Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP)

The Certified Intensive English Programme – CIEP is ideal for students who wish to learn English to further their academic study, advance their career, or experience foreign cultures and make new friends.

The ELS CIEP Certification is recognised by more than 650 universities around the world as proof of English language proficiency for admissions in place of IELTS or TOEFL scores.


CIEP Brochure (EN)

Key Information

20Students
28Lessons55 mins. per lesson
4Weeks
Weeklyintakes

Programme Structure

Structure & Speaking Practice (SSP)

This class incorporates listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar to give students opportunities to practise language in authentic situations.

Reading & Writing (R/W)

Students learn to improve their English reading comprehension and reading speed, while also practising fluent and accurate writing skills.

Vocabulary Enrichment (VE)

This systematic approach to vocabulary study helps students learn, use, and remember new vocabulary.

Language Technology Centre (LTC) / Self Study

Students also have access to the online interactive language courseware to work on enhancement practices at their own time and pace.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Achieve their full potential for personal, professional or educational success
  • Master speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Develop organisation, coherence and accuracy in writing
  • Acquire research and note-taking skills

What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is a set of guidelines developed by the Council of Europe which describes foreign language ability at six different levels of proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

The Common European Framework of Reference or CEFR is used around the world to describe learner’s language skills and bridges the educational and professional gap between nations and languages.1

How does the CEFR correlate with the ELS standards?

Since 2014, an analysis of ELS Levels and the CEFR was conducted by Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI), a leading language assessment company. In the analysis, SLTI reviewed ELS level objectives, materials and assessments for all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Analysis of each ELS exit level resulted in the following correlation:


* Survey conducted with more than 400 CIEP Advanced Level students

In conclusion, it is evident in the SLTI analysis that ELS students that complete the CIEP Level 109 will have the English skills equivalent to CEFR B2 or IELTS 5.5-6.5.

A brief summary of CEFR levels:

Independent User B2 Vantage
B1 Threshold
Basic User A2 Waystage
A1 Breakthrough

For more information about how the CEFR relates to other English language assessments, click here.

1 Council of Europe (2001). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assesment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

08.30AM – 10.25AMStructure & Speaking Practice
10.30AM – 11.25PMVocabulary Enrichment
11.25AM – 12.25PMLunch
12.30PM – 02.25PMReading & Writing
02.30PM – 05.30PMLanguage Technology Centre / Self Study
  • 2 October 2017
  • 9 October 2017
  • 16 October 2017
  • 30 October 2017
  • 6 November 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 27 November 2017
  • 4 December 2017
  • 11 December 2017
  • 2 January 2018
  • 8 January 2018
  • 15 January 2018
  • 29 January 2018
  • 5 February 2018
  • 12 February 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 12 March 2018
  • 19 March 2018
  • 2 April 2018
  • 9 April 2018
  • 16 April 2018
  • 30 April 2018
  • 7 May 2018
  • 14 May 2018
  • 28 May 2018
  • 4 June 2018
  • 11 June 2018
  • 2July 2018
  • 9 July 2018
  • 16 July 2018
  • 30 July 2018
  • 6 August 2018
  • 13 August 2018
  • 27 August 2018
  • 3 September 2018
  • 10 September 2018
  • 1 October 2018
  • 8 October 2018
  • 15 October 2018
  • 29 October 2018
  • 5 November 2018
  • 12 November 2018
  • 26 November 2018
  • 3 December 2018
  • 10 December 2018