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Intensive English Programme Description

The Intensive English Programme is offered by the Language Centre which is located in Beirut Campus. This programme was established to satisfy the needs of English language proficiency due to the alteration of the medium of instruction to English and due to the requirements of the job market. Thus, it fulfills the essential role of equipping university students as well as external students, in all programs and at all levels, with the various language communication proficiency skills and with cultural awareness for coping with contemporary issues in the global community. The Intensive English Program helps students meet the varying academic and cultural needs associated with pursuing any major at the university. Students will learn an appropriate mix of academic, as well as functional English, whilst integrating skills to support learning and growth. 
The program is divided into 5 levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference CEFR. It employs traditional, blended and online teaching/learning techniques to help students master the English Language. Projects, including speeches and presentations, are a part of all levels.

Level 1/INTE 100-101: Students are introduced to the English language and the focus is on everyday use.

Level 2/INTE 102: Students continue to focus on the fundamentals in social English and apply what they learn to daily conversation.

Level 3/INTE 103: Students work on strengthening written and conversational skills in an academic setting through reading and listening.

Level 4/INTEA 104: The focus of the class shifts towards advanced academic content based on the skills of reading and writing. 

Intensive English Programme Objectives
The Intensive English Program is designed to support students who, based on their performance on the English Language Entrance Exam/Placement Test, need to improve their English language skills to the level required to study at university and meet the needs of the workplace. Students are introduced to activities requiring them to obtain a working ability to:

1. Listen to spoken English, understand intended meaning and respond appropriately.
2. Speak in English on a diversity of topics in a way that is intelligible to the listener.
3. Read, comprehend and apply one’s own thinking to a wide range of English texts. 
4. Write both narrative and expository papers which fit the intended purpose and audience.
5. Increase both receptive and productive knowledge of English vocabulary.
6. Use appropriate and generally correct grammar, spelling and punctuation when communicating in English.
7. Analyze new information and communicate ideas in a clear and logical manner in oral presentation.
8. Use word-processing programs, language learning software, the Internet and computer skills to develop language proficiency.
Intensive English Programme ILOs
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

A. Knowledge and Understanding
1. Understand long complex texts and extended speech
2. Distinguish various grammatical structures and organisational patterns
3. Recognise and comprehend content-based lexis and derive implicit meaning
B. Intellectual Skills
1. Analyse and interpret information in audio/printed material
2. Select, analyse, summarise, synthesise, evaluate and draw conclusions based on audio/printed material
C. Practical Skills
1. Produce clear detailed texts and reports on various topics
2. Apply the different grammatical structures and organisational patterns
3. Demonstrate competence in expressing themselves in clear, well-structured texts
4. Interpret audio material (News/TV Programmes/Films..)
5. Plan, conduct and present a mini research with limited guidance
D. Transferable Skills
1. Communicate and present information effectively whether orally or in writing 
2. Deal with situations and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity
3. Work and learn independently and in groups, and take personal responsibility for their own work
4. Apply various computer, emailing and internet browsing skills
Intensive English Courses Description

I. Intensive English INTE 100-101 
This starter (CEFR: A1) to elementary (CEFR: A2)  course addresses students who scored an average between 20% - 29% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. The course tackles all language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and sub-skills (Lexis and Language Focus) in an integrated manner. It is a 12-noncredit-hour course covered in a language class that integrates all skills according to the assigned level. This dual course is covered during one semester in which the first 7.5 weeks are dedicated to the Starter level and the other 7.5 weeks to the Elementary level. Students required to finish this course are on probation; their full admission to the university is suspended until they successfully pass this course. Passing both parts of the course is a requirement to the student’s elevation to the INTE 102. In case the student fails in any part, s/he is required to repeat both parts of the course. This course is scored as P (Pass) or F (Fail) on the official transcript.
   The course main objectives are to:
enhance students’ competency in comprehending simple short passages from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
develop students’ ability to recognize content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
enable students to acquire the simple language usages and syntactical structures as related to simple  tenses, question structure forms, singular/plural forms, subject-verb agreement, etc.
improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing using very short conversations and simple sentences based on the acquired repertoire during classes.
promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend spoken English in short conversations and talks and to recognise a variety of English accents and interact with.
develop students’  writing skills at the level of  forming a well-structured simple sentence and/or sequencing simple sentences.

II. Intensive English INTE 102
This pre-intermediate (CEFR: B1)   course addresses students who scored an average of 30% - 39% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. The course tackles all language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)  and sub-skills (Lexis and Language Focus) in an integrated manner. It is a 6-noncredit-hour course covered during one semester. Along with this course, students are allowed to register for a maximum of 12 credit hours from both elective and core courses except for ENGL 001.The final grade is either P (Pass) or F (Fail) on the official transcript.

The course main objectives are to:
enhance students’ competency in comprehending passages of  medium length from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
develop students’ ability to recognize content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
enable students to acquire the different language usages and syntactical structures as related to compound tenses, real/unreal conditionals, infinitives and gerunds, modals and passives, etc.
improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing through conducting short conversations and forming simple and compound sentences.
promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend spoken English in conversations and talks of average length, to recognise a variety of English accents, and respond in a sequence of ideas.
develop students’ writing skills at the level of forming a well-structured simple/compound sentence.

III. Intensive English INTE 103 
This intermediate (CEFR: B1+) course addresses students who scored an average of 40% - 49% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. It is a goal-based course which prepares learners to use English independently for global communication. The course tackles all language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)  and sub-skills (Lexis and Language Focus) in an integrated manner. It is a 6-noncredit-hour course covered during one semester. Along with this course, students are allowed to register for a maximum of 12 credit hours from both elective and core courses except for ENGL 001.The final grade is either P (Pass) or F (Fail) on the official transcript.
  The course main objectives are to:
enhance students’ competency in comprehending long passages of various organizational patterns from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
develop students’ ability to recognize and derive content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
enable students to acquire the different language usages and syntactical structures as related to compound tenses, passives, quoted/reported speech, modals etc.
improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing through conducting long conversations and forming complex sentences on various topics based on the repertoire gained during classes.
promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend and report spoken English in long conversations and talks and to recognise a variety of English accents on a wide range of topics.
develop students’ academic writing skills at the level of a well-organised paragraph using all types of sentences in simple patterns. 
IV. Intensive English INTEA 104 
This 4-noncredit-hour upper-intermediate (CEFR: B2) online Intensive English course addresses students who scored an average of 50% - 59% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. It includes the essential academic English language, computer and web skills for a university student. The course is designed to satisfy the student's needs with its versatile and rich components and features which provide the student with the one-on-one tutoring opportunity and group work learning as well.  This course starts with the Intermediate level (8 hrs.) which is intended as a review of the basic structures of the language. The middle of the course is the Intermediate+ level (12 hrs.) which aims at enabling students to acquire active communication skills on different subjects while expressing their points of view. Two-Thirds of the course deals with the Advanced / Advanced + / Expert levels (40 hrs.) which enables students to apply the language skills well.
The course main objectives are to:
enhance students’ competency in comprehending demanding, longer texts of various organizational patterns from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level. 
develop students’ ability to recognize implicit meaning and derive content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
enable students to acquire the different language usages and syntactical structures as related to compound tenses, passives, conditionals, modals etc.
improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing through using the language flexibly and effectively for social, business and academic purposes.
promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend and report spoken English in long conversations, TV news, films and current affairs programmes and to recognise a variety of English accents on a wide range of topics.
enable students to produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

II.Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) Programme

TAFL Division

The TAFL Division receives students from various universities from all countries, as well as private students on fellowships granted by their universities, governments and organizations of academic exchange. Students study Arabic language, culture and heritage in its natural environment.

Mission

The mission of the TAFL Division at BAU is both cultural and academic: to spread the Arabic language beyond the borders of the Arab Region, and to strengthen academic relations between Beirut Arab University and universities worldwide.

TAFL Language Courses

Since Arabic is a diaglossic language where the written and the spoken language are different, both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Lebanese are taught. Students can join three types of courses at different levels:

1. A one-academic year course (2 semesters). This follows the calendar of Beirut Arab University. Classes begin in September and end in June. 

2. A one-semester course (15 weeks). This follows the calendar of Beirut Arab University. Classes begin in either September or February. 

3. Intensive Summer Course (8) weeks. Classes begin in early July and last till the end of August.
     Classes are for 10 hours per week, Monday to Thursday.

Aim of Courses

Courses aim at enhancing students’ proficiency in the four language skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. A rich variety of material is used covering Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Lebanese and other subjects.

Courses Offered

1. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)
This variety of Arabic is the official language that any educated Arab understands and uses in all Arab countries. It meets the needs of foreign learners who want to know the culture, religion and heritage of the Arab world. This is taught for 8 hours per week.

2. Lebanese Colloquial Arabic (LCA)
Through use with locals, the student is exposed to this variety daily. The student uses it in different situations such as shopping, in supermarkets, in transportation, watching movies, listening to songs and in everyday conversations It includes local anecdotes, idioms, proverbs and stories. This is taught for 2 hours per week. 

3. Optional Courses
A one-to-one course in the subject area of the student’s choice offers an opportunity for students to explore their particular field of interest. The TAFL division provides the opportunity for students to attend courses offered by the university with their Lebanese colleagues. Courses vary and among others include Media, Sociology, History, Literature etc.

Levels and Skills

Based on a placement test, students are divided into the following four levels: Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each skill at any of the three levels has certain objectives to be attained.

i. Beginner:

• Reading: Recognise vocabulary items in isolations and in short sentences. 

• Listening: Understand vocabulary, idiomatic expression and structural usage in real life dialogues.

• Speaking: Gain controlled fluency in restricted range of structures, expressions and vocabulary.

• Writing: Copy words and short sentences NASKH.

ii. Pre- Intermediate: 

• Reading: Read and comprehend basic facts and ideas in short simple texts. 

• Listening: Comprehend instructions and expressions related to social conventions and everyday needs. 

• Speaking: Communicate using short sentences. Express ideas clearly.

• Writing: Write simple sentences. 

iii. Intermediate:

• Reading: Comprehend long passages of various organizational patterns.

• Listening: Comprehend conversations and talks. 

• Speaking: Express oneself orally through conducting long conversations and forming complex sentences on various topics based on the repertoire gained during classes

• Writing: Write short, simple letters and texts using advanced structures. 

• Arab Culture: Conduct short researches on various topics related to Arab and Islamic culture.

iii. Advanced:

• Reading: Gain familiarity with synonyms and figures of speech. Gain language usage, terminology, idioms and cultural references. 

• Listening: Comprehend the ideas expressed in continuous speech or conversations. 

•Speaking: Speak fluently on a number of topics with accuracy and confidence. Take part in general conversation. Talk with accuracy and confidence on a range of topics using the appropriate structural and stylistic forms. 

• Writing: Use idiomatic expressions and terminology with precision. Write essays and short papers. Develop creative writing.

• Arab Culture: Read and comprehend texts from Arabic Literature. Conduct researches on Arab and Islamic culture.

Continuous Assessment

• Exams
• Quizzes
• Assignments and Researches
• Classwork and Participation

Activities

Cultural activities as well as excursions to historical, cultural and tourist sites in Beirut and throughout Lebanon are available.

How to Register

Download the application.

Fees

Defined according to the number of students
Extra Expenses: Student should budget for transportation, additional traveling during their stay, accommodation, books, meals and field trips outside Beirut.

III. French Language Intensive Courses

Based on a placement test, students are divided into the following three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each skill at one of the three levels has certain objectives to be attained.

i. Beginner (Niveau A1): 

• Comprehend current language in very simple authentic texts about basic topics.

• Describe residence and acquaintances 

• Write simple structures

• Understand and use daily-life expressions to introduce oneself and ask and answer simple questions

ii. Intermediate (Niveau A2):

• Comprehend simple and short messages

• Find information in daily life documents (advertisements, menus, schedules)

• Interact through simple tasks and write notes and short messages (friendly letters, thank-you letters)

iii. Advanced ((Niveau B1)

• Use standard language to conduct a conversation, express opinions, ask for others' opinions and take initiatives

• Seek clarification during a conversation

• Experience daily-life situations 

• Produce different forms of writing 

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