English Language Programs: American Language Center

Intensive English Communication Program (IECP)

Speak English with Confidence

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The Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) is designed for students who want to improve their English communication skills. This full-time program helps students build confidence in their ability to communicate and engage with people from around the world for business, travel, friendship, and social networking.

Why the IECP at UCLA Extension?

  • Improve pronunciation, spoken grammar, and listening comprehension
  • Gain confidence in your ability to communicate with native speakers
  • Visit locations outside the classroom to deepen your learning

Enjoy small class sizes with UCLA-quality instructors and one-on-one tutoring.

What you can expect:

The American Language Center offers all English language programs in person in Los Angeles. Classes run Monday to Thursday from 9am-3pm Los Angeles time (for F-1 students) with occasional make-up classes on Fridays.

Teaching Approach

  • Emphasis on listening and speaking skills
  • Interactive classroom activities: pair and group work, panel discussions, and communication games
  • Class activities build vocabulary used in everyday situations, listening comprehension, fluency, and confidence in speaking English
  • Multimedia and internet-based lessons to reinforce classroom material

Course Length

  • 4-week or 12-week sessions, and one 3-week session in early September
  • Students can enroll in 4 weeks, 8 weeks, or 12 weeks per quarter (with new study material in each 4-week session)
  • Classes typically meet Monday through Thursday for a total of 20 class sessions (60 minutes each) per week

Our 12-week immersive English communication program ("iTwelve") is available in fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students participate in engaging English language immersion lessons and activities. 

During summer quarter, we offer an 11-week immersive English program. "Summer11" is for students who want to study English while enjoying all that Southern California has to offer. 

Minimum Age

Participants must be at least 17 years of age.

Students under the age of 18 must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.


Minimum English skills must be above basic vocabulary knowledge and above basic spoken communication skills.

F-1 Visa

If you are coming from another country to study in the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP), you will need a student F-1 visa. Visitors to the U.S. on tourist visas, B-1 or B-2 visas, who are not eligible for IECP may join the American Communication and Culture course.

The program begins with a face-to-face interview with an IECP teacher to evaluate each student’s English speaking and listening comprehension level. The interview results are combined with grammar and listening test scores to place students in one of three English skill levels: Intermediate Prep, Intermediate, and Advanced.


Morning Classes

  • With an emphasis on speaking and listening, morning classes engage students in a variety of topics through interactive activities, discussions, debates, presentations, and pair/small group work.
  • Subjects include current issues, topical themes in the news/social media, global connections, business trends, and American culture. Morning classes develop students' fluency and build confidence in using English in a variety of situations.
  • Class lessons highlight vocabulary building, idioms, and applicable grammar points.

These integrated skills classes are offered four mornings a week.

Afternoon Classes

Focused instruction and skills practice are used to improve spoken English. Each afternoon, a class is offered twice a week, so students take two different afternoon classes. Afternoon offerings may include:

  • Conversational Grammar: Students practice grammar structures as they converse with classmates in a variety of situations. Role plays, speaking prompts, dialogs, and other interactive exercises are used to facilitate grammar accuracy in spoken English. Students will make short presentations at the end of the session.
  • Pronunciation: Students practice the sounds and rhythms of English so that they can communicate confidently with others. This includes learning to pronounce English words clearly and accurately, using correct word and sentence stress, and incorporating intonation, thought group patterns, and reductions into your speech. Students will make short presentations at the end of the session.
  • Make Your OwnTed Talk: In this class, students learn the skills necessary for delivering outstanding presentations. By choosing individual topics that are pertinent and important to them, students have the opportunity to develop and polish presentations that they can use in their future personal/professional lives. Students receive individual critiques on grammar, pronunciation, and presentation skills from the instructor.
  • Practical Writing: Students learn the accepted formats for emails, letters, reports, and narrative writing. In addition to focusing on the vocabulary and grammar elements used in everyday correspondence, students examine the importance of tone and register.
  • Professional Skills: Professionals today need the English skills that allow them to be successful in the globalized world. In this session, students will focus on oral and written communication skills, public speaking, goal setting, time management, negotiation, and leadership. 

Discover L.A.
Offered when circumstances allow

Build a social networking website using blogs, photos, and video, including a narrated slideshow of your Los Angeles experiences. Students will learn about and visit several locations chosed from the following: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Venice Beach, LaBrea Tarpits, and the Getty Center.

Note: Not all topics are offered every session

Sample Schedule: Intermediate Level

Exact class times may vary. Classes are scheduled on Friday as needed.

Academic Topics: Grammar Focus,
Culture Topics: America through television, Idioms & Slang
Academic Topics: Survival English, Movies, Vocabulary
Culture Topics: Pop Culture Discussion, Media Studies
Optional Computer Lab
Optional Computer Lab
Optional Computer Lab
Optional Computer Lab

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ALC's Intensive Communication program offered me many chances to use English. The excellent teachers listen to students with patience and kindness.

Dokyung Kim
Dokyung Kim

Contact the American Language Center

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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