|Introduction to the Language Expectations of the Programme and Academic Environment
In this module, students will familiarize with language expectations in relation to all skills. Understanding the main ideas of texts, engaging in discussions on a wide range of topics, and expressing feelings and opinions with clarity are the main objectives of the first module. They are expected to gain a clear understanding of the language skills they need to achieve and the expected competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will also receive an orientation to Higher Education life and academic culture, including academic integrity, research ethics, and time management. Special emphasis will be placed on developing effective study skills and strategies, note-taking skills, organizing study material and utilizing academic resources available on campus and online.
Through this course, students will familiarize with digitally mediated contexts such as phones, tablets, emails, social media and more.
|Listening and Speaking Skills Development
Students will work on enhancing their listening and speaking skills through various interactive activities. They will learn how to understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically simple speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect. They will listen to authentic academic lectures, debates, discussions and presentations, and practice summarizing and discussing the main points. Special attention will be given to pronunciation, intonation, and appropriate use of formal and informal language.
Students will familiarize with the use of technology and digitally mediated contexts and learn how to include them in their language learning experience.
Students will make use of grammatical rules and structures within a variety of speaking activities and discussions. They will be asked to use correct tenses and sentence structure improving in this way their knowledge of the language.
|Reading Skills Enhancement
This module will focus on improving students’ reading skills. Students will read a variety of academic texts, such as research articles, essays, and literary pieces, to enhance their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. They will learn how to analyze and interpret texts, identify main arguments, and draw basic conclusions. They will acquire strategies on how to extract key information and making inferences from different texts. They will learn how to recognize a text that provides factual information or aiming at convincing readers regarding a particular issue or subject. They will learn how to recognize different structures in discursive text: contrasting arguments, problem-solution presentation, and cause-effect relationships. They will learn how to obtain information, ideas, and opinions from sources within their field. They will develop strategies for efficient reading and effective notetaking.
Through this module, there will be reference to grammatical phenomena included in reading texts and following up with specific activities that reflect students’ understanding and good use of grammar at B2 level.