English Language Foundation

Level of Qualification:

Foundation

Duration:

1 Year

ECTS credits:

N/A

Language of Instruction:

English

Students enrolled in this one-year program earn a Certificate in English Language Foundation Program. The English Language Foundation Program intends to help international students become proficient in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to develop their academic language and communication skills in order to successfully gain admission to our higher education programs of study.

Career Prospects and Access to Further Studies

Successful completion of the English Language Foundation Program provides a versatile skill set that can be applied to various professions and academic pursuits. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enroll in any diploma, bachelor's degree or master’s degree program offered by American College. For the master’s degree program students need to be holders of bachelor’s degree.

Accreditation

This program of study is accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA). CYQAA is the competent authority of the Republic of Cyprus responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education in Cyprus and for the support of the processes provided by the relevant Legislation, for the continuous improvement and upgrading of higher education institutions and their programs of study.

Purpose and Objectives

The program’s purpose and objectives are:

The English Language Foundation Program is designed to prepare international students for successful entrance to Higher Education Institutions in Cyprus by enhancing their language proficiency. This program focuses on developing the students' English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as building their academic language and communication skills required for successful study in a Higher Education Institution.

  1. Attain proficiency in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  2. Develop academic vocabulary and language necessary for Higher Education studies.
  3. Enhance communication skills for academic and social interactions.
  4. Gain confidence in participating in class discussions and debates and presenting academic topics.
  5. Improve critical thinking and analytical skills through reading and writing tasks.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program of study, its graduates will be able to:

  1. Language Proficiency: Develop an intermediate level of proficiency in the English language, including grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, enabling students to communicate effectively in various everyday situations.
  2. Reading Skills: Comprehend and analyze moderately complex texts, articles, and excerpts from different sources (such as newspapers, academic texts, or literature) to extract essential information and understand the main ideas and arguments.
  3. Writing Skills: Produce coherent and detailed texts on various topics, expressing opinions, arguments, and personal experiences using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and organizational structures.
  4. Listening Skills: Understand the main points and specific information in spoken English, such as lectures, discussions, interviews, and presentations, delivered at a moderate pace with some complexity.
  5. Speaking Skills: Engage in conversations and discussions on familiar and some unfamiliar topics, express opinions, participate in group discussions, and give short presentations with relatively clear pronunciation and appropriate language use.
  6. Cultural Understanding: Develop an understanding of cultural nuances and contexts related to the English language, including social norms, customs, and practices prevalent in English-speaking countries.
  7. Language Strategies: Acquire strategies to enhance language learning independently, such as using resources effectively, expanding vocabulary, self-correcting, and improving language skills through various methods (e.g., self-study, language exchange, etc.).
  8. Grammar and Vocabulary: Consolidate and expand knowledge of grammar rules, tenses, sentence structures, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary relevant to everyday and academic contexts.
  9. Critical Thinking Skills: Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate information presented in English, allowing students to form opinions, make inferences, and draw conclusions from texts or spoken content.
  10. Language Fluency: Develop increased fluency and confidence in using English in different contexts, leading to better communication and interaction both academically and socially.

Credit Requirements

The program requires the completion of the following 12 courses:

Course Code & Title
ENG040 Introduction to the language expectations of the program and Academic Environment I
ENG041 Listening and Speaking Skills Development I
ENG042 Reading Skills Enhancement I
ENG043 Writing Skills Enhancement I
ENG044 Academic Vocabulary and Language I
ENG045 Language Practice and Application I
ENG050 Introduction to the language expectations of the program and Academic Environment II
ENG051 Listening and Speaking Skills Development II
ENG052 Reading Skills Enhancement I
ENG053 Writing Skills Enhancement II
ENG054 Academic Vocabulary and Language II
ENG055 Language Practice and Application II

Year 1 - Semester 1

Course Code & Title
ENG040 Introduction to the language expectations of the program and Academic Environment I
ENG041 Listening and Speaking Skills Development I
ENG042 Reading Skills Enhancement I
ENG043 Writing Skills Enhancement I
ENG044 Academic Vocabulary and Language I
ENG045 Language Practice and Application I

Year 1 -  Semester 2

Course Code & Title
ENG050 Introduction to the language expectations of the program and Academic Environment II
ENG051 Listening and Speaking Skills Development II
ENG052 Reading Skills Enhancement II
ENG053 Writing Skills Enhancement II
ENG054 Academic Vocabulary and Language II
ENG055 Language Practice and Application II

Thalia Malekou

Associate Lecturer
Areas of Teaching: English Language
Thalia Malekou

Thalia Malekou

Position: Associate Lecturer
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Areas of Teaching: English Language

Higher education (Qualifications, Academic Institution, Award Year) and other qualifications:

BA in English Language and Literature, 2006
MA in Education (Special Educational Needs), 2008

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the English language entry requirements for the English Language Foundation Program?
Any one of the following English language qualifications can be accepted for entry in the English Language Foundation Program:
University of Cambridge Exams B1 Preliminary (PET)
IELTS 4.0
TOEFL (IBT) 42
IB English B Standard Level (SL) 4
IB English B High Level (HL) 3
Cambridge IGCSE or GCSE English as a Second Language E
Cambridge IGCSE or GCSE English as a First Language F
Password Skills Plus Test 4.0
Michigan Language Assessment ECCE (40)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) 450
PEARSON PTE Academic 43
How long does the English Language Foundation Program typically take to complete?

Typically, the program takes two semesters to complete, but students can take an English language external examination at the end of the first semester, and if they achieve the required mark, they can move on to any undergraduate or postgraduate program of study. For a postgraduate program students need to be holders of bachelor’s degree.

What is the minimum score required in English language external examinations for entry in an undergraduate/postgraduate program of study?
Students are required to gain a minimum score in one of the following English language external examinations for entry in an undergraduate/postgraduate program of study:
University of Cambridge Exams B2 First (FCE)
IELTS 5.0
TOEFL (IBT) 71
IB English B Standard Level (SL) 5
IB English B High Level (HL) 4
IB English A: Literature SL & HL 4
Cambridge IGCSE or GCSE English as a Second Language D
Cambridge IGCSE or GCSE English as a First Language E
Cambridge GCE English A Level D
Cambridge GCE AS Level English Language C
Anglia Examinations Intermediate
Password Skills Plus Test 5.5
Michigan Language Assessment ECCE (52)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) 530
PEARSON PTE Academic 58
How often are the external examinations offered?

External examinations are offered at the end of the first semester and at the end of the second semester.

After I complete this program of study, can I continue to an undergraduate or postgraduate program of study?

Yes. After you successfully complete this accredited program of study, you can continue to any undergraduate or postgraduate program of study offered by the College. For a postgraduate program students need to be holders of bachelor’s degree.

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