Apr 24, 2019  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of English Language Instruction


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Chair:
C. Clark
Intensive English Program Director: S. Farag
IEP Assessment Specialist: H.Garas
Intensive and Academic English for Graduates Program Director: M. Osman
English 100 Program Director: A. El Shebeenie
English 100 Assessment Specialist: E. Arrigoni

Senior Instructors: N. Aboul Fetouh, C. Clark, A. Demian, S. Esnawi, S. Farag, H. Garas, K. Helmy, M. Iskander, R. Jabr, L. Kamal, F. Kassabgy, N. Khafagi, S. Abdel Hady Makhlouf, A. Mishriki, S. Rizzo, M. El Saady, M. Sarofim, H. Shawarbi, A. Shebeenie, E. Yoder, M. Osman, Y. Salah Eldin

Instructors: E. Arrigoni, M. Ateek, H. Attiah, M. Bishara, M. Fairley, S. El Farnawany, M. Hafez (on leave), N. Kassas, M. Landsman, A. Lewko, R. McAuley, W. Mcfeely, H. Nashed (on leave), A. Nostas, A. Schneider, M. Salah Eldin.

 

ELI Program Accreditation - ELI/CEA

The Intensive English Program (IEP) and the English 100 Program are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The CEA is based in Washington, D.C. and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to promote excellence in English language programs by identifying best practices, setting standards, and training professionals in how to understand and meet standards in the ten standard areas of mission; curriculum; faculty; facilities, equipment, and supplies; administrative and fiscal capacity; recruiting; students services; length and structure of program of study; student achievement; and student complaints and program development, planning and review.

Undergraduates

Intensive English Program

The intensive program for undergraduates offers English 98/0101 (Intermediate English), and English 99/0102 (Advanced English). Students are placed in one of the two levels according to their scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL-iBT).

Undergraduate students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) are allowed to take up to a full calendar year to reach the freshman English level (ENGL 100/0210) or RHET 110. For example, students entering the IEP in the spring who do not reach the freshman English level by the end of that semester may attend the summer session and the following fall semester. If at the end of one calendar year a student still has not attained the required freshman level, he/she will be suspended.

Content of Courses

Students are placed in sections normally comprised of up to seventeen students, according to levels of proficiency. Students are given a grammar review, extensive reading and writing practice, advanced vocabulary review, instruction in study skills, and practice in speaking and listening comprehension. Integration among these skill areas is stressed at all levels. Grading in this course is on a Pass/Fail system.

Attendance

Attendance and participation are considered so important to this intensive language program that a student who for any reason misses the equivalent of six days of class (thirty hours) in any one semester will be asked to withdraw. Students who are asked to withdraw but fail to do so will be suspended. A committee of IEP Administrators and instructors will decide whether or not the suspended student will be allowed to return to the IEP.

Readmission

Suspended students who are not allowed to return to the IEP may be readmitted to AUC only if they submit new iBT or IELTS scores placing them in levels higher than the IEP. Other applicants for readmission may not submit a new TOEFL iBT or IELTS score unless more than six months have elapsed since their last TOEFL iBT or IELTS examination or the IEP exit battery.

Academic English for Freshmen (ENGL 100/0210)

 
Academic English for Freshmen (ENGL 100) is a non-credit, concurrent, conference-centered course in which classes meet four days a week for a total of 12 (in-class) instructional hours, in addition to weekly conferences with the teacher. A student who for any reason misses 10 days will be dropped from the course. A student who is dropped will be allowed to retake the course the following semester. Sessions are devoted to the comprehension and summary of university-level texts, the introduction to basic research tools, the writing of essays on science and humanities topics and remedial grammar, within the context of individual teacher- student conferences. Freshmen taking ENGL 100/0210 may enroll in no more than two academic courses with a maximum of 7 academic course credits. Any student who withdraws from ENGL 100/0210 must also withdraw from the two other academic courses.

For new students, placement in ENGL 100/0210 is determined by their score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL-iBT) For students enrolled in the Intensive English Program (IEP), placement in Academic English for Freshmen is determined by their score on the IEP exit test. All students who have been admitted into ENGL 100/0210 must satisfactorily complete the course work within a time period not to exceed two full semesters and a summer session. Students taking ENGL 100/0210 in summer may not enroll in any other academic course.

Graduate Programs

Graduate students who are otherwise qualified to enter the university but whose English does not meet the necessary level of proficiency, based on the applicant’s performance on the TOEFL iBT or IELTS, will be admitted to ELIN 120/0301 or 121/0302, or placed in the appropriate modules of ENGL 123-125/0310, 0311 and 0312.

Graduate students in the intensive ELIN 120/0301 and 121/ 0302 courses are allowed a maximum of two semesters and a summer to reach the level of Academic English for Graduates (see Academic English for Graduates in this section).

Intensive English for Graduates

The intensive program for graduate students offers ELIN 120/0301 (intermediate) and ELIN 121/0302 (advanced). Students are placed in one of the two levels according to their scores on the TOEFL iBT or IELTS. Students in these courses are not allowed to concurrently enroll in other AUC courses.

Content of Courses

Students are placed in sections normally composed of up to twelve students. Students are given a grammar review, extensive reading and writing practice, advanced vocabulary review, and practice in speaking and listening comprehension. Grading in this course is on a Pass/Fail system.

Attendance

Attendance and participation are considered so important to this intensive language program that a student who for any reason misses the equivalent of more than 21 class hours in any one semester will be asked to withdraw. Applicants for readmission may submit an iBT TOEFL or IELTS score. If their score is the intensive level, they will be allowed to return to ELIN 120/0301 or 121/0302. Students who are asked to withdraw but fail to do so will be suspended.

Suspension and Readmission

Graduate students suspended from ELIN 120/0301 or 121/0302 must petition for readmission and must meet all the admission requirements prevailing at the time of readmission. Readmission is not granted automatically. Students suspended from ELIN 120 or 121 who are readmitted to the university must score high enough on the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS for direct admission to Academic English for Graduates or higher, as they will not be allowed to return to ELIN 120/0301 or 121/0302.

Academic English for Graduates

Academic English for graduate students consists of three non-credit modules covering effective writing (ENGL 123/0310), academic reading (ENGL 124/0311), listening and speaking (ENGL 125/0312). Students who are taking all their required modules may take other courses at the same time, thus enabling them to apply what they are learning in these modules to what they will be expected to do in other graduate courses. Grading in these modules is on a Pass/Fail system.

ENGL 123/0310 meets for two hours two times a week, while the other two modules (ENGL 124/0311 and 125/0312) meet for two hours one time per week. Students who have part-time or full-time jobs are strongly advised not to attempt other undergraduate or graduate courses until they have completed their academic English requirements. Students enrolled in any of the modules are expected to spend at least three hours per week outside of class in preparation for each weekly class meeting of each module in which they are enrolled (e.g., a student enrolled in three modules should expect to spend at least 9 hours per week outside class plus eight hours per week in class).

Generally students taking the modules are limited to taking courses according to the formula below:

Required Academic         English modules Students may take
3 modules                          One undergraduate course
2 modules                          One undergraduate or one graduate course
1 module                            Two undergraduate or graduate courses

Any student who withdraws from a module must first withdraw from any non-ENGL courses. Students who fail any given module(s) may repeat the module(s) twice. Students who are repeating a given module will not be allowed to take concurrent courses without the written approval of the coordinator of Academic English for graduates. Students who fail the same module three times will be disqualified but may apply for readmission. Applicants for readmission must score high enough on the TOEFL iBT or IELTS to be exempt from English courses as they will not be allowed to return to ENGL 123-125/0310, 0311, 0312.

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