Course Description

THE PRE-PROFESSIONAL YEAR 1 (FIRST SEMESTER)

ENGL 101 - ENGLISH COMMUNICATION SKILLS I
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 1 (5 credits)
Oral Skills Lab: (5 hrs/week)
Writing 1: Elementary Composition (2 hrs/week)
Supplementary Reading and Discussion: (3 hrs/week)

Course Description

This is a four-month course in communication skills designed for students in their first semester of the Pre-Professional Program. It emphasizes the development of general listening and speaking skills essential for daily communication tasks inside and outside the classroom. It also introduces students to elementary composition techniques, and provides them with regular reading practice from a variety of sources such as graded readers and passages selected from original articles published in a variety of periodicals and newspapers. The course is divided into three components: an Oral Skills Lab, Supplementary Reading and Discussion Sessions, and Writing Workshops. The approach is multi-skilled; all four language skills are developed systematically and new vocabulary is integrated into thematically arranged units. Oral discussion sessions are a fundamental part of the Skills Lab and Supplementary Reading components, and student critiquing is an important part of the Writing Workshops.

 

ENGL 102 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE STRUCTURES & DRILLS I
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 1 (4 credits) - (5 hrs/week)

Course Description

This course is the first half of the Intermediate Language Structures and Drills sequence. It provides students with an overview of the English tense system in the active voice, and introduces them to basic patterns of sentence structure. It begins with a review of the simple and progressive tenses (present and past) and future forms with will and be going to, and then introduces the present perfect, present perfect progressive and past perfect forms. It also provides a review of direct question formation and simple noun phrase construction. Students are given practice in recognizing the basic clausal patterns of English and expanding sentence skeletons with modifying adjectives and adverbials. Throughout the course, grammatical structures are presented through an active oral approach and reinforced through extensive drill practice, guided conversation exercises and daily written homework assignments.

 

ENGL 103 - ENGLISH ACADEMIC READING AND VOCABULARY I
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 1 (5 credits)

Course Description

This course is the first half of the Intermediate Academic Reading and Vocabulary sequence. It emphasizes the development of reading and critical thinking skills essential for academic studies at the university level. Vocabulary development is also stressed throughout the course. Glossary lists are used along with the reading passages in the core textbooks and students are taught word building strategies. They are also taught how to infer the meaning of unknown words from context and are encouraged to use an English-English dictionary. Reading skills are reinforced through regular in-class activities and regular homework assignments.

 

ARBC 101 - ARABIC LANGUAGE SKILLS

Course Length: 15 Weeks each
Semester: 1 (2 Credits)

Course Description

This Arabic language course introduces the students to the skills of communication, which include listening, speaking and reading. The course also aims at introducing the basic skills for learning syntax, including the parts of speech such as the verb, noun and article, their forms and roles in speech. The course also covers syntactic analysis, including the dual, plural and verb conjugations. It also introduces Arabic dictionaries, their origin, kinds and how to use them.

 

ISLM 101 - ISLAMIC CULTURE

Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 1 (2 Credits)

Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of Islamic culture, and presents fundamental and modern perspectives based on the Quran and Sunnah. It teaches the students that Islamic culture can fulfill their needs and can provide them with a comprehensive approach to life. It aims at protecting them from cultural invasion and devious and destructive thoughts that can undermine the cultural and intellectual structure of their Islamic society in the Kingdom. It also aims at inculcating a sense of belonging to the Islamic culture. The students are taught that Islamic culture is part of their faith, and as Muslims they should be proud of the high values of their religion.

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