Foundation Program Level One
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 vocabularies and their pronunciation.
Department Goals Addressed in this Course:
This course addresses the following department goals:
- To help students acquire adequate proficiency in the English language and prepare them for their undergraduate studies, at the academic departments.
- 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:
- 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.
- Paraphrase information (orally or in writing) from a written or spoken text or from graphically presented data.
- 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.
- Write texts of a minimum of 100 words, showing control of layout, organization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary.
- Take notes and respond to questions about the topic, main ideas, details and opinions or arguments from an extended listening text (e.g. dialogue/conversation, lecture, news broadcast).
- Follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task, with a number of stages.
- 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).
- 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:
- Apply different tense forms appropriately and correctly, in a given context.
- 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.
- Make use of different forms of countable and uncountable nouns while writing texts and/or delivering talks or responding to questions.
- Utilize different modals accurately in a given context to express ability, make requests, offers etc., while speaking and writing.
- Use prepositions to join words and sentences in formal writing, like reports, formal letters, essays and assignments.
- Compare people, places, things and ideas using comparatives and superlatives of adjectives to ask/give clarification/information and/or express/ask opinion.
- Describe the set of real numbers, all its subsets and their relationship, including closure properties for the four basic arithmetic operations where applicable.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the exponent laws and apply them to simplify expression and manipulate fractions.
- Understand ratio, decimals, percentages, measurements and conversion from one unit to another.
- Simplify rational expression and rationalize numerators or denominators.
- Translate worded problems into mathematical expression and model simple real life problems with equations and inequalities.
- Understand geometric concept such as equation of circle, perpendicular, parallel and tangent lines.
- Use the three types of symmetry of an equation to sketch its graph.
- Perform operation on polynomials and manipulate numerical and polynomial expressions and solve 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree equations.
- Use the quadratic formula to find roots of a second-degree polynomial.
- Know the relationship between degree and radian measure of an angle and find the length of circular arc and the area of a sector.
- Expand vocabulary through recognizing nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, collocations and prepositions.
- Differentiate between words, phrases and expressions needed in social interaction like inviting people, using the phone, etc.
- Use the newly-learnt vocabulary items, in everyday situations.
- Paraphrase information from a spoken text.
- Participate in discussions on a topic relevant to their studies by following and formulating questions, instructions and requests.
- Give reasons to explain and justify their personal opinions.
- 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.
- Use intonation, tone, sequence words and conjunctions in conversations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and idioms used in everyday situations.
- Identify the gist/main ideas of a spoken text.
- Show understanding of comprehension questions when listening to formal and informal conversations.
- Organize information using strategies such as note taking and classifying.
- Identify the use of intonation, tone, sequence words and conjunctions in conversations which help detect feelings, attitudes and useful information.
- Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases from the context of a familiar topic.
- Follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task/tasks.
- Identify the topic and main ideas of a given text of around 300 words.
- Read a given text of around 300 words, for specific details.
- Identify the meaning of new words from context.
- Infer ideas not stated directly in the text.
- Identify basic referents (subject & object pronouns, possessive adjectives and pronouns).
- Recognize differences between fragments and complete sentences.
- Revise sentences and paragraphs including punctuation, spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Use conjunctions to connect sentences.
- Reorder jumbled words to make meaningful sentences.
- Identify the topic and controlling idea in given topic sentences.
- Write well-formed pieces of writing, of about 100 words.
Embedded Outcomes Related to General Study Skills
Managing Time and Accepting Responsibility
- Work in pairs or groups and participate accordingly.
- Follow university policies on attendance and punctuality.
- Show respect for teachers and others and their rights to have a difference of opinion.
- Use a variety of study techniques.
- Work to imposed deadlines.
- Organize and maintain a system of recording vocabulary (keep a vocabulary log)
- Organize and maintain a portfolio of one’s work.
- Extract relevant information from a book or article using reading strategies.
- Use the library system for finding, borrowing and returning library material.
- Use an English-English dictionary for language learning.
- Use a contents page and an index to locate information in a book.
- Find specific information using internet search engines and electronic resources.
- Classify and sort new information.
- Recall and define main concepts.
- Adopt a note-taking strategy (e.g. mind mapping; Cornell system, etc.)
- Support key points with relevant additional details.
- Organize information to enable quick reference at a later date.
- Use notes to create a summary.
- Reproduce key information and supporting details from notes in one’s own words.
- Organize and present information in a logical order, at a comprehensible speed.
- Make use of audio/visual aids when giving oral presentations.
- Maintain some eye contact with the audience and speak in a clearly audible and well-paced voice.
- Observe time restrictions in presentations.
- Address questions from the audience.