention and analysis of texts, strategies for understanding and using vocabulary, and the process of writing and editing response papers and essays.

Note: this course is limited to students who have achieved a score of 489 or higher on the TABE reading test, and who need to upgrade their literacy skills for college professional work.

Intro to Academic Reading & Writing will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 3:30, Tuesday – Wednesday - Thursday, starting November 3. Please sign up with Hilina or Claire at the front desk if interested.  There is a $15 materials fee due at registration.

New English for Careers class

This fall IEC will be offering English for Careers. In this course students will learn English to help develop language and practical skills that can give them tools to succeed in different career fields.  

Classes will include new vocabulary, practical grammar, communication skills, skills required for specific jobs, and work readiness.  

Job topics may include: Career Exploration, Child Development, Food Safety, Healthcare, Construction Skills, Customer Service, Medical Office, Maintenance, Renewable Energy, Small Business

English for Careers will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 4:30, Tuesday - Thursday, starting October 13. Please sign up with Hilina or Claire at the front desk if interested.

New Translating Class

This spring IEC will be offering Intro to Translating.  This course is for advanced ESL students who are fully literate in both their first language and English, with academic writing skills in each. It will give an introduction and orientation to the field of translation.  

This course will have a strong focus on development of professional writing skills. In addition, students will learn about the basic skills in translation, practice translating texts, understand translation theory and the technology involved in the field, and discover the local professional industry in translation. 

This course is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota's program in Translation and Interpreting, and we are pleased to have Professor Scott Homler as a co-teacher for this class.  This is a unique opportunity for students who are fluent bilinguals to get a first step into the exciting career field of language services.  

Students who successfully pass this course with a minimum of 90% attendance will receive a certificate upon completion.

Intro to Translating will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 3:30, Monday - Thursday for 6 weeks, starting April 20. Please email studentsvcs@iecminnesota.org to get more information.

Intro to Interpreting

This winter IEC will be offering Intro to Interpreting.  This course will give advanced (400/500) ESL students an introduction and orientation to the field of community interpreting.  Students will learn about the ethics and requirements of interpreting, how to practice and improve interpreting skills, and common vocabulary and practices for interpreting in legal, medical and educational settings.  This course is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota's program in Translation and Interpreting, and we are pleased to have Professor Scott Homler as a co-teacher for this class.  This is a unique opportunity for students who are fluent bilinguals to get a first step into the exciting career field of language services.  Students who successfully pass this course with a minimum of 90% attendance will receive a certificate upon completion.  Intro to Interpreting will be offered in the afternoons from 1:30 - 3:30, Monday - Thursday for 6 weeks, starting February 9. Please contact the front desk to register or get more information.

More Winter classes

Math Class continues

IEC will continue to offer the Essential Math class on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:30 during winter term. This class can progress as students progress. Tutoring will still be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1:30.

New Open Computer Lab

In January the IEC will open the computer lab on some afternoons for student use. This is not a class, but it is an opportunity for students to get extra help with English and other life skills. Students can work independently studying English through various web links. There are lessons, quizzes, and games to practice grammar, sentence formation, and listening. Students can also get help with the job application process, making phone calls, or finding housing. The computer lab will be open from 1:30 – 3:00, Tuesday – Thursday starting January 6.