Intensive English Programme

Vision and mission

To be the premier ESL and EFL program for international students in the South Pacific region.

To provide high-quality and internationally recognised intensive English language training to assist students in attaining proficiency in English for university preparation or for personal and professional goals.


  • To develop the English language and study skills of international students in preparation for study at USP, or for the use of English in professional and social contexts.
  • To familiarise international students with the people, culture, and customs of Fiji and the USP member countries.
  • To provide student support and administrative services to the highest levels.
  • To facilitate intercultural awareness and understanding among students.
  • To hire, support, and retain a highly qualified and competent team of people that demonstrate the highest standards of professional conduct, abilities and experience in teaching English as a Second Language.
  • To encourage active faculty and staff participation in the development and evaluation of the program.
  • To foster an intellectual atmosphere in which professional development is encouraged and pursued by the faculty and staff
  • To serve as an English-language proficiency testing centre
  • To establish a local, regional and international presence of the IEP by staff participating and contributing to professional associations, networks and activities.

Contact the Internationals Office


About the Intensive English Programme

The Intensive English Programme (IEP) is a general English language programme that is offered 4 times (Terms 1-4) a year and taught at six competency levels comprising the four macro skills:

Listening, Speaking Reading, Writing. The programme will empower you to use English socially, for study and for work.

A skill-based syllabus is employed where the following components are equally weighed:

Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
You will learn these four skills in a lively way that gets you motivated.
Skills are practised in classes under the direction of a tutor.

It is important however that the learner take charge of his/her learning in an engaging, diverse and a caring environment.

We will ask you to speak a lot and to get involved in a wide variety of activities.
There will be many opportunities for you to practice what you have learned so that you become an “active” learner.

  • Students will be assessed across all 4 skills on a regular basis and individually monitored on their progress.
  • Class size is average 15 students.
  • Students go on educational and recreational excursions regularly.
  • Students will benefit from doing regular homework to consolidate their learning in class.

Each course comprises 210 contact hours. To ensure that learners benefit from the total number of hours,
there are twenty one hours of classes spread over 10 (ten) weeks.

Courses in IEP are offered to those who have either completed the pre-requisite course or
those who qualify after passing the Placement Test.

IEP 2019 Term dates

IEP Terms

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Classes Start        





Payment Deadline





classes End





Course Content

Summary >> Go to New Headway >>
Typical weekly schedule

Class Timetable






8.30am – 9.30am



9.30am – 9.40am


9.40am- 11am




11.20am – 1.00pm


Instructional Methods

Both inductive and deductive techniques are applied in the IEP classroom.
The teacher’s role is that of a facilitator and it is expected that students take charge of their learning.
That is, students are expected to use their own creativity, asking questions to seek explanation,
encouraging discussion, as well as speaking to English speakers outside of the class time
in order to capitalize on the learning process. Some course features are:

  • News-based lessons
  • Task-based lessons
  • Discussions; Debates
  • Multi-media and computer based lessons
  • Using English in the real world, e.g. shopping, eating out, travel or making conversation
    Project work; Skits; Role-play


In class

  • The text required for this course is the ‘New Headway (Student’s Book)’ and accompanying workbook.
  • These can be purchased from the University Book Centre.
  • Material will be acquired from the abovementioned text as well as from other sources to ensure that the syllabus is covered.
  • Students are to complete grammar exercises in their workbooks and check these against the answer key.
  • Purchasing an English or bilingual dictionary is recommended.
  • Supplementary material for skills classes will be provided by the tutor(s) in the form of hand-outs.

Main Library

It is recommended that students make ample use of the University Main library, located at Laucala Campus, Suva.
Daily newspapers are available for your use.
Borrowing textbooks and fiction books in English related to students’ particular interests or professional fields is encouraged.


FALE E-Learning Centre and Smart Classroom

This centre offers web-based facilities and resources for your use.

Assessment Tasks





Grammar,Vocabulary,Reading,Writing,Listening & Speaking




Grammar,Vocabulary,Reading,Writing,Listening & Speaking





Grading System










78 – 84

71- 77

64 – 70

57 -63

50 – 56

40 – 49

< 40

>50% = Certificate of Completion         < 50% = Certificate of Attendance    (Attendance Policy Applies)


Asela Tuisawau(Coordinator)

Bachelor of Arts, Language and Literature, Geography: University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics: Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Keith Giblin

Bachelor of Arts in English: University of Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Arts: University of Auckland, New Zealand
Diploma in Drama: University of Auckland, New Zealand
Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching: Auckland Teachers’ College/ University of Auckland, New Zealand
Cambridge English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA): University of Auckland, New Zealand

Placement Test

You may try out this free online placement test to check your current English language level.

IEP uses a similar grammar placement test.
In addition, you will also be tested on your Speaking and Writing skills in order to fine-tune our assessment of your English language level and place you in the appropriate class.

How to Apply

There are a few steps you need to follow to make sure your application is complete.
When your application form is filled, make sure you’ve checked it thoroughly and attached all required documents.
Send it by priority mail to: USP International, University of the South Pacific,
Laucala Campus Private Mail Bag Suva, Fiji Islands

FALE-Student Learning Support Information (FALE-SLS)

Welcome to the Student learning Support (SLS) for Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) students.

Studying at USP can be a very different prospect to that of studying at senior secondary school. You have a lot more independence, a new environment, a wider variety of cultural groups and greater control over your learning. Navigating through these can be daunting. Not to worry!

We, at Student Learning Services (SLS) endeavor to provide you with a comprehensive range of services that will hopefully make your learning experience worthwhile. All our services are free of charge; we actually pay others to assist you so feel free to contact us for all your academic learning needs. If we are not able to assist you, we will try our best to refer you to people who can assist. We acknowledge that university studies can be challenging. We, thus firmly believe in equipping students with appropriate and relevant study and academic skills that will make their university journey rewarding. So feel free to drop into our SLS office in the FALE building on Laucala Campus or use any alternative means of contacting us and we hope not to disappoint.

The services we provide are:

  • Workshops: a series of tailor made workshops designed in collaboration with and on the advise of course coordinators where you get an opportunity to try out using academic and English learning skills,
    Face2Face consultations (Drop-in): face to face where you get to discuss specific academic and learning issues with a Learning Specialist.
  • PASS Sessions: support facilitated by a high achieving student who has excelled in the course which can help increase your academic performance (100 level courses).
  • Senior Peer Mentoring (SPM) sessions: support facilitated by a high achieving student who has excelled in the course which can help increase your academic performance (200 and 300 level courses).
  • E-mentoring consultations: assisting students via email or one selected social media websites.
    Study guides: Printed and soft copies of study guides on specifically targeted areas of skill achievement.

Follow the links on the left to find out more about the various ways we can be of service to your academic needs. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact our SLS Specialists at the Laucala Campus:

Shailesh Lal:
Hilda Vukikomoala:

Hours: 8.00-4:00 pm
Phone#: + 679 323-2260

Remember, we are here to assist you. So feel free to come see us anytime during opening hours.

If you are not based at the Laucala Campus, not to worry. We have SLS Specialists at various other campuses who will be more than eager to assist you. Their contact details are as follows:


Yogeeta Devi:
Hours: 9.00-5.00 pm
Phone#: + 679 881-7707


Shaleshni Prasad:
Hours: 9.00-5.00 pm
Phone#: + 679 666-6800 ext 1222


Waisea Tabua:
Hours: 9.00-5.00 pm
Phone#: +678 22748/22165


Beneteta Raobati:
Hours: 9.00-5.00 pm
Phone#: +686 21085

Marshall Is

Sa’a Finiasi:
Hours: 8.30-4.30 pm
Phone#: +692 2411279/ 8257

Solomon Is

Paulini Tamaninuve:
Hours: 9.00-5.00pm
Phone#: +677 21307/08/09


Niseta Buatava: 
Hours: 9.00-5.00 pm


Peseti Tupou Vea:
Hours: 8.30-4.30pm





Video 1

USP IEP Term III, 2014
Speaking Assessment

Shopping in Suva City, Fiji

Video 2

USP IEP Term III, 2014

Video presented at Graduation ceremony

Video 3

USP IEP Term I, 2015
Speaking Assessment

Cooking class demonstration

Video 4

USP IEP Term III, 2015
Activity Quiz

Speaking Activity Quiz Show

Video 5

USP IEP Term III, 2015
Speaking Activity

Speaking Activity Movie Review

Video 6

USP IEP Term III, 2015
Speaking Activity

Speaking Activity Home Shopping Video

Video 7

USP IEP Term III, 2015
Video Presentation

Video Presented at Graduation