Couldn’t get through the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT) ?

Worry not!

The Intensive English for Academic Preparation (IEAP) program is primarily for FCC applicants to transition into the Baccalaureate program. Applicants unable to pass the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT) can join the IEAP to improve their language skills through a structured and comprehensive program which covers reading, writing, listening and speaking. Completing the IEAP program not only gives students the opportunity to significantly improve their academic English, it also helps them succeed during their Baccalaureate studies and in their future careers. The IEAP program is also open to current Baccalaureate students who feel their performance in university would benefit from additional English language skills.

In IEAP students are trained in:

  • Academic reading
  • Essay writing
  • Understanding lectures
  • Public speaking
  • Communicative English
  • Critical thinking
  • Study skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Computer skills

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  • 5 sessions each year: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer.
  • Each session lasts seven weeks.
  • Fees are paid by session.
  • Levels progressing from 1 to 5; each level has a Reading/Writing component and a Listening/Speaking component.
  • Students placed in a Level based on computerized placement tests.
  • Students must pass the Level exam to proceed to the next Level; certificates awarded on successful completion of each Level.
  • After passing Level 5, students can sit again for the FEAT. Passing the FEAT with the required T-Score for a particular program admits a student into the relevant FCC Baccalaureate Honors program.
  • Total duration depends on entry Level and progress in each Level. E.g. if a student enters in Level 5 and passes the Level in the first attempt, he/she will be able to re-sit for FEAT after seven weeks.

IE 091A: Listening & Speaking 1

Focuses on developing listening and speaking skills through listening for syllable stress, recognizing word boundaries and reduced forms of speech, and listening for opinions. Speech is developed through role plays, targeted vocabulary, surveys, and asking ‘5-W’ and follow-up questions.

IE 091B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 1

Students are trained in pre-reading and active reading skills such as questioning, predicting, sequencing, and cause and effect. Producing well developed sentences is the focus of writing, while paragraph writing is introduced.

IE 092A: Listening & Speaking 2

Students gain listening skills such as listening for a speaker’s attitude, word recognition, understanding directions, following sequences and understanding cause and effect. Speaking skills include expressing opinions, participating in panel discussions, describing steps in a process, and making suggestions.

IE 092B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 2

Focuses on developing reading, writing, and study skills, as well as critical thinking skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating. Using context to understand unfamiliar words, making charts to organize information, summarizing skills, taking notes, and identifying author’s purpose are skills taught to develop reading ability. Topic sentence writing, prewriting skills, and writing of paragraphs of different genres are the writing focus.

IE 093A: Listening & Speaking 3

Develops listening and speaking skills through listening for intonation, phrases, distinguishing fact from opinion, and figurative expressions. The focus of development for speaking skills includes the use of idioms, intonation to convey meaning, methods of introduction in a presentation, giving explanations using reasons, tag questions, and modals. Skills for gaining information from an academic lecture are introduced.

IE 093B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 3

Reading, writing, and study skills are increased through training in scanning, reading for gist, and utilizing headings, footnotes, photos and other extra-textual material for gaining understanding. Writing paragraphs of different genres is introduced and practiced. Beginning essay skills are introduced.

IE 094A: Listening & Speaking 4

Focuses on developing listening and speaking skills. Specifically, students are trained in how to take notes in an academic lecture, using notes to prepare for tests, and what to listen for in informal classroom interviews. Participation in classroom discussions and formal presentation skills are also taught.

IE 094B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 4

Students learn how to read academic texts, how to think critically about what has been read, strategies for vocabulary development, techniques for note-taking, and test preparation methodologies. Essay writing is developed and practiced.

IE 095A: Listening & Speaking 5

Focuses on developing listening and speaking skills through brainstorming, thinking critically about a topic and then stating your opinion, and participating in active classroom discussions. Listening for stressed words, vocal cues, opinions, and drawing inferences are taught.

IE 095B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 5

Focuses on developing reading, writing, and study skills. Main reading skills presented are personalizing the text, skimming, increasing reading speed, and reading for details as well as main ideas. Writing skills include using passive voice, linking ideas in a text, and writing several genres of essay.

Language Lab

A computer language lab is available exclusively for IEAP students. Students can access listening files and internet-based enrichment lessons daily, in order to complement their classroom instruction.

IEAP Computer Skills

IEAP computer skills complement the IEAP coursework. These classes are available throughout the year at no extra charge for IEAP students.

  • Typing I
  • Typing II
  • Word I
  • Word II
  • Excel I
  • Excel II
  • PowerPoint

IEAP Library

IEAP students have access to a dedicated library where they can borrow books and DVDs to take home. Books are categorized according to Lexile measures so that students can select books appropriate to their reading levels. Watching films increases the students’ exposure to spoken English and improves their familiarity with various English accents.

Financial Aid

IEAP students who prove genuine need can receive Financial Aid by applying at the Financial Aid Office. For IEAP students, Financial Aid is offered for a full five years, so that both their English development and their Baccalaureate studies are covered.

Student Life

The IEAP conducts various extra-curricular activities which allow students to practice English beyond the classroom environment as well as have fun. As full members of the Forman Christian College community, they are also able to join freely in university events and societies.

  1. What is the IEAP program?
    The Intensive English for Academic Preparation (IEAP) program helps FCC applicants to enter the Baccalaureate program. Applicants unable to pass the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT) can join the IEAP to improve their language skills through a structured and comprehensive program which covers reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  2. What is the IEAP program structure?
    The IEAP program is divided into five Levels, progressing from Level 1 to Level 5. Each Level has a Reading/Writing component and a Listening/Speaking component. Students are placed in a Level based on a computerized placement test. Students must pass the Level exam to proceed to the next Level. Certificates are awarded on successful completion of each Level.
  3. How do I enter the IEAP program?
    If an applicant has a good total score in FEAT but is poor in the English component, he/she is sent a letter by the Admissions Office, suggesting they get in touch with the IEAP department. The IEAP staff will explain the program and its benefits to the applicant. If the applicant then decides to enroll in the IEAP program, he/she pays an admission fee, security fee and the first installment of the IEAP session fee. These amounts are written on the challan form sent with the letter from the Admissions Office. After payment of the challan, IEAP students are given an orientation session and a placement test to determine their Level.
  4. Will I get credit for doing the IEAP when I enter the Baccalaureate program?
    No. The IEAP is a pre-Baccalaureate program and IEAP credits cannot be transferred to a student’s Baccalaureate degree.
  5. Can I take Baccalaureate classes while I am in the IEAP program?
    No. The IEAP program is intensive: four hours of instruction as well as lab hours for English proficiency skills. Students are also given daily assignments to complete at home. It is therefore not possible to give sufficient time and attention to the program if the student is also enrolled in a Baccalaureate course.
  6. How do I enter the Baccalaureate program after completing the IEAP program?
    After passing Level 5, students can again sit for the FEAT. Students must pass both the English and Math components of the FEAT to be admitted into the FCC Baccalaureate program.
  7. Will I still be able to get my degree in four years?
    During IEAP orientation, students are given a roadmap explaining how to select subjects once they are in the Baccalaureate program. If this roadmap is followed, it is possible to complete the IEAP sessions and the Baccalaureate degree in four years.
  8. What is the duration of the IEAP program and how long will it take for me to pass Level 5?
    There are five IEAP sessions each year: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer. Each session lasts seven weeks and fees are paid by session. The total time a student spends in the program depends on his/her entry Level and progress in each Level. For example, if a student enters in Level 5 and passes the Level in the first attempt, he/she will be able to re-sit the FEAT after seven weeks. If a student enters in Level 1 and passes each subsequent Level without failing, he/she will require a year to complete all Levels.
  9. What happens if I fail a Level?
    IEAP students are allowed to attempt a Level twice. If a student fails a Level two times, he/she will be asked to leave the program.
  10. Why should I join the IEAP program instead of an academy teaching English?
    The IEAP program is different from English taught in an academy in many ways. Its faculty includes foreign teachers whose mother tongue is English. The ratio of students to teachers is low so students get one-to-one attention. It prepares students specifically for FCC university studies. Students read, write, listen to and speak only English during classes. Computer skills classes are offered at no additional cost. IEAP students not only improve their English proficiency but also gain increased confidence and academic skills for university success.
  11. What do the IEAP courses include?
    IEAP students are trained in academic reading, essay writing, understanding lectures, public speaking, communicative English, critical thinking, study skills and vocabulary.
  12. In addition to English language skills, what does the IEAP program offer?
    Computer skills classes are offered which complement IEAP coursework. These classes are available throughout the year at no extra charge and include typing, word processing (MS Word), spreadsheets (MS Excel) and electronic presentations (MS PowerPoint). These skills are also essential for good performance in the Baccalaureate program.
  13. What facilities does the IEAP program offer?
    IEAP classes are held in air conditioned classrooms with access to multimedia and audio-video facilities. A computer language lab is available exclusively for IEAP students where they learn computer skills and can access listening files and internet-based enrichment lessons daily, to complement their classroom instruction. IEAP students have access to a dedicated library where they can borrow books appropriate to their reading levels. They can also borrow suitable DVDs to take home, thus increasing their exposure to spoken English and improving their familiarity with various English accents.
  14. Does IEAP offer any extra-curricular activities?
    The IEAP conducts various extra-curricular activities which allow students to practice English beyond the classroom environment as well as have fun. These include talent shows, quizzes and field trips. As full members of the FCC community, they are also able to join freely in university events and societies.
  15. How much does each IEAP session cost?
    Students are charged for each seven-week session they register for. The fee for an IEAP session for the academic year 2016-2017 is Rs 47,000 per session.
  16. Are IEAP students eligible for financial aid?
    IEAP students who prove genuine need can receive financial aid by applying to the Financial Aid Office. For IEAP students, financial aid is offered for a full five years, so that both their English development and their Baccalaureate studies are covered. However, financial aid is not offered for Summer sessions.
  17. Are IEAP students eligible for hostel accommodation?
    Female students in the IEAP program are guaranteed hostel accommodation in Hope Tower, the on-campus women’s hostel. FCC also has five on-campus hostels for male students. However, demand is very high and there are limited places for IEAP male students. The earlier a student applies for hostel accommodation, the greater his chance of obtaining a place.
  18. How can I contact the IEAP department?
    Contact us through the following:
    Office: Room 245, Business & Social Science Building Extension, Forman Christian College.
    Landline: (042) 99231581-8 Ext: 632
    Mobile: (0321) 8401564
    Email: ieap@fccollege.edu.pk
    Website: www.fccollege.edu.pk/intensive-english-for-academic-preparation/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fccintensiveenglish