English PET

Course Code: ENG PET
Credit Hours: 2 Hrs.
Prerequisite: ENG KET or placement into ENG PET
Textbook: English Unlimited B1 – By Alex Tilbury, Theresa Clementson, Leslie Anne Hendra and David Rea – Cambridge University Press, 2012

Course Description:

ENG B1: A third tier English language course that is based on the lexical approach to language learning. This focuses on communication by improving fluency and accuracy through the development of interaction, through speaking and writing. Vocabulary from different topics (e.g. Work and studies, Talking about food) and functions (have an interview, plan a meal) provide the reference by which language is introduced and enforced within clear everyday contexts. Writing is developed by looking at a range of texts, by understanding the rules of writing, and by developing confidence through planning and discussions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters, regularly encountered in work, study, leisure, etc.
  • Understand the main points of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or familiar topics
  • Understand texts that consist mainly of a high frequency use of every day words (interview, payment) or future job-related language, e.g. “We have flexible working hours.”
  • Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes
  • Handle most situations likely to arise whilst in an English speaking environment
  • Participate in spontaneous conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or relevant to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events)
  • Give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
  • Write straightforward connected text on topics, which are familiar or of personal interest
  • Write descriptive texts using own experiences and impressions
  • Link phrases in order to describe experiences and events, such as dreams, hopes, and ambitions
  • Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions

Class Policies:

  • Attend all classes, be on time, and be ready to begin work
  • Show respect to the instructor and other students
  • Do not cause any disruption in class
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Do not eat or drink in the classroom
  • Speak only English in the classroom
  • Bring your own book; otherwise, you may not be allowed to attend.

Attendance Policies:

A student may withdraw from the program if he she is absent for up to 25 percent of the course provided he/she does so within the time permitted for withdrawal which is during the first twelve weeks of the academic semester. If the absence exceeds 25 percent, the student will not be allowed to withdraw from the course and will not be permitted to attend lectures or sit the final exam and will receive a failing grade of 'F' on the course. The student is given at least one warning before being placed on the excluded list. NO excused absences (e.g. medical, personal, departmental etc.) will be accepted. Two late arrivals or two early departures count as one absence.

Assessment:

Students must receive a minimum of 50 percent pass overall to go to the next level

    The grade distribution is as follows:  
  • Classroom-based & Home-based assessment – 35 percent
  • Participation – 5 percent
  • Midterm Assessment – 20 percent
  • Final – 40 percent