This is an introductory course of General English (GE) for university students at Al-Quds Open University. Since English is an international language, university students regardless of their specializations need English in pursuing their studies and communicating with foreigners. The course emphasizes all language skills, and aims to improve your English in these skills. It provides clear and straightforward guidance in the basics of English language while focusing on the sort of language people use in everyday communication. Learners have access to varied interesting course materials, wide range of resources for language learning, and up to date audio and visual lessons which are relevant to everyday life. The topics in this course are contemporary and as relevant as possible to the student needs. Language and fluency are developed through debates, discussions and presentations. Students will cover language skills such as justifying opinions, describing and talking about notable people, problem solving, discussing new ideas and innovations. The course consists of five learning units. Each unit consists of four components: Reading, Grammar, Language use and Writing respectively. Students, through their self-study of the course, have good opportunities to develop their language skills easily.
Learners are expected to meet the following learning objectives:
- Improve reading comprehension
- Use new vocabularies in different contexts.
- Use some basic grammatical information appropriately.
- Use certain language functions.
- Write a short well- organized paragraph.
- Improve listening skills through the audio and videos materials.
English 0113 is blended learning course. It depends on the integration of technology and traditional face-to-face instructional activities to create that blended learning environment. Students have free access to attend:
- Four face to face classes: F2F classes give you the chance to communicate directly with your instructor and interact with your classmates.
- Two virtual classes (VC): The VC classes also help you to interact online with both of them.
The course is designed in a way that enables learners to depend on themselves. However, they have access to communicate with their instructors and course coordinator for help and further assistance. By the end of each unit, learners can work on some tasks to ensure that they managed to use English skills properly. Of course learners can check their answer through the keys provided at the end of each unit.
Grades: learners take two exams held at local branches of QOU according to the exams' schedule issued by Deanship of Admission, Registration and Examinations. The dates of the examination periods in general can be found in the academic calendar.
- Midterm Exam: 50 %
It covers three units: 1+2+3
- Final Exam: 50%
It covers two units: 4 + 5