The English Language Department at USAL pays attention for language learning, and builds strong foundation for the students so that they can comprehend and use English language better. The department also supports the newly admitted students and helps their integration in the programs easily. Through the Remedial Program, the department is tasked to raise the students’ standard of English, as it is the language of world business and science. USAL considers the language learning as one of the institution pillars for two key reasons: the university delivers many of its programs in English, and students’ proficiency of the language is essential for their professional career success.

The department has vowed to give only the best through a team of dedicated and qualified educators who are up-to-date with all the effective approaches, and trending means of teaching.

Through the English courses that the department is providing, the students will learn the four main English skills; Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking. It also focuses on developing critical thinking and analytical skills.

Placement Tests

The department also evaluates the newly-admitted students through placement tests which are designed to establish an estimated idea of each student’s English level.

Students who acquire (0 – 24) out of 100 will be placed in English Remedial One (010); Students who acquire (25 – 44) out of 100 will be placed in English Remedial Two (020); Students who acquire (45 – 60) out of 100 will be placed in English Remedial Three (030); Finally, students who acquire more will be placed at English Communication Skills I (201).

The department provides the following courses:

ENGL 010: This teaching unit is a compulsory subject -based on the results of the placement test- provided at USAL to introduce the first level of remedial English. This course aims at providing the students with the ability to articulate in English as often as possible. It includes a study of sentence types, sentence variations, and sentence combining. The focus of this course is on the development and writing of various types of paragraphs. Ancillary short readings are required. In short, it is a preparation for ENGL 020.

ENGL 020: This teaching unit is a compulsory subject -based on the results of the placement test- provided at USAL to introduce a set of skills taught in Remedial English II. It aims at providing the students with the ability to achieve specific communicative goals, with focus on grammar, reading, listening, writing and speaking. The end goal is to help learners master basic language skills to ease their transition into advanced classes and to increase their fluency in basic oral communication. Students will be given grammar and oral exercises as well as other supplementary and supporting tasks.

ENGL 030: This teaching unit is a compulsory subject – based on the results of the placement test- provided at USAL to introduce academic skills. It aims at providing the students with the ability to build English learning skills that will help them to communicate effectively in real life situations with a focus on reading, listening, writing and speaking. The purpose of this course is to help students to maintain the solid English foundation needed to help them shift to further education and career training. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary, grammar, oral and written summaries of texts available in the book, in addition to essay writing techniques. Summarizing texts for audio exercises will be conducted in oral forms as well as in written forms.

ENGL 201: This teaching unit is a compulsory subject provided at USAL to introduce the required communication skills. It aims at providing the students with the ability to use the language appropriately and for different purposes.

Course work focuses on advanced reading and writing skills in addition to listening and speaking. The goal for students completing this course of the REP is to refine their language skills in preparation for any/all core and major courses taught in English. It aims at teaching students effective listening/reading strategies that can improve students’ ability to comprehend, synthesize, and critique multi-disciplinary academic lectures. It prepares students to initiate context-appropriate conversations (discussions, presentations, etc.) with confidence and professionalism. Emphasis is placed on pronunciation and practice of idiomatic language. This course is designed to replicate contexts relevant to student academic needs, specifically in writing.

ENGL 202: This teaching unit is a compulsory subject provided at USAL to introduce upper intermediate English. It aims at providing the students with the ability to develop their skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Being the final course for non-majors of English, it will provide a comprehensive platform for students who intend to polish their knowledge and use of the English Language academically and as they prepare to take on the work force. This course could be a chance for learners to finally break the barrier and use English to express their thoughts and feelings.