Course Information

Course Title           : Integrated Intensive English – Level 1

Course Code         : FOUND 101,102, 103

Prerequisite           : None

Credits                    :  16 hours

Teaching Hours    : 16 Hours of Lecture per Week

Teaching Methods :  Interaction between instructor and students, pair work and group work

Course Description

Integrated Intensive English - Level 1 is a learner-centered syllabus designed to develop an overall English language proficiency at both the basic and the elementary levels in order to prepare  students for the challenges of the pre-intermediate studies in Level 2. It follows a step-by-step approach with a variety of manageable and stimulating communicative activities, giving the students a clear and steady sense of progression and helping them consolidate their knowledge of English language. It also helps the students build and develop a wide range of high-frequency vocabulary and their pronunciation. 

Department Goals Addressed in this Course:

This course addresses the following department goals:

  1. To help students acquire adequate proficiency in the English language and prepare them for their undergraduate studies, at the academic departments.
  2. To prepare students in their study skills and learning patterns through note-taking, searching for and collecting information from different sources, doing projects and writing assignments that help them in their academic studies.

Department Program Objectives

By the end of this course, the following program objectives will be achieved:

  1. Participate in a discussion on a topic relevant to their studies by asking questions, agreeing/disagreeing, asking for clarification, sharing information, expressing and asking for opinions.
  2. Paraphrase information (orally or in writing) from a written or spoken text or from graphically presented data.
  3. Prepare and deliver a talk of at least 2 minutes. Use library resources in preparing the talk, speak clearly and confidently, make eye contact, use body language to support the delivery of ideas and respond confidently to questions.
  4. Write texts of a minimum of 100 words, showing control of layout, organization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary.
  5. Take notes and respond to questions about the topic, main ideas, details and opinions or arguments from an extended listening text (e.g. lecture, news broadcast).
  6. Follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task, with a number of stages.
  7. Listen to a conversation between two or more speakers and be able to answer questions in relation to context, relationship between speakers, register (e.g. formal or informal). 
  8. Read a text of about 300 words and identify the main idea(s) and extract specific information, in a given period of time.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Grammar:

  1. apply different tense forms appropriately and correctly, in a given context.
  2. relate sentences using various forms of subject, object and possessive pronouns while writing texts, reports and projects and/or delivering talks or responding to questions.
  3. make use of different forms of countable and uncountable nouns while writing texts  and/or delivering talks or responding to questions.
  4. utilize different modals accurately in a given context to express ability, make requests,  offers etc., while speaking and writing.
  5. use prepositions to join words and sentences in formal writing, like reports, formal letters, essays and assignments.
  6. compare people, places, things and ideas using comparatives and superlatives of adjectives to ask/give clarification/information and/or express/ask opinion.

Vocabulary:

  1. expand vocabulary through recognizing nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, collocations and prepositions.
  2. differentiate between words, phrases and expressions needed in socialinteraction like inviting people, using the phone, etc.
  3. use the newly-learnt vocabulary items, in everyday situations.

Speaking:

  1. paraphrase information from a spoken text.
  2. participate in discussions on a topic relevant to their studies by following and formulating questions, instructions and requests. 
  3. give reasons to explain and justify their personal opinions. 
  4. produce a clear and confident talk of about 2 to 3 minutes with accurate pronunciation and appropriate fluency, making eye contact and using body language.
  5. use intonation, tone, sequence words and conjunctions in conversations.
  6. demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and idioms used in everyday situations.

Listening:

  1. identify the gist/main ideas of a spoken text.
  2. show understanding of comprehension questions when listening to formal and informal conversations.
  3. organize information using strategies such as note taking and classifying.
  4. identify the use of intonation, tone, sequence words and conjunctions in conversations which help detect feelings, attitudes and useful information.
  5. infer the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases from the context of a familiar topic.
  6. follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task/tasks.

Reading:

  1. identify the topic and main ideas of a given text of around 300 words.
  2. read a given text of around 300 words, for specific details.
  3. identify the meaning of new words from context.
  4. infer ideas not stated directly in the text.
  5. Identify basic referents (subject & object pronouns, possessive adjectives and pronouns).

Writing:

  1. recognize differences between fragments and complete sentences.
  2. revise sentences and paragraphs including punctuation, spelling and grammar mistakes.
  3. use conjunctions to connect sentences.
  4. reorder jumbled words to make meaningful sentences.
  5. identify the topic and controlling idea in given topic sentences.
  6. write well-formed pieces of writing, of about 100 words.

Embedded Outcomes Related to General Study Skills

  • Managing Time and Accepting Responsibility

  1. work in pairs or groups and participate accordingly.
  2. follow university policies on attendance and punctuality.
  3. show respect for teachers and others and their rights to have a difference of opinion.
  4. use a variety of study techniques.
  5. work to imposed deadlines.
  6. organize and maintain a system of recording vocabulary (keep a vocabulary log)
  7. organize and maintain a portfolio of one’s work.
  • Reaserch Skills

  1. extract relevant information from a book or article using reading strategies.
  2. use the library system for finding, borrowing and returning library material.
  3. use an English-English dictionary for language learning.
  4. use a contents page and an index to locate information in a book.
  5. find specific information using internet search engines and electronic resources.
  6. classify and sort new information.
  • Taking Notes

  1. recall and define main concepts.
  2. adopt a note-taking strategy (e.g. mind mapping; Cornell system, etc.)
  3. support key points with relevant additional details.
  4. organize information to enable quick reference at a later date.
  5. use notes to create a summary.
  6. reproduce key information and supporting details from notes in one’s own words.
  • Giving Presentation

  1. organize and present information in a logical order, at a comprehensible speed.
  2. make use of audio/visual aids when giving oral presentations.
  3. maintain some eye contact with the audience and speak in a clearly audible and well-paced voice.
  4. observe time restrictions in presentations.
  5. address questions from the audience.
  6. achieve the key aim of informing the audience.

Course Policies

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is expected from all students. Attendance falling below 80% (more than 10 one-hour classes or 7 one-hour-and-a half classes) will result in such students becoming ineligible to sit for the final examination. Absence from lectures should be informed to the Registrar. Emergency cases of absence due to hospitalization or due to death of an immediate family member should be supported with approved documented evidence, so that such cases can be considered favorably. In such cases, absentees will be awarded “Drop” rather than “Fail”.

Expectations and Appropriate Behavior of College Students

  • Students are expected to come to the class on time and to participate in the classroom activities and discussions.
  • Students are expected to turn off cell phones, tablets, and other such electronic devices during class. All electronic devices must be kept in bags/pockets while students are seated in the classroom.  Exceptions are permitted only after the teacher’s prior consent.
  • Students are expected to stay in class until the class is dismissed. If a student requires an early dismissal (for a personal reason), this should be arranged with the teacher before the class begins.
  • Students are expected to be attentive and to avoid talking with their peers while the teacher or other students are speaking.

Redemptive Exams and Appeals of Results policy:

Only students who do not attend the exams or have a medical emergency during the early beginning of exams can apply and sit for a redemptive exam. Students should apply for a redemptive mid-term exam, in writing, with a reasonable excuse. Excuses must be approved by the head of department and the course teacher before a student is allowed to sit for a deferred mid-term exam. Students must abide by the date of deferred exam set by the course teacher. Otherwise, he/she is given (zero) in the exam. If the deferred examination application is rejected, the student fails the exam and is given (zero) by the teacher.

Applications for an incomplete final exam should be submitted to the Department of Admission and Registration within two weeks from the end of final examinations. All approved incomplete exams shall take place within four weeks from the beginning of the following semester. All students must abide by the incomplete exams’ dates announced by the academic department. If a student does not abide by the announced date, he/she is given (zero) in the exam.

Students can appeal their results after the announcement of final exams results. All grade review applications must be submitted to the Department of Admission and Registration within two weeks from the final announcement of results. The Department of Admission and Registration is responsible for the formal announcement of grade review results to students after being reviewed by the concerned academic department.

 Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Al-Buraimi University College is committed to creating a “plagiarism-aware” culture, permitting the college to ensure an effective means to identify and control student plagiarism and document the sanctions to be enforced in the event of  any proven act of plagiarism.  Any academic work presented by students is assessed on the assumption that the work submitted by him/her is his or her own, unless designated otherwise.  Plagiarism is considered as an act of academic dishonesty. Students who submit written work which is not their own or which is not properly documented shall undergo appropriate disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures will be decided by the BUC Disciplinary Committee for Students and may take the form of an academic sanction based on the nature of plagiarism and amount of academic dishonesty act. Any cases of recurring plagiarism will bring about more severe penalties.

Textbooks and Supplementary Materials

Textbooks :

Liz and John Soars. New Headway Plus (Elementary) Course Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-477242-6.

Burgmeier, Arline. Inside Reading Intro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-441626-9.

Savage, Alice and Masoud Shafiei. Effective Academic Writing Intro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-432345-1

Supplementary Materials

Handouts prepared by the course coordinator together with the UFP instructors who teach the course.

Recommended Websites and Links:

www.oxfordlearn.com

www.oup.com/elt/student/insidereading

www.effectiveacademicwriting.com