Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Academic Courses for Applied Sciences Students


- 2019/01/08

Ministry of Education

Umm Al-Qura University

English Language Centre

 

Introduction

The following is a detailed description of the English Language I (7001401 - 4) course offered by the English Language Center (ELC) to all freshmen joining the College of Applied Sciences at Umm al Qura University (UQU).

All students are considered at the same proficiency level and receive the same number of contact hours per week i.e. ten hours per week. The students are expected to reach the beginning of elementary level in English where they are able to take the consequent ESP course aiming at their specific area of specialism. See below for more details.

1.  Basic Information

1.

Course Title:

English Language I

2.

Course Number:

7001401 - 4

3.

Course Type:

Required

 

4.

Number of Credits:

4

 

5.

Number of Contact Hours:

 Ten hours a week (160 hours per semester)

 

6.

Course Pre-requisites:

Admittance to the College of Applied Sciences (BA level)

7.

Course Time:

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

 

2.  Course Catalog Description

English Language I (7001401 – 4) is a single-level, English for General Purposes (EGP) course. All students who are admitted to the College of Applied Sciences (BA program) are required to take this course in the first semester of the first year of their program. The course is offered in 16 weeks with a 10-hour-per-week teaching plan covering

English Language I (7001401 – 4) intends to develop students' knowledge and ability of English language in all major skills which include  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.

3.  English Language I (7001401 – 4): Specific Schemes

3.1. Course Delivery

Coverage of Planned Program

Weekly Instruction: 10 contact hours; Total: Semester Instruction: 160 contact hours.

Number of Textbooks: one as follows:

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

Week No.

Unit/Topic Covered

Contact hours

Week 1

 Course intro & orientation.

A1 (Unit 1)

10

Week 2

A1 (Unit 1& Unit 2)

10

Week 3

A1 (Unit 2 )

10

Week 4

A1 (Unit 3)

10

Week 5

A1 (Unit 3 & Unit 4)

10

Week 6

A1 (  Unit 4)

10

Week 7

A1 (Unit 5)

10

Week 8

A1 (Unit 5 & Unit 6)

10

Week 8: Unit 6 &

Midterm Exam

Week 9

A1 (Unit 7)

10

Week 10

A1 (Unit 7 & Unit 8)

10

Week 11

A1 (Unit 8)

10

Week 12

A1 (Unit 9)

10

Week 13

A1  Unit 9 & Unit 10

10

Week 14

A1 (Unit 10

10

Week 15

Review

10

Week 16: Wednesday & Thursday: Final Exam

 

4.  English Language I (7001401 – 4): General Schemes

4.1. General and/or Professional Performance Standards

General and/or Professional performance domains and sub-domains that English Language I (7001401 – 4) fully or partially covers are checked below.

Professional Performance Domains and Sub-Domains

Language Proficiency skills

Vocabulary

Ö

Grammar

Ö

Pronunciation

Ö

Listening

Ö

Speaking

Ö

Reading

Ö

Writing

Ö

Educational Instructional Skills

Managing

 

Testing

 

Evaluating

 

Knowledge of Linguistics

Ö

Literature

Ö

(Limited)

Culture

L1 Culture

Ö

L2 Culture

Ö

Other Cultures

Ö (Limited)

 

4.2 English Language I (7001401 – 4): Competencies Development

The following competencies are developed in English Language I (700140 1- 4):

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 I (7001401 – 4) Course Instructional Objectives

English Language I (7001401 – 4)  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’ basic skills in word pronunciation, word stress, rhyme, and intonation.

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

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

9. developing students’ basic reading comprehension skills.

10. developing students’ skills in the use of cohesive devices and basic sentence structures in developing a short paragraph.

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 I (7001401 – 4) 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, and very basic writing.

3. differentiate between the correct usage and incorrect usage of English in grammar  and vocabulary.

4. use the lexicon and structures acquired through basic 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 short paragraph and organize their thoughts coherently and cohesively.

7. 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. If a student fail the course, s/he will have to repeat it the following year.

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.

Aldridge-Morris, K. (2016). Milestones in English: Workbook A1. 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.

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 I (700140 – 4) is evaluated according to the following assessment measurements).

 

Assessment Measurement

Score Weight

1

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

20

2

Midterm Test

30

3

Final Exam

50

 

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

Ö

2

Spreadsheet programs: Microsoft Excel, Numbers …etc

Ö

3

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

Ö

4

Internet Tool e-mail

Ö

5

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

Ö

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

Ö

2

Spreadsheet programs: Microsoft Excel, Numbers …etc

Ö

3

A data show projector

Ö

4

Video and audio media equipment

Ö

5

Digital camera

Ö (limited use)

6

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

Ö

7

Scanner / CD writer

Ö

8

Word processing programs: Microsoft Word, Pages …etc

Ö

9

Others (Specify)

Adobe Flash Player/ PDF Reader

 

 

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