DEPARTMENT OF BASIC ENGLISH


Courses


DBE 101 Beginner Level
The 400 hours of this 550-hour course is designed to equip students with the basic language and vocabulary required for them to practice academic skills. The remaining contact hours are dedicated to introducing students to reading, listening, writing and speaking for academic purposes.

DBE 102 Pre-Intermediate Level
This second semester 550-hour course, which is designed as the continuation of the DBE 101 course, aims to bring the students to a level that will enable them to fulfill the requirements of their first-year courses. The focus is primarily on practicing academic skills. Further language and vocabulary reinforcement is provided through exposure to academic texts, both written and spoken.

DBE 201 Elementary Level
This 320-hour course is designed to provide students with 150 hours of initial language and vocabulary input followed by a 170-hour practice in reading, listening, writing and speaking for academic purposes.

DBE 202 Intermediate Level
This 320-hour course is the follow-up to the DBE 201 course. The aim is to provide students with further language practice through exposure to advanced-level spoken and written texts. The course is designed so that there is ample opportunity for the students to further practice in an integrated way the academic skills that they will need in order to fulfill the requirements of their first-year courses.

DBE 301 Intermediate Level
In this 320-hour course, the academic skills that will be required during the first-year courses are introduced. These skills include reading for academic purposes, listening and note-taking, writing short texts based on the information from their readings and listening input, as well as speaking. While practicing these skills, the students are also provided with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of language use and vocabulary.

DBE 302 Upper-Intermediate Level
This 320-hour course, which is the continuation of the DBE 301 course, aims at bringing the students to the proficiency level required by the departments. The primary objective of this course is to enable students to purposefully use the language through skill integration. Language and vocabulary are treated as a means to extract meaning and facilitate task completion.

DBE 401 Upper-Intermediate Level
This 240-hour course is designed to cater for the needs of upper-intermediate level students, whose proficiency level is only slightly below the level required by the university. The aim of this course is to provide students with meaningful language practice through the use of the four skills.

DBE 402 Advanced
This 240 hour course, which is the continuation of the DBE 401 course, aims to perfect the skills and language necessary to practice academic skills at their faculties.

DBE 601-602 Repeat
This level is designed for students in their second year at the DBE and focuses on revising their prior knowledge as well as improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.