The main aim of the Language Centre with regard to English is to bring students to master the language and be able to interact in the different disciplines through the provision of courses in English for Academic Purposes.

Upon request, the LC is happy to offer English courses for special purposes, such as: Business English, English for banking and finance, Professional presentation in English, etc.

The Language Centre assists students in meeting the English language requirement through the provision of courses in English for Academic Purposes. The courses provide a solid foundation in academic reading, academic writing, academic listening and academic speaking, and equip learners with skills and strategies that can be transferred to their studies in faculty. In academic reading and writing classes, learners adopt a range of reading strategies to achieve different reading purposes, critically evaluate key texts, organize essays, and adopt an appropriate writing style. In academic listening and speaking classes, comprehension is developed through engagement with academic lectures and making useful notes, and learners are trained to effectively take part in seminar discussions, ask and respond to questions, give and justify opinions, make presentations and learn from feedback. Focus is also given to language development where learners analyze lexical and grammatical functions of language in academic contexts to see how specific meaning is expressed, particularly in writing. 

ENGLISH PROGRAM MAIN PAGE

The main aim of the Language Centre with regard to English is to assist students in developing their English and academic skills in order to meet the Institute's language requirement set for graduation. To do this, the Language Centre provides multi-level courses in Academic English for students enrolled on the various academic programs, and courses in Business English for students enrolled on programs within the Executive Education Excellence Centre.

The Language Centre also provides English Language Workshops each semester to serve the needs of the Institute's students, alumni, and staff, and Tailored English Courses to serve the Doha community.

 

TAB 1: ACADEMIC ENGLISH

The Language Centre assists students in meeting the Institute's English language requirement through the provision of courses in English for Academic Purposes. The courses provide a solid foundation in academic reading, academic writing, academic listening and academic speaking, and equip learners with skills and strategies that can be transferred to their studies in faculty. In academic reading and writing classes, learners adopt a range of reading strategies to achieve different reading purposes, critically evaluate key texts, organize essays, and adopt an appropriate writing style. In academic listening and speaking classes, comprehension is developed through engagement with academic lectures and making useful notes, and learners are trained to effectively take part in seminar discussions, ask and respond to questions, give and justify opinions, make presentations and learn from feedback. Focus is also given to language development where learners analyze lexical and grammatical functions of language in academic contexts to see how specific meaning is expressed, particularly in writing. 

 

ENG000

This course introduces learners to the very basics of General and Academic English. It aims to assist learners in interacting effectively at the Beginner Level, CEFR A1. The intended learning outcomes are:

1. To gain an understanding of the content of basic informative and descriptive texts on topics of immediate relevance; to begin to skim, scan, and read for main ideas and detail in basic texts.

2. To produce simple sentences about oneself, others, and on topics of immediate relevance; to link words or phrases with basic connectors such as and or then and use basic punctuation correctly such as full stops and capital letters.

3. To ask and answer questions about oneself, others, and familiar topics when conducting and responding to a survey or interview, and in giving directions.

4. To follow, and identify main ideas and details in basic presentations, conversations, interviews and lectures that are very slow and carefully articulated.

5. To display and/or have knowledge of the appropriate lexical resources and grammatical structures for very basic communication across the disciplines and to fulfil CLOs 1-4.

 

ENG001

This course continues to introduce learners to language skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assists learners in cultivating the necessary skills for effective interaction at the Elementary level, CEFR A2. The intended learning outcomes are:

1. To read a range of short academic texts with reasonable speed and basic understanding in order to understand the purpose of the text as a whole, understand the purpose of the paragraphs, recognize and evaluate text types for academic study, and identify relevant information.

2. To produce accurate sentences using simple structures, develop compound sentences using basic linking-language, and begin to form coherent paragraphs using lexis appropriate to the task.

3. To demonstrate basic skills in giving short oral presentations following a prescribed structure; to participate in short class discussions with respect to expressing and supporting opinions in a basic manner.

4. To extract important information from short academic texts and short slow-paced lectures to form simple notes.

5. To display and/or have knowledge of the appropriate lexical resources and grammatical structures for basic communication across the disciplines and to fulfil CLOs 1-4.

 

ENG002

This course develops learners' language skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assists learners in cultivating the necessary skills for effective interaction at the Pre-Intermediate-level, CEFR B1. The intended learning outcomes are:

1. To utilise a number of strategies in order to improve reading speed and understanding of short academic texts; to identify the language of simple definitions, comparison and contrast, main arguments, and perspective.

2. To demonstrate the ability to produce simple definition, comparison, and stance paragraphs; to identify topic sentences in paragraphs; to produce a 200-word argument essay with suitable introductory and concluding paragraphs.

3. To demonstrate the ability to deliver presentations that explain a simple concept, compare visual data, and express their opinion on a controversial topic from their major.

4. To extract main and supporting information from short academic texts and short lectures to form notes and begin to develop these into summaries.

5. Display and/or have knowledge of the appropriate lexical resources and grammatical structures for communication across the disciplines, and to fulfil CLOs 1-4.

 

ENG003

This course further develops learners' language skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assists learners in cultivating the necessary skills for effective interaction at the Intermediate-level, CEFR B1+. The intended learning outcomes are:

1. To read academic texts with speed and understanding; to know and practice different reading strategies; to have an awareness of various academic genres; to comprehend, analyse, and synthesize academic texts; to recognize key words and main ideas; to be aware of author's perspective and stance in a text.

2. To demonstrate the ability to compose definitions, descriptions, and short texts using appropriate academic discourse; to select and integrate relevant citations and references as direct or indirect quotations from academic sources into written text; to produce a 400-500 word essay relating to their major, using a range of structures and cohesive devices with reasonably accuracy.

3. To demonstrate the ability to organize an academic oral presentation, and effectively deliver a presentation with effective visuals that explain concepts related to the student's major; to attempt to incorporate and report data in presentations through citations and references; to participate constructively in academic seminars, exhibiting the ability to express stance, point of view, sharing of opinion and hedging.

4. To extract topics and sub-topics from academic texts and lectures to take notes; to develop notes into paraphrases and summaries.

5. Display and/or have knowledge of the appropriate lexical resources and grammatical structures for cohesive communication across the disciplines, and to fulfil CLOs 1-4.

 

ENG004

This course further develops learners' language skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assists learners in cultivating the necessary skills for effective interaction at the Upper-Intermediate-level, CEFR B2. The intended learning outcomes are:

1. To read a range of extended academic texts with speed and understanding; to establish a specific purpose for reading a text; to assess relevance and evaluate a text; to employ effective reading strategies to understand detailed meaning; to employ a range of critical reading strategies; to understand how organization, structure and language are used to achieve a specific purpose.

2. To demonstrate the ability to write effective definitions, descriptions, and longer compositions including 700 word comparison, argument, and cause and effect essays relating to their major, using a range of simple, compound, and complex grammatical structures, cohesive devices, citations, and general and academic vocabulary appropriate to the task.

3. To demonstrate the ability to give effective oral academic presentations that explain visual information and report research findings, successfully deal with a range of follow-up questions from listeners, and ask appropriate follow-up questions to presenters; to actively and effectively participate in seminar-style discussions with regard to: expressing and supporting opinions; agreeing and disagreeing; summarizing, reformulating and reporting ideas; and negotiating meaning and outcomes.

4. To extract key information from academic texts, lectures and formal talks to produce effective notes, summaries and paraphrases.

5. To display and/or have knowledge of the appropriate lexical resources and grammatical structures for effective and cohesive communication across the disciplines, and to fulfil CLOs 1-4.

 

TAB 2: Business English for Executives

The Language Centre assists students enrolled on the Executive Master's in Public Administration program in meeting the Institute's English language requirement through the provision of an accelerated course in Business English. This course addresses the language and communication needs of employees at all organizational levels who are required to operate in English. The main emphasis of the course is on increasing abilities and confidence in spoken communication through participation in role-plays and use of case studies that reflect real workplace contexts. These include communicating with colleagues and clients by phone and in a range of face-to-face situations such as informal meetings and discussions. The overall goal is to assist learners in cultivating the necessary skills for interaction at the intermediate-level (CEFR B1+) in order to improve efficacy of communication in the business environment. The intended course learning outcomes are:

1. To demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively within various business situations, including networking, telephoning, and negotiating, using appropriate tone and register.

2. To demonstrate the ability to participate constructively in business meetings, exhibiting the ability to express opinions, agreement and disagreement.

3. To demonstrate the ability to create persuasive oral presentations with effective graphics related to their field of expertise; to structure a presentation from introduction to conclusion using appropriate cohesive devices.

4. To comprehend, analyse, and synthesize listening tasks related to real-life work situations; to be able to identify key points, and follow main ideas and supporting arguments.

5. To develop reading comprehension and an appropriate writing style for email, reports, and other business documentation.

6. To develop grammatical accuracy, business vocabulary, and functional business language for applied use in the workplace.

 

TAB 3: ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS

The Language Centre provides a range of English Language Workshops each semester to address the linguistic and communicative needs of the DI's students, alumni, and staff. These interactive workshops aim to develop academic writing, professional writing, and communication skills, to aid success in academic and professional life. Topics include:

- Introduction to the Writing Process and Writing Introductions

- Writing Cohesive Paragraphs and Conclusions

- Editing Academic Writing

- Presentation Skills

- Introduction to the IELTS test

- Writing Effective Emails

- Writing Personal Statements

 

Tab 4: Tailored English Courses

Upon request, the Language Centre can provide English courses to serve the wider Doha community. These include courses in General English, IELTS Preparation, and Business English.