THE Intensive English Programme (IEP) for A-Level students using Chinese as their medium of instruction is to be revised this summer to enhance its effectiveness in improving their English standard. The revised programme will have a new system of continuous assessment, replacing the current Supplementary English Examination (SEE). An English course will be introduced prior to Form Six to prepare students to tackle the A-Level English syllabus. 'The restructuring of the programme, resulting in an earlier start of the course, will better equip students for the Form Six English curriculum and boost the effectiveness of the English programme on the whole,' said Senior Assistant Director of Education Kwan Ting-fai. Under the revised arrangement, a two-week pre-Form Six course (costing $280) will be offered, followed by a four-week post-Form Six course ($550) and a four-week post-Form Seven course ($830), to replace the current four-week post-Form Six and the six-week post-Form Seven courses. Admission to courses run by the British Council will also increase to 1,900 from the initial intake of 1,100 - thanks to the grant from the Language Fund. Apart from the rearrangement of the course structure, a new mode of assessment will also be adopted. Abandoning the practice of advancing the timetable and result announcement for the Use of English Examination, a new system of continuous assessment and end-of-courses tests will be introduced through the joint efforts of the British Council and the Hong Kong Examinations Authority. A list of students, who the authority regards as having a standard which meets the entrance requirements for tertiary courses (normally a Grade E in Use of English), will be compiled based on this assessment. The IEP was first proposed in the Education Commission Report No 4 as a measure to boost the English standard of Chinese-medium students taking the A-Level examination. Under the current programme, students who fail the Use of English examination but pass the SEE are considered to be obtaining a Grade E by local tertiary institutions. The new plan will be launched in August for the 1995-96 Form Six batch. The post-Form Seven courses and the SEE 1995 will remain unchanged.