ENGLISH PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ENGLISH PREPARATORY SCHOOL

To begin studying at ARUCAD faculties, undergraduate students need to have English skills of B1 level, and postgraduate students need to have English skills of B2 level. The English Preparatory School (EPS) was established to assist students lacking necessary language skills in acquiring the proficiency needed for advanced studies. Depending on students’ prior knowledge, preparatory classes may take one to two academic years to complete.

In addition to teaching English at a level sufficient for interdisciplinary studies, EPS will facilitate the transition into academic and professional environments by nurturing presentation and academic writing skills, integrating relevant vocabulary and skills into learning, promoting independent and professional growth, and encouraging teamwork and cultural exchange among students.

In line with ARUCAD’s vision, EPS is constantly changing and evolving alignment with international teaching standards, as well as with the university and its students.

BRIEFLY
  • Medium of Instructions English
  • Programme Duration 1-2 SEMESTERS
  • English Preparatory School YES
Academic Staff Academic Staff
Programme Curriculum Programme Curriculum

OVERVIEW

The medium of instruction at ARUCAD is English language. English Preparatory School offers intensive English language courses which aim to equip newly admitted ARUCAD students with CEFR B1/CEFR B2 English language proficiency levels to enable them to successfully pursue their academic studies at their chosen Faculties. To this end, EPS offers a high quality English language program which is well aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A great importance is attached to support ARUCAD students in developing effective oral and written communication skills through an integrated skill curriculum, which fosters active and independent learning. All the educational processes and materials including English language proficiency levels, curriculum, syllabus, assessment and course materials are closely aligned with the CEFR and Pearson’s Global Scale of English since both of these international foreign language teaching frameworks are deemed as reliable, accurate and well-recognized standards which promote high quality, and effective English language teaching and learning.

The intensive English language course at the English Preparatory School is designed to help students to achieve a CEFR B1 level of proficiency in the English language for undergraduate students and CEFR B2 level English language proficiency for graduate students. Accordingly, EPS offers four levels of intensive English language instruction, Prep A1, Prep A2, Prep B1, and Prep B2, correlated with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Newly admitted ARUCAD students can start their English language learning journey at Prep A1 level and finish at either Prep B1 or Prep B2 level. Each level, except for Prep A1+Prep A2 courses, can be completed in one semester. It is possible to complete a combination of Prep A1 and Prep A2 courses in one semester but this is not possible for other levels. It should be noted that, many factors such as students’ motivation, attendance and participation to courses, their reasons or purpose for learning the English language and the amount of time spent on individual study have impacts on students’ English language learning and achievements. Furthermore, the number of hours different learners need to develop English language proficiency at different levels greatly depends on a range of other factors such as student’s age and motivation, background, amount of prior study and the extent of exposure to the language outside the classroom. Learning a language is like climbing a mountain: the ascent gets harder the higher you climb: It does not take the same time to reach each level. It will take longer to get to B2 from B1 than it does to get to A2 from A1.

Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical suggestions in his/her field of specialization.
Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
Can produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can produce simple connected text on familiar topics or of personal interest.
Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e. g very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas in areas of immediate need.

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.