English Language

The English language courses at AUST are modeled to enable students to gain proficiency in the English language at a higher academic level.  The language courses offer progressive academic preparation in the English language for students who aspire to progress and extend their English language aptitude.

The language program’s standards are designed to engage and develop students’ skill comprehensively in the English language.  The course program advances students’ language growth through an institutionally approved language acquisition syllabus, whereby students are encouraged to take part in grammatical skills, critical thinking and communication, reading, writing, and are continually prompted to engage in conversation and listening activities.


English Courses
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ENG 000 Intensive English I English Language Competency Placement Test
9
ENG 001 Intensive English II English Language Competency Placement Test or a successful pass of 60% in Intensive English I course
9
ENG 200 Writing Skills English Language Competency Placement Test or a passing grade of 60% in Intensive II course.
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I A passing grade of 60% in the Writing Skills course
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II A passing grade of 70% in the Composition & Rhetoric I course
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills A passing grade of 70% in the Composition and Rhetoric II course.
3
Course Descriptions
ENG 000
Intensive English I
Intensive English I is a course that is designed to improve the students' general competence in English. In class, the students engage in active reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The aim is to transfer the student from an intermediate to a high-level. Special attention is given to grammatical structure and vocabulary. At this level, students practice their sentence and paragraph structure. It is worth noting that the final evaluation of Intensive English I achievement appears in the form of "P" or "F".
Prerequisite: English Language Competency Placement Test
ENG 001
Intensive English II
Intensive English II is a course that is designed to improve the general competence of students in the English language. In class, the students engage in active reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The aim is to transfer the student from a high-intermediate to an advanced level. Special attention is given to grammatical structure and vocabulary. At this level, students practice their sentence and paragraph structure. It is worth noting that the final evaluation of Intensive English II achievement appears in the form of "P" or "F".
Prerequisite: English Language Competency Placement Test or a successful pass of 60% in Intensive English I course
ENG 200
Writing Skills
This course covers the major components of effective communication in English. Students practice paragraph and essay writing and go over the main grammar rules. In addition, they are expected to participate in oral debates and presentations.
Prerequisite: English Language Competency Placement Test or a passing grade of 60% in Intensive II course.
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: A passing grade of 60% in the Writing Skills course
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: A passing grade of 70% in the Composition & Rhetoric I course
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: A passing grade of 70% in the Composition and Rhetoric II course.

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