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Texas Intensive English Program at Lamar established

The Lamar Language Institute recently transitioned into the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) at Lamar, a branch campus of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC). This transition, approved recently by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, transferred the program’s administration to the TIEC. TIEC, an association of 32 Texas public universities including Lamar, was formed in 1985 to foster and develop international education programs for TIEC member campuses. Kenneth Evans, president of Lamar, is a member of the TIEC Board of Directors.

“One of the greatest changes I have noticed in the TIEP at Lamar transition from the Lamar Language Institute is that the courses have clearly established learning objectives that are both manageable and measurable,” said Alex Monceaux, a TIEP at Lamar instructor.

The program received an initial one-year accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and is now undertaking a comprehensive self-study and site review to receive a four-year accreditation extension.

James Moore, the director of TIEP at Lamar, serves as the TIEC’s principal liaison with Lamar University. He was previously the coordinator of the English Language Institute at Sam Houston State University.

“I have really enjoyed working with TIEC personnel in Austin as well as the staff and faculty of Lamar University, who have been extremely friendly and helpful,” Moore said.

The program offers two basic levels of education: Foundations of English and English for Academic Purposes. TIEP at Lamar also participates in the Academic Bridge Program. The students’ short and long term goals range from making new friends to being accepted to a college or university and continuing education.

“We provide the support necessary for students to learn the local language and culture so that they can live and study effectively while here,” Moore said.