LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL EDUCATION

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					   LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL EDUCATION

                                        PROPOSALS

The following modifications to English and Foreign Language programmes have been approved by
the Departmental Board and Faculty Board, and are now submitted to the University Curriculum
Committee and University Senate for approval:


   1. The following non-operational EFL Basic Academic English I, Mainstream Academic
      English I, Advanced Academic English I course codes to be removed from the catalogue:

   EFL 101, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 115, 117, 119, 121, 123, 125, 127, 129, 191, 193, 195.

   All these courses have been replaced by the equivalent course ENGL 191.


   2. The following non-operational EFL Basic Academic English II, Mainstream Academic II,
      Advanced Academic English II courses to be removed from the catalogue:

   EFL 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 130, 192, 194, 196.

   All these courses have been replaced by the equivalent course ENGL 192.

   3. The following EFL Basic Communication Skills I, Mainstream Communication Skills I,
      Advanced Communication Skills I courses to be removed from the catalogue:

   EFL 201, 203, 205, 207, 217, 227, 291, 293, 295.

   All these courses will be replaced by the equivalent course: ENGL 201.

   4. The following Basic Communication Skills II and Advanced Communication Skills II courses
      to be removed from the catalogue:

   EFL 292, 296.

   Since these are courses for students in the Department of History only, EFL 294 – Mainstream
   Communication Skills II will continue to be run until there are no more students in the old
   curriculum remaining to take it, and will be terminated at that point.

   5. The following English language courses in the Law Faculty, which run under the names of
      Basic, Mainstream, Advanced Legal English I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII to be removed from
      the catalogue:

    EFL 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 281, 282, 283, 285, 286, 381, 382, 385, 386, 481, 482, 485,
    486.

    These courses are all part of the old Law English curriculum, which is currently being
    phased out. The courses that will remain in this curriculum for the next academic year will be as
    follows: EFL 284, EFL 383, EFL 384, EFL 483, EFL 484 (Mainstream Legal English IV-VIII).
6. The following English language courses in the Law Faculty, which run under the names of
   Basic, Advanced Legal English I, II, III, IV: EFL 151, 152, 155, 156, 251, 252, 255, 256 to be
   removed from the catalogue and replaced by the equivalent courses:

    ENGL 153, 154, 253, 254 (Legal English I, II, III, IV)

7. Remove the following English language course from the catalogue: EFL 402. This course was
   set up as a follow-up advanced English course to EFL 401, which was essentially TOEFL
   preparation. There has been no uptake on this course of note. As for EFL 401, it is proposed
   to recode this course as ENGL 401, and offer it as a university-wide 3 credit hour elective.

8. Terminate the following English language course: EFL 502. This advanced thesis-writing
   course for postgraduate students was originally set up at the request of the Institute of
   Graduate and Research studies, and is the follow-up course to EFL 501. Since the uptake is
   limited, the course content of EFL 501, and EFL 502 have been combined, and the course will
   be recoded as ENGL 501.

9. Make ENGL 191 a pre-requisite course for ENGL 192. The original co-requisite system is not
   necessary for there to be productive cooperation between the ENGL and GEED programmes.
   It would be better for all concerned if the standard pre-requisite system and sense of
   progression from one course to the next were restored.

10. Remove the following basic English language courses offered to Turkish medium students in
    the School of Computing and Technology and the Faculty of Education from the catalogue:

    EFL 171, 172, 271, 272, 197, 198

    They will be replaced by the following equivalent courses:

    ENGL 171, 172, 271, 272

11. Replace the three letter foreign language elective course codes with four letter elective course
    codes:

    FRE 111, 112 = FREN 111, 112
    GRE 111, 112 = GREE 111, 112
    GER 111, 112 = GERM 111, 112
    SPA 111, 112 = SPAN 111, 112
    ITA 111, 112 = ITAL 111, 112
    RUS 111, 112, 200 = RUSS 111, 112, 200

12. Introduce the code TUSL 180 (Turkish as a second language) for TURK courses for foreign
    students (i.e. those students whose mother tongue is not Turkish).

13. Numerous complaints have been made about class size, and the current policy
    of 30 per class was singled out by the visiting US State Department Fellow as a major
    area of concern in which EMU is failing to conform to international norms and
    practices in language teaching at the expense of its own students. This is a matter of
    great concern, which is affecting not only the quality of teaching and learning
    practice, but is also likely to arise as a negative point in the forthcoming European
    University Association evaluation.

    The following proposal is offered for consideration:
    i)         Maintain English language classes in the Turkish medium programmes at their
               current level, i.e. 30.
    ii)        Reduce all other foreign language classes to 25 students maximum.
    iii)       Reduce ENGL 201 classes (which is an intensive writing class) to 20 students
               maximum.
    iv)        In all events, optimize the use of available teachers to keep class sizes as low as
               possible.

Economise not through a policy of increasing class size to unacceptable levels, but through:

    i)         Introducing a system of exemptions from language classes.
    ii)        Introducing flexible modes of learning in addition to traditional classroom models.

Note: Students proposing to study English in the UK are advised that:
‘A class size of up to 10 is small, 10-15 is average and over 15 students is large.’
(http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Course/Language.htm)

    14. Exemptions from Language Classes

Since it is standard practice for institutions across Europe to exempt students from language
classes as long as they have internationally accredited proof of their language level, it is
proposed that EMU do the same. This will help reduce the numbers of students in classes,
and encourage and motivate students to take internationally accredited language
examinations. The following exemptions are proposed:

Stage      Courses      Level    Exemptions and Equivalences:
1          ENGL 171,    A1-A2    Certificate at B1 level on the Common European Language Reference
           172, 271,             Framework
           172 and               TELC (The European Language Certificates) examinations available.
           equivalent            Cambridge ESOL Preliminary English Test (PET)
                                 IELTS 5.0
                                 TOEFL 500
2          ENGL 271     A2-B1    Certificate at B2 level.
           ENGL 272              TELC (The European Language Certificates) examinations available.
           and                   Cambridge ESOL First Certificate in English (FCE)
           equivalent            IELTS 5.5
                                 TOEFL 525
4          ENGL 191     B2-C1    Certificate at C1 level.
           and                   Cambridge ESOL Advanced English (CAE)
           equivalent            IELTS 6.5
                                 TOEFL 575
                                 IGCSE English grade ‘C’
5          ENGL 192     C1       Certificate at C1 level.
           and                   Cambridge ESOL Advanced English (CAE)
           equivalent            IELTS 7.0
                                 TOEFL 600
                                 IGCSE English grade ‘B’
6          ENGL 201     C1-C2    Certificate at C2 level.
           and                   Cambridge ESOL Proficiency in English (CPE)
           equivalent            IELTS 7.5
                                 TOEFL 625
                                 IGCSE English grade ‘A’
* There are a number of other internationally accredited qualifications, e.g. international
baccalaureates, for which there are stated equivalences, which may also be acceptable.

The Senate is basically asked to support a system of exemptions that recognize and accredit
prior learning achievements, either by supporting the above recommendations as they stand,
or setting up a mechanism to allow the related technical issues to be further discussed before
the submission of a final proposal for approval.

				
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