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)
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
commas semicolons colon full stops question marks ...sentence construction and sub-clauses
slang and contractions
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
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.