January, May and September (Weekly Intake)
Foundation English - 15 Weeks / Advanced English - 13 weeks.
The Raffles University Iskandar’s English Language Programme has been designed to help those students who have not yet achieved the necessary English proficiency level required to join one of the Raffles University Iskandar programmes. This course helps in the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, with emphasis given to academic English.
During the course, students will not only improve the much needed daily command of the language, but also develop their critical reading and writing skills with the use of a variety of texts, including novels for young adults, short stories, newspapers, magazine atricles and letters. This practice creates a strong foundation for their academic English.
Students will also be given writing tasks and learn how to focus on developing their ideas through essays, reports, emails and letters. Classroom interaction is highly encouraged and students participate in many listening and speaking activities. During the course, they become increasingly proficient in delivering oral presentations and using visual aids to deliver a message.
In Reading and Writing, students gradually develop their ability, from simply understanding and responding to newspaper or magazine articles, to following main ideas and picking out important details in such texts. This increased understanding of written texts and a developing grasp of new vocabulary words will enable students to perform writing tasks suited to the specific purposes of the course.
At this level, students will work towards composing grammatically correct sentences, and by the end of the semester, a paragraph ranging from 150-250 words. Although sentence structures may likely be weak, and there may be errors in syntax, spelling, and punctuation, the students should be able to convey their main idea clearly in a single paragraph.
In communication, students will develop their speaking and listening skills in a variety of social and academic situations. They will become increasingly proficient in delivering oral presentations in a classroom setting and in effectively using a variety of visual aids to enhance their delivery and message. Speakers will communicate on matters relating to a variety of academic and/or social events, and listeners will be able to identify topics and specific details in a variety of conversations, lectures and/or class presentations.
In Reading and Writing, students will continue to develop their critical reading and writing skills by the close reading of a variety of texts, as well as developing academic research skills such as critical reading, effective note-taking and summarising, paraphrasing, and synthesising information from two or more sources. Students are thus prepared for the rigors of academic writing and standard referencing techniques using the APA style format.
Writing tasks will begin to focus more intensely on developing a key idea (a thesis) and supporting it with evidence. Writing tasks begin with reports, short essays, e-mails and letters. Over the period of the course, students will fine-tune writing skills with essay topics ranging from 500-750 words and will demonstrate clear thesis statements with supporting evidence. Students will be able to create bibilography according to the conventions of documentation as outlined in the APA stylebook.
In communication, students will continue to develop their speaking and listening skills in a variety of social and academic situations. They will become increasingly proficient in delivering oral presentations in a classroom setting and in effectively using a variety of visual aids to enhance their delivery and message. Speakers will communicate on matters relating to a variety of academic social and/or news events, and listeners will be able to identify topics and specific details in a variety of conversations, lectures and/or class presentations.
While there is no IELTS class per se, students will be taught and will intensively practise the strategies that help them tackle the IELTS exam more effectively.
*Subject to change due to curriculum update.