Foundation: English language for University Studies

Course Description
This course on English for University Studies aims to assist international students, especially
those from non-English-speaking countries, to develop a level of competence in the language
so that they can read, speak, and write English to a standard acceptable for university studies.
This course is also offered as a refresher course to students who have completed secondary
school examinations in English. The course focuses on developing listening, speaking, reading,
and writing skills. At the end of the course, students will take an English language examination
(IELTS or TOEFL) to evaluate their proficiency.

Course Objectives
On completion of this course, students will:
gain the confidence necessary to express themselves in English without errors
have a solid grasp of English grammar
write clearly while avoiding slang and common spelling errors
listen and take accurate notes in English
speak unambiguous English that is not simply a translation from their mother tongue
read and understand complex academic materials that will assist further academic study

Course Outline
names of parts of speech and grammar
nouns (name of person, place, thing, or abstraction)
adjectives (describes the noun)
pronouns (he, she, we you, which ...)
verbs (denoting an action) split infinitives and splitting verbs
adverbs (quality of verb / how action is done)
clauses (part of sentence containing subject and verb)
sub-clauses (clause within a clause and separated by commas)
conjunctions
prepositions
plurals and possessives

introduction to tenses
Simple Present: for frequent actions
Present Continuous: for present actions
Simple Past: when time/date is mentioned
Present Perfect: when no time is mentioned
Simple Past: for repeated actions in the past
Present Perfect: for past action that is continuing
Syntax and building sentences
capital letters

punctuation
commas semicolons colon full stops question marks ...sentence construction and sub-clauses
hyphenated adjectives
slang and contractions
common errors
vocabulary
a wide range of vocabulary will be developed through class discussions: entertainment, social
issues, politics, environment, globalization, culture and customs, technology, relationships ...
style in written English
idioms
metaphors
Pronunciation techniques
Teaching Methodology
Students will learn through doing. Engaging in pairs and small group discussions with final
presentations will give students the opportunities to practice new skills in language and gain
the confidence to present topics in English to the class.

Course Assessment
Throughout this course, students will practice listening, reading, and writing skills. The
coursework will account for 100% of the course marks and the English language examination
must be passed.