GENERAL ENGLISH

Over the course of 32 weeks students on the General English Course will have 480 hours of academic study, focusing on the  four main areas of language development: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes 15 hours of academic study each week, which consists of:

 

10 hours of seminars and lectures following the structure of tuition typical in British universities 

5 hours comprising of Tutorials, formal Tutorial Preparation and Academic Workshops

Students also benefit from different excursions to both Kyrenia and Famagusta during their stay which are dedicated to their Academic Programme.

 

Academic Programme

Students who enroll on our General English Course will improve their language proficiency, broaden their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and build confidence in their use of English. Students will also have the opportunity to study key areas of academic literacy, such as academic writing and critical thinking, in order to further their language development and assist them in future studies. The Academic Programme is divided into 4 main areas of study:

Seminars (maximum class size of 15): In our seminars students are taught academic reading, writing, listening and presentation skills, as well as the study skills necessary for academic success. By the end of the course, students will be better able to apply these skills in a British, or English language, university setting. 

 

Lectures: Each week, students will take part in a series of  lectures which will provide them with the opportunity to develop their study skills. 

 

Tutorials: Each week, students will receive individual guidance on their progress and receive academic feedback on work produced during the week from qualified and experienced tutors.

 

Independent Study: In addition to formal classes, students are encouraged to embark on independent study and research. Weekly tasks will be set and marked to track progress. Such tasks equip students with the confidence and skills to become independent learners and effectively engage with the demands of university study.

 

By the end of the course our General English students will have a greater understanding of the English language, developed their strategies for independent learning and improved their understanding of key study skills; all valuable life skills in preparation for future studies.

All of our teachers are native English speakers, hold a bachelor’s degree and are qualified according to British Council standards. The maximum class size is 15 during seminars and at the end of the course each student will receive an Academic Report and Certificate during our formal Graduation Ceremony.

 

Learning Objectives

Our General English course has been designed to further the development of our students' communicative abilities and enable our students to strive towards success in further study. Lessons are taught in a student-centered environment and through daily seminars, lectures and one-to-one or small group tutorials, students will enhance their language learning in the following areas:

  • Developing knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary
  • Improving writing skills (with a focus on revising, editing and referencing techniques)
  • Building understanding and confidence in the use of spoken English
  • Critical thinking and developing effective communication techniques across the four key main areas of language learning
  • Reading and the ability to analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • Encouraging independent learning and developing student research skills
  • Creating awareness and understanding of academic conventions and practices for future studies

 

 Course Requirements

The General English Course is aimed at students who are currently at an Elementary level of English or above. Our students are tested after their arrival.