Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Academic Courses for PY Students


- 2018/07/16

 

 

Ministry of Education

Umm Al-Qura University

English Language Centre

Introduction

The following is a detailed description of the English Language (48021700-6) course offered by the English Language Center (ELC) to the freshmen students joining the Scientific Stream of the Preparatory Year Program (PYP) at Umm al Qura University (UQU). All freshmen have to attend a classification test in English which is a paper-and-pencil test scored out of 100 developed by the ELC. They are grouped according to their score in the classification test. In general, students are categorized as advanced, strong, average and weak. Advanced students are exempted from taking any English language classes in the first semester. They are offered a score of 95 out of 100. Strong students will receive eight contact hours of instruction in English per week; average students get 16 and weak students attend 20 contact hours per week. Because of this variation in the contact hours per week, all students are expected to reach the beginning of intermediate level in English where they are able to take the ESP course offered in the second semester and aimed at their specific area of specialism. See below for more details.

1.  Basic Information

1.

Course Title:

English Language

Offered to the Scientific Stream

2.

Course Number:

48021700-6

3.

Course Type:

Required

4.

Number of Credits:

6

5.

Number of Contact Hours:

a (Weak Students):

     Twenty hours a week: 320 hours per semester

b. (Average Students):

     Sixteen hours a week: 256 hours per semester

c. (Strong Students):

     Eight hours a week: 128 hours per semester

6.

Course Pre-requisites:

Admittance to the Preparatory Program

7.

Course Time:

First Year 1st Semester (16 weeks including Mid & Final Exams)

 

 

2.  Course Catalog Description

English Language 48021700-6 is a multi-level language course comprising the following four levels:

  • Low level (Beginners): These are students who score between zero and 24 in the ELC Paper-and-Pencil Classification Test which is offered online.
  • Average level (Elementary): The students who are grouped in this category score between 25 and 59 in the ELC Paper-and-Pencil Classification Test; and
  • Higher level (Pre-Intermediate): Students who score between 60 and 94 are placed in this category.
  • Advanced level: Students whose score is more than 94 in the above classification test are offered a choice of either not attending the course with a grade of 95 or attending the classes with reduced contact hours where they are tested with other students. If they choose to attend the classes, they have a chance of scoring more than 95 marks in the course. However, if they score lower than 95, the mark that they score on the test will be recorded in their file.

English Language 48021700-6 intends to develop students' knowledge and ability of English language in all skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as in sub-skills including grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The course aims at preparing the students to advance their English to the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) level which is specialism specific and is offered in the second semester. All students are required to successfully complete the English Language course before admission to their specialism related ESP course offered by the ELC.

After putting students in different groups according to their specific scores in the ELC Paper-and-pencil Classification Test, they are exposed to different hours of formal instruction ranging from 8 to 20 contact hours a week (See English Language 48021700-6: Specific Schemes.).

In a nut shell, as English Language 48021700-6 is a multi-level course, its course syllabus includes both specific and general schemes. The specific schemes are to do with the course delivery across different proficiency levels of English while the general schemes include a variety of in-class activities, exams and course related issues covering all the aforementioned levels of proficiency in a unified manner.

3.  English Language 48021700 – 6: Specific Schemes

3.1.  Course Delivery for the Low-Level (Beginners)

Coverage of Planned Program

Weekly Instruction: 20 contact hours; Total: Semester Instruction: 320 contact hours in accordance with students English language level

Number of Textbooks: 3 as follows:

1. Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills A1,

2. Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills A2, and;

3. Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills B1

Week No.

Unit/Topic Covered

Contact hours

Week 1

Course intro.

A1 (Units 1, 2, 3)

20

Week 2

A1 (Units 4, 5, 6)

20

Week 3

A1 (Units 7, 8, 9)

20

Week 4

A1 (Units 10)

A2 (Units 1, 2)

20

Week 5

A2 (Units 3, 4, 5)

20

Week 6

A2 (Units 5, 6, 7)

20

Week 7

A2 (Units 8, 9, 10)

20

Week 8

A2 (Units 11, 12)

20

Week 8: Wednesday & Thursday: Midterm Exam

Week 9: Midterm Break

Week 10

B1 (Units 1, 2)

20

Week 11

B1 (Units 3, 4)

20

Week 12

B1 (Units 5, 6)

20

Week 13

B1 (Units 7, 8)

20

Week 14

B1 (Units 9, 10)

20

Week 15

B1 (Units 11, 12)

20

Week 16

Review/ Final Exam

20

Week 16: Wednesday & Thursday: Final Exam

 

 

3. 2.  Course Delivery for the Elementary Level

Coverage of Planned Program

Weekly Instruction: 16 contact hours; Total: Semester Instruction: 256 contact hours in accordance with students English language level

Number of Textbooks: 2 as follows:

1. Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills A2, and;

2. Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills B1

Week No.

Unit/Topic Covered

Contact hours

Week 1

Course intro.

A2 (Units 1, 2)

16

Week 2

A2 (Units 2, 3)

16

Week 3

A2 (Units 4, 5)

16

Week 4

A2 (Units 5, 6)

16

Week 5

A2 (Units 7, 8)

16

Week 6

A2 (Units 8, 9)

16

Week 7

A2 (Units 10, 11)

16

Week 8

A2 (Units 11, 12)

16

Week 8: Wednesday & Thursday: Midterm Exam

Week 9: Midterm Break

Week 10

B1 (Units 1, 2)

16

Week 11

B1 (Units 3, 4)

16

Week 12

B1 (Units 5, 6)

16

Week 13

B1 (Units 7, 8)

16

Week 14

B1 (Units 9, 10)

16

Week 15

B1 (Units 11, 12)

16

Week 16

Review/ Final Exam

16

Week 16: Wednesday & Thursday: Final Exam

 

 

3.3.  Course Delivery for the Pre-Intermediate Level

Coverage of Planned Program

Weekly Instruction: 8 contact hours; Total: Semester Instruction: 128 contact hours in accordance with students English language level

Number of Textbooks: one as follows:

1. Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills B1

Week No.

Unit/Topic Covered

Contact hours

Week 1

 Course intro.

B1 (Units 1)

8

Week 2

B1 (Units 2)

8

Week 3

B1 (Units 3)

8

Week 4

B1 (Units 4)

8

Week 5

B1 (Units 5)

8

Week 6

B1 (Units 5, 6)

8

Week 7

B1 (Units 6)

8

Week 8

B1 (Units 1 – 6 Review)

8

Week 8: Wednesday & Thursday: Midterm Exam

Week 9: Midterm Break

Week 10

B1 (Units 7)

8

Week 11

B1 (Units 8)

8

Week 12

B1 (Units 9)

8

Week 13

B1 (Units 10)

8

Week 14

B1 (Units 11)

8

Week 15

B1 (Units 12)

8

Week 16

Review/ Final Exam

8

Week 16: Wednesday & Thursday: Final Exam

 

 

4.  English Language 48021700 – 6: General Schemes

4.1.  General and/or Professional Performance Standards

General and/or Professional performance domains and sub-domains that English Language 48021700-6 fully or partially covers are checked below.

Professional Performance Domains and Sub-Domains

Language Proficiency skills

Vocabulary

Grammar

Pronunciation

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

Educational Instructional Skills

Managing

 

Testing

 

Evaluating

 

Knowledge of Linguistics

Literature

 

Culture

L1 Culture

L2 Culture

Other Cultures

► (Limited)

 

 

4.2 English Language 48021700 – 6: Competencies Development

The following competencies are developed in English Language 48021700-6:

1. Competency in reading

2. Competency in listening

3. Competency in speaking

4. Competency in writing

5. Competency in grammar

6. Competency in vocabulary

7. Competency in pronunciation

4.3. English Language 48021700 –6 Course Instructional Objectives

English Language 48021700-6 aims at:

1. revising and expanding students’ grammatical structures.

2. revising and expanding students’ lexicon.

3. developing students’ skills in accuracy and fluency.

4. developing students’ skills in word pronunciation, word stress, rhyme, and intonation.

5. enhancing students’ skills in listening for gist and specific information.

6. improving students’ ability in verbal communication and social interaction.

7. developing students’ competence in the use of a variety of sentence structures in different speech situations ranging from formal to informal.

8. exposing students to a wide range of authentic text types and situations including but not limited to L1, L2, C1 and C2.

9. developing students’ skills in comprehending a passage, distinguishing main ideas, and recognizing specific details of a text.

10. developing students’ skills in the use of cohesive devices and a variety of sentence structures in developing a paragraph, writing a letter, sending an email, and expressing their thoughts.

11. developing students’ writing in different genres: writing a paragraph, formal and informal letter/email, etc.

12. enhancing students’ language proficiency in all skills interactively.

13. building students’ confidence and motivation through exposure to the integration of four language skills.

14. preparing students to sit for assessments and evaluation to check their progress and achievement in learning the English language.

4. 4. English Language 48021700-6 Performance Objectives

By the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:

1. express themselves in everyday situations.

2. communicate via listening, speaking, writing, emailing, reporting personal information, expressing opinions, etc.

3. differentiate between the correct usage and incorrect usage of English in grammar, vocabulary, collocation, and speech situations.

4. use the lexicon and structures acquired through social and communicative activities.

5. compare and contrast Culture 1 and Culture 2 as well as L1 and L2 in a given text.

6. write a correspondence, a paragraph, and their thoughts coherently and cohesively.

7. differentiate between a fluent/accurate speaker and a diffluent/inaccurate speaker.

8. have confidence in sitting for assessment and evaluation.

4.5. Additional Points to Class and Course Management Policies

To maximize the language learning opportunities to the students and to provide them with the smoothest possible experience throughout the time the students are under its care, the ELC has developed certain in-home bodies and policies. The following is an account of them:

4.5.1.  Exam Committee (EC)

The Exam Committee at the English Language Centre (ELC) organizes and coordinates all mid-term and final exams; they also develop exam questions, answer keys, and marking guidelines, in addition to supervising the execution of the exam rules and regulations. Faculty and students can turn to the committee if they have a question or concern regarding an exam, a missed exam, etc.

4.5.2.  Marking Committee (MC)

Once the Exam Committee has delivered an exam, the answer sheets are forwarded to the Marking Committee which marks the students’ answer sheets using a computer program. To make sure that the answer sheets are marked correctly, the MC randomly chooses 5 sheets from each group and score them manually. They cross-match the results and if any discrepancies are found, the whole group is rechecked.

4.5.3.  Classroom Rules of Conduct

Students:

  1. are not allowed to use electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, audio recorders, in the classroom unless needed or requested by the teacher and for academic purposes.
  2. are not given an opportunity to use a camera inside and outside the classroom, unless they have the proper permissions and for academic reasons.
  3. are not permitted to drink beverages and eat food, snacks, candies, and the like in the classroom.
  4. are allowed to drink water in the classroom.
  5. are not allowed to disturb the class by any means.
  6. are to observe the Islamic code of dress.
  7. are not allowed to smoke in class or on university premises.

4.5.4.  Attendance and Participation

Students’ attendance at all class sessions is required. Simply, learning English is a skill which needs focus, practice, and regular attendance. Additionally, students’ punctual attendance shows their enthusiasm for learning as well as respect for the teacher, peers, course, and the University.  Any absence beyond 25% of the Course Hours will result in the student’s being banned from attending the final exam.

Students need to differentiate between an ‘excused’ and ‘non-excused’ absence. Any absence which occurs due to a health condition, a personal/family emergency, or attendance at an approved university activity is considered an excused absence. The excused absence must be supported by documentation and presented to the instructor in advance, or immediately, or shortly after the student’s availability in the class. The absent student is responsible for any assignment, quiz, and/or exam missed whether their absence is excused or unexcused. Having an excuse will not reduce the number of absent hours counted, but it will give the student a chance to catch up on missed assignments and quizzes, if the course instructor accepts.

Students are not turned away from entering the classroom when they are late.  However, it is expected that they enter the classroom calmly, positively, and non-disruptively.  Without a doubt, ‘participation marks’ are largely affected by excessive tardiness and absenteeism. Students’ regular attendance and participation in the class not only do strengthen their academic backups but also do support their participation marks, among others.

4.5.5.  Missed Exams

If a student misses a quiz, an assignment, and/or a presentation, they have to contact their instructor at the earliest opportunity possible in order to arrange for an alternative.

If a student misses a unified exam (a midterm exam or a final exam) because of a medical reason or a personal/family distress, s/he has to contact the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs of their respective college and submit a written document such as a medical report issued by an authorized medical body or personality within two weeks. The Vice-Dean will file the case and forward the relevant documents to the English Language Center. The ELC Director or one of his deputies will send the case to the Exam-Excuses Committee in the ELC. Accordingly, the committee will review their case and decide if the student is eligible to sit for a substitute exam. In the case of approval, the student has to appear for a substitute exam the date, time and place of which is decided in coordination with the relevant college and the students are informed via SMS and email.

If a student did poorly in a midterm exam or a final exam, they are not permitted to sit for it again. Simply, once a student attends any formal exam, they have made a decision to do so and, thus, no compensation or recourse will be granted in any circumstance.

4.5.6.  Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty (including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism) is strictly prohibited. As academic dishonesty depreciates efforts of the teacher to teach and devalues the attempts of students to learn, the ELC has zero tolerance for proven academic dishonesty. Depending on the type and severity of dishonesty, possible sanctions and charges (based on the decision of Disciplinary Committee(s) in the ELC, and/or University) may range from a repetition of the assignment, project, or exam to dismissal from University, as indicated below:

  1. a repetition in the assignment, project, or exam;
  2. a reduction in grade in the assignment, project, or exam;
  3. a zero in the assignment, project, or the exam;
  4. a suspension for a semester or a year;
  5. or dismissal from University.

4.5.7.  Instructor’s Office Hours

Students are encouraged to make use of their instructor’s office hours. The instructor informs students of their office hours at the beginning of each semester. As well, the instructor’s timetable (including their teaching and office hours) is posted outside their office.

4.5.8.  Students’ Questions, Comments, Suggestions, and Criticism

If a student has a question, suggestion, comment, and/or criticism, they will be received by their instructor with pleasure. However, in approaching the instructor in any issue, the student’s objective view and discretion are always expected. It must be noted that no increase or decrease to the student’s mark is assigned for suggesting, criticizing, etc. 

4.5.9.  Emergencies

In case of an emergency all students are to stay calm and deal with it appropriately following instructions given by their respective faculty.

a.  Emergency Evacuation:  In case of fire emergency or the like, students must leave the classroom immediately but calmly and go in the designated area.  See the map and instructions posted on the wall near your classroom.

b.  Emergency Ambulance: Call 911 from any office that is the nearest to you.

c.  First Aid Kit:  First Aid Kit is located in the office of Students’ Affairs as well as in the office of the campus's physician.

d.  Personal Emergency: If a student has an urgent chronic medical condition that might occur while they are in the classroom, the student needs to inform their instructor of the medical condition and its consequences at the beginning of each semester.

4.6. Course Materials and Learning and Information Resources

Course Materials

4.6.1. Students’ Book & Material  

Philpot, S. (2016). Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills A1. Oxford University Press. UK: Oxford University Press.

Warwick, L. (2016). Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills A2. Oxford University Press. UK: Oxford University Press.

Pathare, G. (2016). Milestones in English: Student’s Book with Online Skills B1. Oxford University Press. UK: Oxford University Press.

Aldridge-Morris, K. (2016). Milestones in English: Workbook A1. Oxford University Press. UK: Oxford University Press.

Valvona, C. (2016). Milestones in English: Workbook A2. Oxford University Press. UK: Oxford University Press.

Walsh, C. (2016). Milestones in English: Workbook B1. Oxford University Press. UK: Oxford University Press.

4.6.2. Teacher’s Book & Material 

The Teacher’s book and related materials are available on itools USB which comes with the package.

In addition to the Teacher’s book, the USB contains exercises for extra practice, video clips and audios, their script and assessment materials.

  • Philpot, S. (2016). Milestones in English: iTools USB (A1). Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. 
  • Pathare, G. (2016). Milestones in English: iTools USB (A2). Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.
  • Warwick, L. (2016). Milestones in English: iTools USB (B1). Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.

4.6.3. Supplementary Materials

Oxford English Vocabulary Trainer app

Oxford Word-power Dictionary

Students are encouraged to purchase and use Oxford University Press’s Graded Readers. They are made available to the students with reduced prices.

4.6.4. Website Resources

https://www.OUP.com/elt

www.youtube.com  

4.6.5. Further References

Students are encouraged to visit the OUP website for additional exercises related to their materials and level in English.

4.7. Grading Standards

Linguistic progress of the students registered in English Language 48021700-6 is evaluated according to the following assessment measurements).

 

Assessment Measurement

Score Weight

1

Coursework (including quizzes, written and spoken assignments, presentations, projects and classroom and online participation)

20

2

Midterm Test

30

3

Final Exam

50

4

Oral presentation on an academic topic (optional, in accordance with the semester requirements)

5 (bonus marks over total)

 

 

4. 8. Technology Support

  1. The general software that our students need to use in this course is checked below:
 

General Technology

 

1

Word processing programs: Microsoft Word, Pages …etc

2

Spreadsheet programs: Microsoft Excel, Numbers …etc

3

Presentation programs: Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, Powtoons, Prizi …. etc

4

Internet Tool e-mail

5

Search Engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Safari, Bing, etc.)

6

Others (specify)

Adobe Flash Player

 

 

 

  1. The general technologies that the instructor needs to use in the class and/or lab are:

 

 

General Technology

 

1

Internet access and E-Mail

2

Spreadsheet programs: Microsoft Excel, Numbers …etc

3

A data show projector

4

Video and audio media equipment

5

Digital camera

► (limited use)

6

Presentation programs: Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, Powtoons, Prizi …. etc

7

Scanner / CD writer

8

Word processing programs: Microsoft Word, Pages …etc

9

Others (Specify)

Adobe Flash Player/ PDF Reader

 

 

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