Course Descriptions

  • Foundation English Program

EN 111
Grammar 1

Grammar 1 is designed for the foundation students at a low intermediate level. Students participate in a variety of activities ranging from simple recognition to active production. Activities develop students’ communication skills and ability to work in pairs and larger groups. The purpose of the course is to build and reinforce mastery of grammar and thereby improve the students’ accuracy and fluency in English.

EN 112
Grammar 2

Grammar 2 is designed for the foundation students at an intermediate level. Students participate in a variety of activities ranging from simple recognition to active production. Communication activities will be provided, requiring the students to work in pairs or groups. The purpose of the course is to build and reinforce grammar that will increase the students’ accuracy and fluency in English.

EN 113
Grammar 3

Grammar 3 is designed for the foundation students at an advanced level. Students participate in a variety of activities ranging from simple recognition to active production. Activities develop students’ communication skills and ability to work in pairs and larger groups. The purpose of the course is to build and reinforce grammar that will increase the students’ accuracy and fluency in English.

EN 121
Reading Skills 1

Reading Skills 1 is the first course in the Reading Skills component of the EFL curriculum. In this course, teachers select high-interest, intermediate level readings from the textbook, in addition to supplementary readings from nonfiction sources. Students increase their academic vocabulary and learn a variety of strategies to deal with unfamiliar vocabulary. The purpose of the course is to develop the necessary reading skills and strategies to cope with academic texts.

122
Reading Skills 2

Reading Skills 2 is the second course in the Reading Skills component of the EFL curriculum. In this course, teachers select high-interest, high intermediate level readings from the textbook, in addition to supplementary readings from nonfiction sources. Students increase their academic vocabulary and learn a variety of strategies to deal with unfamiliar vocabulary. The purpose of the course is to develop the necessary reading skills and strategies to cope with academic texts.

EN 123
Reading Skills 3

Reading Skills 3 is the third course in the Reading Skills component of the EFL curriculum. In this course, teachers select high-interest, high intermediate level readings from the textbook, in addition to supplementary readings from nonfiction sources. Students increase their academic vocabulary and learn a variety of strategies to deal with unfamiliar vocabulary. The purpose of the course is to develop the necessary reading skills and strategies to cope with academic texts.

EN 131
Writing 1

Writing 1 improves writing skills at the paragraph level. The components of paragraph organization are presented and practiced. The rudimentary skills of paragraph writing are explained with an emphasis on the narrative and descriptive paragraphs. Using an outline to plan paragraphs, pre-writing, editing techniques, and various grammatical structures are introduced. The basic organization and structure of an academic essay are also introduced.

EN 132
Writing 2

Writing 2 continues the development of writing skills from the paragraph level to the essay level. More advanced pre-writing, outlining, and editing techniques and various grammatical structures are also examined. The course concentrates on the writing process (pre-writing, writing, and editing) with a focus on writing complete academic essays. The elements of description, narration, supporting an opinion, and compare/contrast are introduced and practiced.

EN 133
Writing 3

Writing 3 develops essential academic writing skills at an advanced level. The course introduces several essay types and offers students the opportunity to use readings as a catalyst for student essays. After an introduction to research skills, the course culminates in an essay in which the students must find, incorporate, and cite sources.

EN 141
Extensive Reading 1

Extensive Reading 1 asks students to read a significant quantity of material on various topics. The course requires students to show not only reading comprehension but also an ability to interact with the readings through discussions, presentations, and written assignments. The main purpose of the course is to guide students towards experiencing reading as an academically rewarding and pleasurable activity.

EN 142
Extensive Reading 2

Extensive Reading 2 invites students to read extensively from a selection of fiction and drama. The course requires students to demonstrate not only reading comprehension but also an ability to interact with the readings through discussions, communicative-based activities/presentations, and written assignments. The main purpose of the course is to guide students towards experiencing reading as an academically rewarding and pleasurable activity.

EN 143
Extensive Reading 3

Extensive Reading 3 has students read and respond to a variety of fiction selections. The course encourages students to interact with texts in dynamic ways that may include class discussions, performance, imaginative writing, debates, presentations, comparative analyses, etc. The main purpose of the course is to provide a learning experience that inspires reading confidence, increases reading competence, and encourages students to embrace reading as a source of information and enrichment.

  • Academic English Program

EN 211
Academic
Composition 1

Academic Composition 1 provides an introduction to freshman composition and rhetoric with added emphasis on editing and error correction. Selected essays are assigned as readings and serve as models and as idea generators. Writing assignments focus on several rhetorical modes. Students are guided to experience writing as a process while working to improve their composition and editing skills. The main purpose of this course is to transition students away from viewing writing in English as a discrete skill. Instead students are guided towards producing writing that is carefully edited, thoughtful, and content rich.

EN212
Academic
Composition 2

Academic Composition 2 provides writing across the curriculum, building on the writing skills and strategies developed in Academic Composition 1. Readings are assigned from a variety of disciplines and include current events. The assigned readings serve as a basis for writing assignments that focus on more advanced writing strategies than those taught in Academic Composition 1. Possible writing assignments include response, multiple-source essays, analysis, and argumentation. The main purpose of the course is to guide students towards writing academic essays with well-thought out structure and multi-source support.

EN 221
Academic
Literature 1

Academic Literature 1 provides an introduction to literature. A variety of short stories are assigned in order to introduce students to literary devices and to authors commonly studied in university classes. Emphasis is placed on encouraging students to gain in reading appreciation and confidence. Readings are followed by writing assignments that require students to support their interpretations with textual evidence. The main purpose of this course is to guide students towards increasing their reading competence through the investigation and analysis of literary selections.

EN 222
Academic
Literature 2

Academic Literature 2 provides an intensive reading experience with assignments based on novels and drama. The class allows students to develop strategies for dealing with longer, more complex reading assignments. Skills acquired in other courses are utilized as students read, interpret, and write about novels and plays. The main purpose of this course is to strengthen students’ ability to read, analyze, and synthesize extended works of fiction.