The English Language program offers general English courses that aim to improve the English language proficiency for all students in preparation for later college courses.The suite of English courses available is designed to provide students with a good working command of all four language skills, namely reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are encouraged to communicate among themselves in English while on-campus. Signs and instructions are all in English to encourage and promote use of the language.
|Course Name||Integrated Skills Foundation|
|Co-requisites||ENGL002, ENGL003, and ENGL004|
|Description||This course is intended for students with a beginner to elementary level of English proficiency. It focuses on improving basic language skills through gradual presentation of functional skills needed for communication. While all skills will be improved in this course, the focus will be on reading and writing skills specifically. The course will be student-centered and will include a significant amount of group and pair work, in addition to all-class activities.|
|Course Name||Oral Communication Foundation|
|Co-requisites||ENGL001, ENGL003, and ENGL004|
|Description||This course is intended to provide students with opportunities to develop their communication skills by providing guided and graded listening activities that help students take part in speaking activities. Students practice listening for specific information and general ideas. The speaking section of the course begins with guided speaking activities to more open-ended and student initiated themes towards the end. Although the course focuses on listening and speaking skills, writing is used at the end of each unit to reinforce oral activities. Basic grammatical aspects introduced deductively throughout are presented as a reference at the end of every unit. This course will use a variety of group and pair work, in addition to all-class activities in order to reach its goal.
|Course Name||Grammar Foundation|
|Co-requisites||ENGL001, ENGL002, and ENGL004|
|Description||This course provides students with a solid foundation for English grammar through contextualized listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. It helps students bridge the gap between comprehending grammatical structures and actually using them as it combines controlled and communicative practice in a consistent approach. It aims to link form, meaning, and use through meaningful and engaging communicative activities.|
|Course Name||Vocabulary Foundation|
|Co-requisites||ENGL001, ENGL002, and ENGL003|
|Description||As a parallel to Integrated Skills Foundation, this course gives students an intensive vocabulary review and application, providing them the opportunity to practice many aspects of English. It helps students use increasingly new vocabulary to express themselves effectively and appropriately on topics of immediate relevance. The course focuses on high-use words that will give students a solid vocabulary foundation, which will in turn improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course offers vocabulary learning strategies, which students can utilize after they have completed the course.
|Course Name||Oral Communication I|
|Prerequisites||Foundation or IELTS 3|
|Co-requisites||Engl112 & Engl113|
|Description||In this course, students will develop effective oral communication skills through a variety of general academic situations such as lectures, interviews, and reports. Through guidance and extensive listening practice, the course focuses on getting main ideas, listening for specific detail, and note-taking skills. Speaking activities are linked to listening themes and as such students use current and developing vocabulary resources to discuss listening content and expand them. Students are encouraged to critically think and evaluate different viewpoints and express their own. The course will emphasize fluency but also focus on appropriate accuracy through practice activities on pronunciation, different intonation patterns, and word and sentence stress placement.|
|Course Name||Grammar II|
|Prerequisites||Foundation or IELTS 3|
|Co-requisites||Engl111 & Engl113|
|Description||This course will provide students with formal rules of language and both controlled and communicative practice of these rules. Students will learn to use new structures in a variety of contexts in order to internalize and master them. At this level, students will be building on a foundation of basic grammar to become familiar with increasingly complicated grammar structures.
|Course Name||Reading & Writing I|
|Prerequisite||Foundation or IELTS 3|
|Co-requisites||Engl111 & Engl112|
|Description||This course integrates reading and writing together in an attempt to provide ample exposure to texts to facilitate transition to writing. The course provides instruction and practice on reading strategies like scanning, skimming, guessing word meaning from context, paraphrasing, and summarizing. It also focuses on recognition of main ideas, and supporting details. The writing section of the course attempts to develop writing accurate, concise, and well-connected paragraphs, and reports. Concepts of writing processes like brainstorming, planning, drafting and revising are introduced and practiced. Students practice writing topic sentences that introduce a paragraph, controlling ideas that limit its scope, supporting sentences, and further details that expand a given topic. Writing instruction also focuses on paragraph coherence and cohesion.
|Course Name||Oral Communication II|
|Prerequisites||Level B or IELTS 4|
|Co-requisites||Engl122 & Engl123|
|Description||Following on from Oral Communication Skills1, students will use their vocabulary resources, syntactic knowledge and idiomatic expressions developed to support students in functioning confidently in more challenging academic content. In this second level, there will be a greater focus on effective listening and speaking strategies in using English in extended academic lectures, talks, reports, and radio programs. The importance of non-verbal, verbal communication and intercultural communication will be emphasised in one-to-one, small group and large group communication settings. Practice activities on pronunciation, intonation patterns, and stress placement at the phrase/sentence level and above will be a feature of this course. Suitable appropriate authentic resources and materials – in both e-learning and paper format – will be used to support trainees in taking responsibility for their own learning.
|Course Name||IELTS Exam Preparation|
|Prerequisite||Level B or IELTS 4|
|Co-requisites||Engl121 & Engl123|
|Description||This course will cover each of the four skills tested in the IELTS test: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Using a textbook, classroom activities, and practice tests, students will be exposed to a variety of strategies for improving their IELTS score and will become familiar with the format and design of the exam. A variety of test-taking skills will be taught and practiced.
|Course Name||Reading & Writing II|
|Prerequisite||Level B or IELTS 4|
|Co-requisites||Engl121 & Engl122|
|Description||This course focuses on the development of critical reading skills and academic writing. These interrelated skills are taught through a hands-on approach where potential written material students will deal with after they complete the course are highlighted. It introduces academic reading skills with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary expansion, and inferential ability. Reading passages contain themes common in academic contexts. Post reading activities include review, interpretation, and evaluation of texts. The course also provides instruction on basic research skills such as collecting material from different sources, synthesizing and reporting gathered information. For their course projects, students write informative papers that require library use and online reading on topics relevant to the students’ areas of interest. This is accomplished through careful structured planning for writing that includes aim, audience, message, and appropriate style. It utilizes a combination of the writing process approach with genre-specific models of writing found in the reading section to guide and inform students’ practice.