Pre-Academic English program

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This Pre-Academic English course is designed for students who want to improve their general English competency, and also to have a chance to get familiar with some Academic English components that are covered in academic courses like IELTS and EAP.  Students must be in Intermediate level to be accepted in the course. This course not only aims to provide a foundation to IELTS and EAP programs, but also to help students attain a higher level of ESL proficiency where they are using English with ease. Lessons are based on several different themes.

General Objectives:

  1. To adapt general English competencies in both receptive and productive skills
  2. To develop analytical skills by focus on a range of materials
  3. To get familiar with and practice IELTS exam-taking skills and EAP assignments


Specific Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be familiar with fundamentals of academic programs
  2. Increase vocabulary
  3. Develop academic writing and reading skills
  4. Have increased speaking and listening practice
  5. Have done numerous trial IELTS exams (Weekly Mock Tests)

Assigned Text(s)
Cambridge Complete IELTS, Band 4 – 5.5
Supplementary Academic Texts
Interchange books (Upper-Intermediate levels)

Program Duration and Structure
This program takes 12 weeks to complete with 20 hours of study per week. Before you start preparing for academic programs, your English language level and skills need to reach an acceptable level. This course is designed to improve the language skills of students prior to academic purposes. Preparation courses generally result in more success. It teaches you the study skills and helps you to become more confident about the language ability.

Expected Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will:
• have gained some basic knowledge of academic English.
• be more confident and accurate in their use of the language.
• have developed more independent learning strategies.

Overview of academic preparation course, structure and skills learnt
– Reading

1.Approaching and locating written and visual information
2.Skimming, scanning and detailed reading and analysis skills
3.Techniques in reading questions and recognizing paragraph structures
4.Identify alternative meanings and distracting information
5.Vocabulary building

– Writing
1.Understanding visual information
2.Interpreting of data and statistics
3.Developing and presenting arguments
4.Organizing and expressing facts, opinions, arguments and supporting information
5.Structure and organization of essay

– Listening
1.Techniques in prediction, paraphrasing and different accents
2.Identify key words, paraphrases, and distractors
3.Simultaneous listening and writing
4.Understanding meaning
5.Listening for information and taking notes

– Speaking
1.Giving personal and general information
2.Organizing notes on a random speaking topic
3.Taking part in discussion and expressing opinions
5.Communicating your ideas clearly
6.Explaining common errors, pitfalls and intonation

Grammatical skills including:

-Verb forms and other grammatical structures
-Active and passive voices
-Sentence structure
-Articles and determiners
-Adjectives and pronouns

Descriptive skills including:

-Comparative language
-Vocabulary building for people and places
-Communicative structures for expression of opinions

Receptive skills development including:

-Listening comprehension focusing on varying elements of vocabulary and structure
-Video comprehension developing to deduce meaning from context
-Reading skills strategies including ESL intensive reading exercises

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