Language course, A-Track Contact hours: Course Objectives The course aims to deepen your competence in speaking and writing and to expand and refine your vocabulary usage, so that you are able to express and discuss ideas, opinions and information at the academic level. Special attention is given to the consistent use of self-correction.
In the area of foreign language education, there was emphasis on creating a citizen who is proficient in at least one foreign language in order to promote openness to and interaction with other cultures.
Furthermore, the principle of teaching two foreign languages was established: Language is used by its speakers to express themselves, to interact with others, to gain information academic and otherwiseand to learn about the world around them.
Speakers of a language are aware of the need to vary language use according to the context of communicative interaction, i. Moreover, language varies according to academic domains content areas and tasks.
Language learners will thus learn most when they are engaged in meaningful, purposeful activities of social and cognitive nature in the context of the classroom content-based instruction and outside it social settings.
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are not thought of by language users as independent skills; they are rather perceived as interdependent where one skill often activates the other skills as well as the paralinguistic skills for the achievement of effective communication.
The curriculum embodying this approach is going to be spiral in nature. Students following this curriculum will learn content-related information while acquiring English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The emphasis on teaching English for academic purposes entails the development of thinking skills.
The new curriculum attempts to develop native-like proficiency in English. Learning traditional grammar will thus be delayed till the fourth grade, i. Accuracy would, hopefully, develop naturally as a result of exposure to proper models of English.
Language will be presented to students in its proper cultural context. The purpose of this is to develop cross-cultural openness, tolerance, and understanding. It is for this purpose that the proposed curriculum highlights foreign language literature at all grade levels and includes a special section on cultural awareness skills.
The curriculum highlights the role of group work in the development of communicative language skills. It thus stresses the need for the creation of an interactive classroom environment. Many of the objectives and performance tasks included in the curriculum call for pair and group work in line with the cooperative learning model of classroom interaction.
Finally, the curriculum emphasizes the development of the proper study skills which will help students develop into independent learners. The following suggestions are believed to allow for smoother implementation of the proposed curriculum.
Close cooperation between EFL and subject matter teachers becomes a necessity. A comprehensive staff development program is needed for both EFL and content teachers. The program should include familiarization with theoretical models and methodological orientations as well as practice-teaching activities.
Enabling students to communicate effectively in different situations and settings with native and non-native speakers alike using authentic, appropriate, and correct linguistic forms. Enabling students to communicate effectively in subject matter areas in general, and mathematics and sciences in particular.
Equipping students with the requisite linguistic skills for pursuing university education in their fields of specialization. Developing students' critical thinking skills analytical, synthetic, critical.
Developing intercultural understanding and appreciation. Promoting students' positive attitudes toward the target language and culture. Enhancing students' abilities to work with others.If you’re a conservative presented at the voting booth with one option that seems to be a representation of the devil himself and the other that is .
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