SEPP Levels

​​A1

If the student has no or minor knowledge of English, he/she is placed in the A1 level. At this level, the aim is to help students learn to use vocabulary and grammar, as well as to improve their ability to understand what they read and hear. In addition to this, they also lay the foundations of their paragraph-writing and speech-giving skills. As a first step, they will be expected to prepare video projects to improve their presentation skills. In order to successfully complete the first level, use the cameras on their laptop computers to record their speeches, read books from the library matching their level and actively participate in classes. During the 8-week-module a variety of assessments, including a midterm is applied. At the end of the module, students take a module completion exam where the objectives of the entire level are assessed. With the weighted evaluation of all these assessments and evaluations, students’ success will be determined as a letter grade. If students receive an A, B or C grade at the end of these exams, they can pass to the next level.

A2

A2 level is designed to enable learners to build upon their basic language skills and achieve an overall English language proficiency leading to the Intermediate level. We aim to develop students’ language skills, vocabulary and grammar. By the end of the course, they will have learned how to identify the gist/main idea and comprehend specific information of listening and reading texts of their level and on various genres. In addition, they will have demonstrated their command of level appropriate grammar and vocabulary in forming a coherent and cohesive opinion paragraph and in accomplishing conversation, oral presentation and group discussion tasks that require the use of level specific functions, strategies and organization skills.

B1

At this level, students begin to learn academic English. B1 level aims for them to acquire the skills of listening and note-taking, essay writing, reading and understanding an academic text, making presentations and actively participating in discussion, all of which will be used in their academic life. At this level, they receive an education which will enable them to actively use the internet and library resources, access and read academic articles, make presentations and do research. At the end of  B1 level, along with the evaluation of the process in writing and speaking, students take one midterm exam and one module completion exam.

B2

B2 students are expected to build up on what they have learned in previous levels and develop new academic skills. As for listening, they especially practice to improve their note-taking skills through listening to longer and more academic lectures and also continue to practice listening for specific information through while listening exercises. As for writing, they continue to work on the essay structure. What is different is we expect them to write longer essays, sound more academic, use the level appropriate structures and vocabulary items to have more complex sentences. What is more, they start to provide evidence from reliable sources through paraphrasing or summarizing some parts of the articles given. They learn how to cite utilizing APA citation guidelines. In reading classes, students are asked to guess meaning from context and not allowed to use dictionaries. They practice basic reading strategies that they have learned before through reading longer and more complex texts. This is the level where they start to make inferences, reflect on the arguments in the text and support their ideas with evidence from the text. As we always integrate all skills, to meet speaking objectives, we do provide them with listening and reading texts to get them to reflect on the texts, find evidence from the texts to support their point of views and refute the opposing ideas while they are practicing discussion skills. Overall, we want upper students to use more varied and complex structures, and provide evidence from reliable sources to support their opinions while speaking and writing, which means they will sound stronger, more academic and high level.