When international students come to ESU, they need to have the English placement tests if they have no any certificates in English. If they failed in IEP tests, they should take IEP classes, which is short for Intensive English Program and focuses on improving the English of English learners. To our surprise, we can’t receive any credit for IEP classes. Compared to IEP students, American students can receive credits when they learn second languages. For instance, when they take Spanish or French, they will receive five credits. As a result, we think it’s unfair to IEP students and we think that IEP students should receive credits for IEP classes.
Before international students enroll, they need to pay money for IEP classes. For example, Denghao, who has four IEP classes this semester, paid three thousand and three hundred dollars for these classes. Although he paid so much money and had difficult classes, he still can’t receive credit for IEP classes. That really makes him feel frustrated.
There is another unfair situation for IEP students who can’t receive credit for classes. Ai Date, who is an exchange student in ESU, will just stay here for one year. Because she has to take some IEP classes, she doesn’t have enough time to take academic classes. But she should bring credits as many as she can to her Japan collage after one year. There are fierce competitions in Japan so Ai feels stressed when she can’t receive credit for IEP classes.
Similarly, Ayumi has the same opinion. She wants to get a bachelor degree in ESU. As usual, it takes American students four years to graduate from ESU. But international students who enter this university at 18 years old and take some IEP classes would graduate when they are older than 22. Ayumi thought that if IEP students can’t receive credit for classes, it prevents them from advancing to society early as workers.
IEP students have a busy day. Nobu, who has four IEP classes, has a very busy day. “It takes me four hours to take IEP classes every day. In addition, I have read a difficult text book in my reading class, taken a lot of tests and tutoring for my structure class, written a lot of essays in my writing class and had a presentation and three reaction reports in my speaking class.” Because he should finish lots of assignments, he said, “I have studied a lot of things in IEP classes.” After finishing lots of tasks in IEP classes, each student gains a lot.
Based on this argument, we want to list what IEP students have done in advanced writing class. Our writing instructor gives us some assignments every day. In his class, we have learned how to make our essays formats more professional, including how to change them into APA/MLA formats. In addition, we have learned how to plan a big project, such as how to work with your teammates and publish prefect newsletters. “The newsletters that we have made have given much useful information to international students,” said Dahao Yu. Some reactions of IEP students reflect that IEP classes can improve our English with many kinds of activities. Some of the tasks took IEP students much more time than homework in our academic classes.
Above all, we think that IEP students endeavored to learn English in IEP classes, and most of them made big progress in improving their English. They should receive credit for classes, because it is effective to encourage them to study English better and make them feel fair.
- Ai Date, Ayumi Kawasaki, Dahao Yu, Hao Deng, Nobuhiko Shiono, Yang Hui