The program is tailored to enable students to: Fulfill English language requirements for entry to Sohar University diploma programs (IELTS 5 or TOEFL 500)
The Elementary course is designed for students who possess only a basic knowledge of English. The course increases the communicative competence of students by developing their skills in listening and reading and in the productive skills of speaking and writing.
At the conclusion of the course, Elementary level students will normally be able to read short texts, write basic paragraphs with a sound level of overall accuracy in grammar and spelling, to understand and respond to questions on familiar topics and to listen for and identify general or even specific information heard in familiar contexts.
The Elementary course will also be the students’ first step in understanding the basics of study skills, such as simple note-taking, the effective use of a dictionary and learning simple test-taking strategies.
Course content is delivered through principle lectures, student discussion groups, collaborative activities with peer assistance and CALL, the Computer Assisted Language Learning facility. Elementary students benefit from continuous monitoring and feedback and they sit progress tests mandated by the Oman Accreditation Council.
The Pre-Intermediate (Pre-Int) course is designed for students who need to raise their competency in listening and reading and in the productive skills of speaking and writing. The Pre-Int course will also be the students’ second step in developing the study skills that they need when embarking on a degree programme.
Course content is delivered through principle lectures, student discussion groups, presentations and collaborative learning activities enhanced by peer assistance and CALL, the Computer Assisted Language Learning facility. Pre-Int course instructors make full use of IT in the classroom and encourage their students to exploit IT when studying. Pre-Int students benefit from continuous monitoring and feedback and they sit progress tests mandated by the Oman Accreditation Council.
At the conclusion of the course, Pre-Int students will normally be able to initiate, respond confidently during, and maintain a conversation with peers or academic instructors on a variety of familiar topics. They will also be able to read, understand and answer comprehension questions about texts on familiar and occasionally abstract topics. Finally, they will also be able to write well-planned paragraphs about familiar topics and shall be ready to embark on the next stage of their English programme, one that is designed to take them to a level of English competency equivalent to IELTS 5.
The Intermediate course provides consolidation of English structures more complex than those encountered at Pre-Int level. Intermediate students also benefit from training in managing large texts of different genres, each of a type they are likely to encounter on a degree programme.
The Intermediate course also focuses on further equipping students with the academic study skills and learning strategies that they need when embarking on a degree programme. An essential component here is Academic Study Skills, known commonly as ACS. This, essentially, is a sub-course that teaches the skills necessary to research, write and to present an academic paper, and to do so while observing the protocols demanded by academic writing. Students will learn about the pitfalls of plagiarism, how to take notes, to summarise large amounts of data and how to write a bibliography and to reference proper academic sources.
The CALL aspect of ACS instruction (and of student learning autonomy), involving the use of multimedia applications, video, sound and text, helps students not only to hone their productive language skills but also to properly prepare and produce their ACS project papers.
On course completion, it is expected that Intermediate students will have reached a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5 and a level of English that will equip them to succeed in their first year of study on a degree programme.