English language for university students


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. 


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 


  • 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.


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.

Duration: 4 Weeks