What do you suggest?

Please write your suggestion below as a comment. Please feel free to remain anonymous. The administrators and faculty members of the IEP at TCU may post your suggestions for all to respond to. You should feel free to write anonymously. You should also feel free to write in English or any of your other languages. We will make sure to post your suggestion as you write it (and we might add our own translation or paraphrase).

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27 thoughts on “What do you suggest?

  1. Thank you for letting us post anonymously! Sometimes, we don’t want to put our name on ideas, but we want to share them. This helps!

    Of course, we know that we are free to share our opinions at the IEP, so we don’t have to post anonymously if we don’t want to.

    🙂

    • Dear Anonymous,
      The IEP instructors and administrators will consider your request. In the meantime, please know that already you do have some opportunities for a special exit exam (in case you are not keeping up with classes by making an A or B grade).

      Exams will only measure level of English mastery. Such tests cannot and do not show any of your good ability to do well in a TCU classroom at the college level. Your grade of A or B reflects not only your ability to ‘understand’ English but also your wonderful incredible skill in taking a TCU class. There you show that you know what being on time is, what attending regularly means, what doing homework and labwork shows, what listening and notetaking gives you, how to interact with other adults who are learning and teaching. So, while the exit exam has some value, your grade in your classes have much much much more value!

      We will consider your good request. Thank you for working hard in classes!

      Sincerely,
      The IEP staff and faculty

  2. I think iep should give student more chance to let students advanced. For example, iep should make more exit exams to let students skip the level.

    • Dear Ming Lu,
      Thank you very much for your suggestion! We will take your recommendation very seriously.

      The IEP instructors and administrators will consider your request. In the meantime, please know that already you do have some opportunities for a special exit exam (in case you are not keeping up with classes by making an A or B grade).

      Exams will only measure level of English mastery. Such tests cannot and do not show any of your good ability to do well in a TCU classroom at the college level. Your grade of A or B reflects not only your ability to ‘understand’ English but also your wonderful incredible skill in taking a TCU class. There you show that you know what being on time is, what attending regularly means, what doing homework and labwork shows, what listening and notetaking gives you, how to interact with other adults who are learning and teaching. So, while the exit exam has some value, your grade in your classes have much much much more value!

      We will consider your good request. Thank you for working hard in classes!

      Sincerely,
      The IEP staff and faculty

    • Cecilia,
      Thank you very much for your suggestion. TCU has contacted the company that services the printer, and we are waiting for a part. Please know that you can find printers in the BLUU and in other computer labs on campus including in the Library.

      Sorry you have to wait. We hope the printer part will arrive soon so that you can print more conveniently on campus.

      Best regards,
      The IEP staff and faculty

    • What a great suggestion, Angela. We will definitely work on providing more speaking practice for you. Please do know that some of you have individual conversation partners. And we do try, every other Friday or so, to give you opportunities to meet and to speak with new people on campus or in the Fort Worth area.

      All the best,
      IEP staff and faculty

  3. Thanks to gave us the opportunity to post any suggestion about the IEP, I think that is a really good course to learn English, that’s why is intensive program. I really like the program, I have 6 months attending classes and I think that I improved a lot in this period of time.

    Thank you.

    • Dear Anonymous,

      You really encourage us with your comment! We love that you are making such good progress on your English. We will only try to do better, and we will always to our best, to help you improve as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.

      Best wishes,
      The IEP staff and faculty

    • Dear Anonymous,

      TCU’s Core curriculum focuses both on spoken communication and written communication in English. This is, therefore, how the IEP at TCU is also structured. Please do let your speaking and listening instructor know that you would like more focus and opportunity to improve your spoken communication. As for ways to advance, would you please offer a few specific examples of what you mean?

      Best wishes,
      The IEP staff and faculty

  4. Good Morning, IEP
    I Think the IEP should offer more listening and speaking class creating more practice for their students. Another suggestion is the IEP should make two class in writing 5P, because the class has many students.

    • Dear Janaina,

      Thank you very much for your good suggestions. We agree with you on both points! Can you give more specific ideas to your listening and speaking teachers? They do work very hard in class, and we also try to provide out of class speaking opportunities. What are some ideas?

      Next session, we hope that the 5P writing class can be made into two. Stay tuned for that.

      Best regards,
      IEP staff

  5. I think the IEP should few people in the writing class. The subject is complicated for many students and sometimes the teacher can’t follow the class because everyone is scattered. I think the IEP should more practice in “conversation class”. For example: we are learning about “modals”, so there could be one conversation class only about this subject. I think that could help students remember.

    • Dear Anonymous,

      Great suggestions! We will work on this. As you may know, we try to keep your classes limited to just a few students. And yes, we will try to give more conversation practice on specific points.

      All the best,
      IEP staff and faculty

  6. Hello,
    IEP directors I think you need to look more at the final score which is 80% to pass the class, I have a suggestion which will be helpful for all of students at IEP, I think that you can make pass score 75% like many programs around the US.

    • Dear “Goodness,”

      Thank you for your suggestion. The academic standards of the TCU degree program are what the IEP at TCU is preparing you for. For the undergraduate degree admission standard, this means at least the equivalence to a bare minimum TOEFL score of 80 with minimum section scores of 20. For graduate degree admission, the minimum TOEFL score is 100 for some programs. Then, once students are admitted to the degree program, TCU requires both writing (composition) and also speaking (public communication) courses. In addition to that, the classes in the degree programs require very strong classroom interpersonal conversation skills, notetaking skills, reading and vocabulary and grammar skills and even writing skills.

      Thus, if it is true that “many programs around the US” allow students to “pass” with IEP grade scores as low as 75%, this low bar will not help you TCU students who continue on in a degree program here at this University. Do know that there are ways to progress faster, by working with your instructor and classmates on additional work that can be tested in IEP examinations at the end of your IEP session.

      Have you seen the ways you can make faster progress, noted in your Handbook supplement here?

      https://iep.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IEP-Student-Handbook.pdf

      Do you have specific suggestions related to the section “Progress: Completing the IEP,” for example?

      If you are not planning on continuing as a TCU student by taking a degree program here, then do let us know your goals. If, for instance, you intend to go to another university that does not have the high English language standards of TCU, then we might be able to work with the admission office of that other college by giving them your TOEFL score. All IEP advanced level students may take the TOEFL here at TCU for free; the IEP offers it to you every semester and during the summer too.

      We do hope this helps. Thank you again for your suggestion.

  7. Dear.Dr Gayle,
    i am currently a IEP student and would like to suggest something to IEP’s administrators and faculty members. I have been a week to this program and had a great time. However, I can not find the Microwave for international students. Not the only me but also some students asked me the Microwave to warn their food. As you know, foreign students has the difference kind of food with native speakers, so they has to bring their food with them. Therefore, I’m strongly recommend that IEP should add the Microwave for international students in order to help them get a great breakfast and lunch. I’m sorry if I say something wrong in this paragraph.
    Thank you so much for understanding.

    • Dear Philip,
      We are very happy you are now part of TCU! Thank you for writing here not only for yourself but also for other students who you’ve talked with. You’re a true leader, a wonderful Horned Frog!

      TCU does, in fact, have microwave ovens for all students, including international students of course. These should be in all of the dining areas on campus. Please find that map provided to you in your IEP orientation packet. It’s also online here: https://tcu.sodexomyway.com/images/2017%20new%20campus%20map.pdf. As you can see, the closet dining area is actually in this Recreation Sports Complex building that includes the Rickel Academic Wing. The NRG in this building has the microwave oven closest to your classrooms and the IEP. We wish we could allow students to cook, to warm food, and to eat in the classrooms. However, it’s because not all share the same tastes and tolerances for smells that TCU restricts dining to the dining areas. We do hope that helps. Keep on with good suggestions!

      Kurk Gayle

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