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INTENSIVE ENGLISH LEVEL 3

INTENSIVE ENGLISH LEVEL THREE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Total Number of Hours: 250

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Noble International University’s Intensive English course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce the English language and help students adjust to their new cultural environment. The course is designed to expand students’ abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing for essential academic purposes. The students will develop necessary knowledge and skills through participating in activities that develop spoken and written English for a variety of purposes. They will be engaged in social interaction, reading and responding to short passages from fiction and non-fiction texts designed and adapted for high intermediate and advanced learners of English. They will be working on a variety of forms and demonstrate an understanding of knowledge of and adaptation to Canadian Society through oral interaction.

 

The course has been divided into two sub-levels with the instruction time of 125 hours each

Intensive English Level Three A (low advanced level, Weeks 1-5)

Intensive English Level Three B (high advanced level, Weeks 6-10)

 

Each of these levels consists of five-week periods and four components which have equal weight in the Intensive English course.

 

North Star” component (62.5 hours) consists of 10 thematic units that are organized like the TOEFL iBT into listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. Each unit includes focused integrated skill practice to develop critical thinking and communicative competence. The students develop academic skills in English, while building test-taking confidence.

 

“Focus on Grammar” component (62.5 hours) helps advanced students of English to understand and practice English grammar. Each unit presents a balanced approach with a variety of activities so that students of all different learning styles can benefit. 

 

“Writing to Communicate” component (62.5 hours) uses many ways to teach writing to English-language learners. In addition, each chapter includes a section on the mechanics of writing.

 

Reading component (62.5 hours) helps the students develop  key reading strategies for decoding and comprehension of written texts through reading outstanding short stories by American authors and a novel The Outsiders. Focus will be on literature, improving reading, vocabulary and note-taking skills, and developing greater individual and group communication skills.

 

 

 

OUTLINE OF THE COURSE CONTENT

 

WEEK-BY-WEEK OVERVIEW

 

INTENSIVE ENGLISH LEVEL THREE A (125 hours)

 

Week One

Time: 25 hours

Description: 

“North Star” component: Unit 1: Media

“Focus on Grammar” component: Verb Tenses: Present & Future Time, Past Time

“Writing to Communicate” component:  Introduction to Academic Writing, Types of Paragraphs 

Reading component: Short Story: “Thank You, M’am”

 

Week Two

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 2: Overcoming Obstacles

“Focus on Grammar” component: Verb Tenses: Past Time, Simple & Progressive: Action & Non-Action Verbs 

“Writing to Communicate” component:  Organization of Paragraphs

Reading component: Short Story: “All Summer in a Day”

 

Week Three

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 3: Medicine

“Focus on Grammar” component: Nouns: Count and Non-Count Nouns, Definite & Indefinite Articles, Quantifiers

“Writing to Communicate” component: Coherence & Cohesion; Unity & Completeness

Reading component: Short Story: “The Last Leaf”

 

Week Four

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 4: Natural Disasters

“Focus on Grammar” component: Nouns: Quantifiers, Modification of Nouns

“Writing to Communicate” component:  From Paragraph to Essay

Reading component: Short Story: “The Lottery”

 

Week Five

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 5: Conservation

“Focus on Grammar” component: Noun Clauses: Subjects, Objects, and Complements; Direct and Indirect Speech 

“Writing to Communicate” component:  The Thesis Statement; The Introductory Paragraph

Reading component: Research Project “Alternative Therapy”

 

INTENSIVE ENGLISH LEVEL THREE B (125 hours)

 

Week Six

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 6: Philanthropy

“Focus on Grammar” component: Gerunds & Infinitives: Gerunds

“Writing to Communicate” component:  The Concluding Paragraph, Body Paragraphs

Reading component: Novel study “The Outsiders”

 

Week Seven

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 7: Education

“Focus on Grammar” component: Gerunds & Infinitives: Infinitives

“Writing to Communicate” component:  The Essay – Process

Reading component: Novel study “The Outsiders”

 

Week Eight

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 8: Food

“Focus on Grammar” component: Adverbs: Functions, Types, Placement, and Meaning; Adverb Clauses; Adverb and Adverbial Phrases

“Writing to Communicate” component:  The Essay – Classification

Reading component: Novel study “The Outsiders”

 

Week Nine

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 9: Immigration

“Focus on Grammar” component: Adverbs: Adverb & Adverbial Phrases; Connectors

“Writing to Communicate” component:  The Essay – Cause & Effect

Reading component: Novel study “The Outsiders”

 

Week Ten

Time: 25 hours

Description:

“North Star” component: Unit 10: Technology

“Focus on Grammar” component: Adjective Clauses: Review & Expansion; Adjective Clauses with Prepositions; Adjective Phrases

“Writing to Communicate” component:  The Essay – Comparison & Contrast

Reading component: Novel study “The Outsiders”

 

Level Three Final Exam 

 

*Summative evaluation in the form of a writing assignment, test, or a project is given at the end of each week.

 

COMPONENTS OF FINAL EVALUATION

 

Term Work: 70%

 

Tests25%

Writing30%

Project 15%

 

Final Exam:30%

 

Final Exam15%

Final Essay 15%

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