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The norming effect of using a standardized English proficiency test within an IEP

The norming effect of using a standardized English proficiency test within an IEP This is part 3 of a four-part series on the quantitative approach to IEP evaluation. In this part, we will examine questions that may arise in choosing an exam to use in data-driven evaluation […]

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Using data to visualize and evaluate placement and procedures in an IEP

Using data to visualize and evaluate placement and procedures in an IEP This article, which originally appeared on LinkedIn, is part 2 of a four-part series on the quantitative approach to IEP evaluation. In this part, we will look at some illustrative example sample data and discuss […]

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The right way to use test data to improve an English language program

The right way to use test data to improve an English language program Read this article as it originally appeared on iTEP Executive Vice President Dan Lesho’s LinkedIn page. This is part 1 of a two-part series on the quantitative approach to IEP evaluation. In this part, […]

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English proficiency is not a ‘soft skill’

English proficiency is not a ‘soft skill’ See this article as it originally appeared on iTEP International President Jemal Idris’ LinkedIn page.  In the job market, there has been a shift in recent years to focusing on skills. Much of what employers look for these days is “soft skills,” such […]

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Still using SLEP? Time to switch to iTEP SLATE

Still using SLEP? Time to switch to iTEP SLATE Since ETS retired the SLEP exam in 2012, hundreds of high schools, boarding schools, and academies have switched to iTEP SLATE, a powerful English test designed for secondary school-age students. In fact, the number of schools using iTEP […]

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Presentations don’t have to be a waste of time for ESL students

Presentations don’t have to be a waste of time for ESL students By Dan Lesho, Executive Vice President of iTEP International Student presentations are a common way intensive English programs (IEPs) assess oral English skills. Particularly in programs focused on English for academic purposes (EAP), student presentations are […]

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International Students a Security Threat?

International Students a Security Threat? By iTEP Chairman Perry Akins In July, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement suggested new guidelines affecting schools that are approved to enroll international students. Their proposal would give the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) the authority to “request evidence of a […]

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Intensive English Programs (IEPs) Are in Trouble Again

Intensive English Programs (IEPs) Are in Trouble Again Once again, we find ourselves in very challenging times for intensive English language programs in the US. These enrollment valleys occur once every ten years or so. One can cite a variety of reasons for the declining enrollments; however, the […]

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What is CEFR?

What is CEFR? With an increasing number of language tests and certifications out there, one carefully created neutral system aims to provide context for all of them: CEFR or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. While CEFR is the most widespread method of expressing language skill, it’s not […]

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iTEP Prep: Difficult Listening Questions

iTEP Prep: Difficult Listening Questions The listening section of iTEP gets progressively more difficult. After four simpler questions, you have 2-3 more difficult conversations, followed by one most difficult lecture. Each includes multiple questions. You’ll find examples of these more difficult exercises below. Try them, and if you […]

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