||General English Program
General English Program 2018-10-09T14:10:57+00:00
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Welcome to Gulf Language School’s General English Program at North American University. Our highly-regarded language program is open to non-native speakers who wish to achieve proficiency in English for academic or professional purposes. Program components include reading, writing, listening and speaking.

General English Program Components

Writing

Express oneself more effectively in academic and non-academic writing, with work on content, accuracy, and organization.

Grammar

Increase a student’s accuracy in spoken and written contexts, and learn grammatical structures common in U.S. English.

Listening and Speaking

Communicate more comfortably and increase the student’s understanding in a variety of settings, from informal conversations to formal presentations.

Reading and Discussion

Improve a student’s comprehension of fiction and nonfiction, and develop the student’s vocabulary, discussion skills, and reading speed.

Program Length

Program length: 18-96 weeks
The placement test is given to each new student before they begin their course of study to evaluate the appropriate level of instruction. The length of instruction depends on the results of the placement exam for the General English Program. For example, an applicant scoring into GENG 0001 will have the following course of study:

Course Semester Weeks
GENG 0001 Lower Beginning English Level 1 Fall 16
GENG 0002 Upper Beginning English Level 2 Spring 16
GENG 0003 Lower Intermediate English Level 3 Fall 16
GENG 0004 Upper Intermediate English Level 4 Spring 16
GENG 0005 Lower Advanced English Level 5 Fall 16
GENG 0006 Advanced English Level 6 Summer 16
Total 96

The academic year for the General English Program is divided into 2 semesters, 16-week-long sessions, 9 hours a day, Monday and Tuesday (fall and spring) or 2 semesters 16-weeks long, 4.5 hours a day, Monday through Thursday (fall and spring) Students typically attend classes each semester (Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking), and advance to a new level each semester. Students are allowed to join General English Program at the midterm i.e. Fall 2 and Spring 2 for 8 weeks.

Course Description

This course introduces listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. Instructional approaches and activities which include pair work, group activities, audio, video and teacher-generated lectures, and student-instructor conferences, will engage the students in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities designed to help learners respond appropriately to a variety of practical everyday contexts such as asking for and giving personal information.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, and using the workshop method, students will use ideas and information from beginner text material to create well-formed sentences and fluency in the execution of formal presentations of 2-4 minutes. Both in and out-of-class activities will help students develop strategies to discuss, challenge and expand ideas contained in text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™.

This course introduces listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed for success in an English-speaking environment. Instructional approaches and activities which include pair work, group activities, audio, video and instructor-generated lectures, and student-instructor conferences, will engage the students in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities designed to help learners respond appropriately to a variety of practical everyday contexts such as asking for and giving personal information.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, and using the workshop method, students will use ideas and information from beginner text material to create well-formed sentences. Both in and out-of-class activities will help students develop strategies to discuss, challenge and expand ideas contained in text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™ or GENG 0001.

This course introduces and refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an undergraduate academic environment. Through audio and video presentations as well as teacher-generated lectures, students will improve listening comprehension, develop effective note-taking skills, identify verbal and nonverbal cues that signal main ideas and relationship of ideas, deliver formal oral presentations of 2-5 minutes, learn to support their own opinions and respond appropriately to the opinions of others, and practice intermediate grammar structures in discourse.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to develop critical reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, summarizing and paraphrasing to create essays of 2-3 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners develop strategies to discuss, challenge and expand ideas from text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™ or GENG 0002.

This course introduces and improves listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an undergraduate academic environment. Through audio and video presentations as well as teacher-generated lectures, students will improve listening comprehension, develop effective note-taking skills, recognize verbal and nonverbal cues that signal main ideas and relationship of ideas, deliver formal oral presentations of 3-5 minutes, learn to support their own opinions and respond appropriately to the opinions of others, and practice intermediate grammar structures in discourse.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to improve critical reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, and summarizing and paraphrasing, to create essays of 2-3 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners practice strategies critical to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas from text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™ or GENG 0003.

This course introduces and refines listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an academic environment. Through instructional approaches and activities such as pair work, group activities, lectures and student-instructor conferences, learners will increase comprehension, improve note-taking skills, expand vocabulary and increase fluency to deliver formal presentations of 4-6 minutes.

Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to improve reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, and summarizing and paraphrasing, to create essays of 3-4 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners practice strategies essential to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas contained in text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™ or GENG 0004.

This course refines practical listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an English environment. Through instructional approaches and activities which include pair work, group activities, academic lectures and materials, and student-instructor conferences, the learner will increase comprehension, improve note-taking skills, and improve accuracy and fluency in speaking to deliver formal presentations of 4-7 minutes.

Under the close supervision of the instructor and using the workshop method, students will use college-level text material to analyze, evaluate, summarize, and paraphrase information and ideas to create essays of at least 3 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help students to practice strategies that are critical to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas contained in text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™ or GENG 0005.

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Level Progression

Progression from one level of the general english program to the next is determined at the end of each term. Students are assessed throughout the term, and promotion to the next level is confirmed using the following criteria:

  1. Graded coursework, i.e. homework, quizzes, reading and listening tests, progress drafts, portfolio, etc.

A grade of 70 or above in the course are considered in promotion decisions. To pass to the next level, students also must obey attendance, participation, and coursework rules during the session.

Sample Weekly Schedule Progression

General English Program students take a 4-hour listening and speaking class, a 4-hour reading and writing class, and a 2-hour Lab, Monday through Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Classes are held from 09:00 – 06:30.

09:00 – 06:30 Sample Class

GENG 0003 Monday Tuesday
9:00 – 10:40 Writing & Speaking Reading & Writing
11:00 – 12:40 Writing & Speaking Listening & Speaking
12:40 – 01:30 LUNCH LUNCH
1:30 – 03:10 Listening & Reading Reading & Writing
03:30 – 05:10 Listening & Reading Listening & Speaking
05:30 – 06:30 LAB LAB