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.
Learners are familiarized with short texts and paragraphs of an academic nature and are introduced to reading skills and strategies to aid extraction of key information to complete simple sets of notes. Students are taught the basic structure, grammar and lexis for written academic communication at sentence and paragraph level, and analyze and produce basic descriptions, comparisons, and definitions. Listening skills are developed through engagement with short lecture excerpts and short excerpts of presentations and group discussions, to begin to develop listening competencies such as listening for sequence and key words. Speaking skills are developed through familiarizing learners with the basic structure of short oral academic presentations, with a particular focus on introductions and outlining of key points.
To increase understanding of academic texts, learners develop abilities in identifying main ideas, factual information, explanations and descriptions. Writing classes mainly focus on compositions at paragraph level, where learners develop abilities in writing effective topic sentences, but move on to text level towards the end of the course where there is production of short multi-paragraph essays which include introductory and concluding sentences. Lecture extracts are used to develop listening competencies such as identifying main ideas and supporting detail, and to introduce learners to stance and how it can be expressed. Speaking skills are developed through preparing and delivering short academic presentations, where the focus is on providing adequate supporting information and explanation, as well as expressing stance.
Through task-based guided activities, students will learn effective reading strategies by exposure to a variety of academic text types. A range of lecture extracts are used to advance important listening competencies such as predicting content, identifying main ideas, and incorporating these into structured note-taking. Speaking skills are developed through preparing and delivering academic presentations to an audience of peers. The course seeks to help students advance their writing skills through essay composition (guided by formative feedback), modelled on generic styles and structures found in academic texts.
The reading component of this course focuses on the analysis of extended academic discourse in order to identify text structure and the language for comparison, argumentation, and cause and effect. These three genre are central in writing classes, where the organization of ideas and use of language for these text types are practiced, before learners go on to produce well-structured, coherent essays that display a wide, and accurate, grammar and vocabulary range. Lecture extracts and formal talks are used to advance listening competencies such as identifying main ideas, supporting evidence, facts, opinions and the structure of oral argumentation. Speaking skills are developed through participation in seminar discussions and debates, where focus is given to expressing and supporting opinions, developing arguments and responding to the views of others. Learners also prepare and deliver academic presentations with clear explanation of information and visuals, and effectively deal with questions from an audience of peers.