Currently ILP is focused on the following languages:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Creole (Haitian)
- Patois (Jamaican)
The ILP is structured as THREE courses, each of which is a self-contained 6-month program that builds on the previous one. Students are awarded a "Certificate of Proficiency" on successful completion of the examinations at the end of course. In certain circumstances, these courses may be transferable as academic credit to other programs of study in other institutions, as appropriate.
The courses are structured as follows:
- ILP Beginner: This course (also referred to as ILP I) assumes no prior knowledge of the language and is intended to provide the foundational basis for speaking a language. ILP I seeks to get students to the threshold of "conversational language" while providing the cultural and contextual frame for the language. This introductory course is important for students to understand a culture and the language that derives from that culture.
- ILP Intermediate: This course (also referred to as ILP II) builds on the foundation of ILP I to improve the "linguistic proficiency" of students. It places emphasis on proper grammar and seeks to ensure that students develop the syntax and structure that will prepare them for a lifetime of verbal communication in the language of choice. By the end of ILP II, students are expected to be confident speakers of the language.
- ILP Advanced: ILP III focuses on writing and formal communication in the language. It provides ample opportunity for writing and formal communication with the goal of firming up the confidence of students into becoming proficient speakers and writers in the chosen language.