EL 99 : English Language Skills/ Follow Up

Textbook: Lessons in English 99
Description: This is a non-credit course offered at the low intermediate level to develop the students’ ability in the four basic skills; reading, writing, speaking and listing. The material and activates included in the course are designed to provide practice in these four skills to improve the students use English for academic purposes and communication.
Course Objectives:
  1. Reading:
  • To improve the students’ reading comprehension skills through introducing them to the most common reading strategies such as guessing the meaning of words from contest, skimming, scanning and word analysis.
  1. Writing:
  • To develop the students’ ability to produce the different types of the English sentence.
  • To develop the students’ ability of produce well-structured paragraphs and increase their awareness of the mechanics of writing.
  1. Listing:
  • To develop the students’ listing comprehension skill by introducing them to most effective listing strategies.
  1. Speaking:
  • To provide practice in the oral-aural skills and to improve the students pronunciation in the problem areas.
  • To help the students conduct simple conversation on everyday subjects,.

  

EL 101 : English Language Skills

Textbook: New Headway Plus/ pre- intermediate, Student’s Book & Workbook
Description: This is a three-credit hour compulsory English language course. It is offered at the pre- intermediate level of instruction to develop the students ability in the four basic skills of English namely: Listening, speaking, reading and writing. The material and activities included in both the student’s book and workbook are designed to provide practice in these four major skills to improve the students use of English for academic purposes and communication.
Course Objectives:
  1. Speaking and Listening:
  • To provide practice in the oral-aural skills and improve the Students’ pronunciation in relevant problem areas.
  • To help the students conduct conversation when necessary on everyday language situations.
  • To enable the students understand various purposes and gists of different recorded or spoken texts and sometimes give a good summary of what they have heard.
  • To understand directions and guidelines in recorded or spoken texts and act accordingly with ease, dexterity and perfection.
  • To enable students practice reading on their own without hesitation or making mistakes.
  • To develop the students’ listening comprehension skill by introducing them to the most effective listening strategies such as: 
  • Linking the title to the content of the recorded or spoken texts for better understanding.
  • Realizing the general gist of any recorded or spoken text or utterance for ensuring better understanding.
  • Forming a summary of any introduced text in oral speaking or aural recording.
  •  Utilizing repetion of a recorded utterance or segment of a text to reinforce pronunciation or comprehension.
  • Tracing the development of unity and coherence  in the order of ideas as a necessary step for better understanding and intaking.
  1. Reading
  • To improve the students’ reading comprehension skill through introducing them to the most common reading strategies such as guessing the meaning of words from context, linking title to content, spotting out the topic sentence, skimming for general idea, scanning for specific details, word analysis, spotting out references, making summaries, tracing the line of thought for better understanding and intaking and finally giving one’s judgment on the writer’s point of view or stand towords the input
  1. Writing
  • To develop the students’ ability to produce different types of English sentences that cover the different forms and functions.
  • To develop the students’ ability to produce well-built paragraph   utilizing the best wording and structures that guarantee clarity and good understanding.
  • To develop the students’ awareness of the mechanics of writing such as indentation, capitalization and clarity in hardwriting.

  

EL 404 : English Language Skill / Qualifying Program

Textbook: Longman Preparation Course for TOEFL Test (The Paper Test)
Description: Graduate students at Yarmouk University who do not pass the International Test of the English Language (TOFEL) or the National Test of the English Language (NTOEL) are required to study the two Graduate English courses (LEVEL-1 & LEVEL-2) offered by the Language Center at the University. This two-course program focuses on improving students’ command of English structures and written expressions, reading, and writing mechanics to meet graduate foreign language requirements. In this program, students get the opportunity to improve their grammar, punctuation, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing abilities. The program puts special emphasis on reading comprehension, sentence and paragraph formation and student’s ability to write clearly, logically, and effectively. The program also aims to assist students in planning, researching, structuring, writing, editing, and revising academic materials, skills which are rudimentary for their course and thesis work.
Course Objectives:
This course aims at enhancing the students’ proficiency in English by means of: - Improving their grammar skills: indicating which sentences are correct and which are incorrect. - Training them to indicate the type of error in each incorrect sentence. - Training them to find the various ways in which the incorrect can be corrected and thus suggesting at least one possible correction for each incorrect sentence - Improving their reading skills: skimming, scanning, identifying the writer’s point of view, inferring the meanings of unfamiliar words from the context, distinguishing main from supporting ideas, and identifying the functions of textual connectives. - Training them in summarizing texts and extracting relevant information. - Training them in writing coherent paragraphs, including intensive exercise in producing compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. - Training them in writing summaries and short reports on findings in research papers and texts relevant to their academic domain.
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