Certified Intensive English (CIEP)

The Certified Intensive English Programme – CIEP is ideal for students who wish to learn English to further their academic study and advance their career.

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.

Key Information

Maximum number of students per class
Number of lessons per week
Number of weeks for each level
Number of start dates annually


CIEP Programmes covers the following skills and strategies:

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.


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

Achieve their full potential for personal, professional or educational success

Achieve their full potential for personal, professional or educational success

Master speaking, reading and writing skills

Master speaking, reading and writing skills

Develop organisation, coherence and accuracy in writing

Develop organisation, coherence and accuracy in writing

Acquire research and note-taking skills

Acquire research and note-taking skills


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.

The ELS Progression Pyramid
The ELS Progression Pyramid
08.30AM – 10.25AM Structure & Speaking Practice
10.30AM – 11.25PM Vocabulary Enrichment
11.25AM – 12.25PM Lunch
12.30PM – 02.25PM Reading & Writing
02.30PM – 03.25PM Language Technology Centre
03.30PM – 05.30PM Self-study
*LTC available for use


Every Monday Except Public Holidays

Public Holidays

1st: Labour Day
17th: Awal Ramadhan (JB – Tentatively)
29th: Vesak Day
2nd: Nuzul Al-Quran (Except: JB)
15th: Hari Raya Puasa (Day 1)
16th: Hari Raya Puasa (Day 2)
22nd: Hari Raya Haji
31st: Merdeka Day
9th: Agong’s birthday
11th: Awal Muharram
16th: Malaysia Day (Replace: Monday)
15th: Hari Hol (JB only)
6th: Deepavali
20th: Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
11th: Selangor Sultan’s Birthday (SJ & UPM)
25th: Christmas Day