The main aim of this programme is to help equip students with the skills required to succeed in academic and social settings. Students engage collaboratively in the completion of pedagogically and linguistically drove tasks in order to develop and enhance their knowledge of English in an academic context. Students, enrolled in the first level of English Language Studies (LAN 100), are expected to be approximately at the level of the Cambridge FCE Exam or at the B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
In addition to cases where the courses are compulsory by the various departments, all English language courses can also be taken as free electives, provided that the prerequisites (if any) are met.

Courses

This course is designed to guide students in building the required writing, vocabulary and grammar skills to function in an academic setting. Ongoing exposure to reading materials, as well as required vocabulary and grammar activities, assist students in enhancing their writing skills. Specific writing assignments guide students in understanding the academic writing process and academic writing conventions. Through close and critical reading of texts, students analyze ideas, question sources and communicate their thoughts in a clear and effective way. Students are also required to deliver an informative oral presentation. The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

In this course, students continue to develop their critical thinking and writing skills by working on extensive complete essays. They get acquainted with numerous elements of the argumentative essays, such as making claims, summarizing arguments, lending support, providing evidence and presenting counterarguments. The ongoing reading requirements also expose students to a variety of argumentative texts, which can assist them in composing their own essays. Academic vocabulary and grammar building, as well as listening and speaking, are also core components of the course which aim to further enhance student writing and oral skills.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

This course is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students specializing in the field of Architecture. It integrates the four skills with a concentration on comprehension and writing. The course intends to improve students’ understanding of texts by reading articles related to their field of study. Writing focuses on using concise and coherent wording. Also, students learn how to paraphrase, so as to avoid plagiarism. Further, introduction to communication skills equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare the oral presentation and enhance their oral proficiency in the target language, English. A further aim is to offer students a sufficient range of language related to the field, so that they are able to express themselves with clarity, fluency and spontaneity; traits that they will use in the academic context which will serve as a catalyst for future use in their careers.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students specializing in the fields of Biology and Medicine. It aims at enabling students to use the English language efficiently and fluently, during their academic studies and later in their professional lives. While the course, while integrating the four skills, the course primarily focuses on developing skills for reading and comprehending scientific texts, writing scientific texts, and speaking in public. The methodology that underlies the course is student-centered focusing on activating language skills through cooperative/collaborative task-based work. The course further aims to give participants the opportunity to extend and activate their technical vocabulary in English; to increase fluency and confidence in using English in professional contexts; and to enable participants to prioritize their own language learning needs with a view to continued English language development after the course.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

This course aims at improving students’ skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with particular emphasis on comprehending written material. Attention is also given to summary, process and memo writing, in addition to the expansion of engineering related vocabulary. In an attempt to cater to the specific needs of engineering students, class texts are taken from engineering and/or science magazines, so as to assist students in familiarizing themselves with real world materials. The ability to summarize and present information through PowerPoint presentations also contributes to the enhancement of comprehension and allows students to better cope with the vast array of English language engineering related literature. Particular focus is placed upon encouraging students to work collaboratively in order to achieve desired course outcomes and to facilitate knowledge building.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent except for Law students.

This course is particularly designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students specializing in the field of Law. It aims at enabling students to use the English language efficiently and fluently, during their academic studies and later in the performance of their duties as qualified lawyers. The course focuses on activating language skills, through cooperative task-based work delivering oral presentations, reading and writing legal documents (such as letters giving legal advice, legal memos, case notes, an argumentative essay etc.), developing academic study skills, listening and speaking about legal matters and extensive legal terminology practice. Academic integrity is also a key part of this course. There are discussions on plagiarism and students are offered ample opportunities to practice in dealing with different sources (finding appropriate sources, evaluating and properly quoting and referencing those). Students also become acquainted with paraphrasing and summarizing techniques.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

The course integrates the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) with a concentration on comprehension and writing. The course intends to improve students’ understanding by reading articles related to their field of study. Writing focuses on using concise and coherent wording. Also, students learn how to paraphrase in order to avoid plagiarism. This, in turn equips them with the necessary tools to prepare the oral presentation for the course. A further aim of the course is to offer students a sufficient range of language related to the field, so that they can express themselves with clarity, fluency and spontaneity; traits that they need to use in the academic context which can serve as a catalyst for future use in their careers.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

This course is thematically designed to develop students’ fluency and confidence in using English in an academic context, exploring various negotiated topics. Students continue to improve their integrated language skills and proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking At the same time, they are exposed to advanced vocabulary in the target language. They are encouraged to further hone their digital literacy skills and develop peer assessment skills, through various group and task-based activities, for example by identifying specific writing techniques, locating and discussing contradictory viewpoints in materials, and learning to appraise sources for suitability, bias, and propaganda. A variety of media is used as teaching material: books, songs, journals papers, newspapers and films as well as reliable online sources.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

By helping you become a more efficient speaker and writer, this course aims to prepare students for the challenges they will face both at University level and in their workplace. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on written and oral language as a way of improving communication. The instructor thus facilitates the students’ understanding of the theory behind good communication and looks for evidence of students first having understood the theory and second of being able to implement that theory. Students are anticipated to develop business writing in a clear, succinct manner, which can lead into producing clear and accurate business memos, CVs and cover letters. Finally, students can enhance their speaking skills by giving business oral presentations.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent except for European studies students.

This course is designed to improve communicative skills in English in an academic setting, through a combination of theory and practice. In order to develop proficiency in verbal communication, students complete a variety of activities, both individual and group, and are evaluated by their peers and their instructor according to task type. Course materials are drawn from an extensive selection of current printed matter, online resources, video and podcasts. One of the aims of this course is to encourage students to begin to recognize the parameters, within which their own culture operates, and understand the important role that intercultural skills play when engaging in public speaking activities.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

This course aims to encourage and support the practice of the English language, in the context of European and International relations, and at the same time to provide students with subject-specific knowledge through the medium of English. The course is task-oriented and addresses a number of thematic areas. Focus is particularly be placed on comprehension and production, as well as on inter-cultural skills. Possible themes include. The functioning of European and International institutions, European and Regional integration and political, economic and social cooperation, among others. This course offers students the opportunity to develop their communicative competence in the specific field of European and International Relations.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

This course is designed to encourage the practice of the English language in a social, academic, and professional context. The course focuses on advanced level readings, such as the United Nations Human Development Report and other topics based on authentic material, as well as listening, all of which serve as a catalyst for discussion and writing tasks, i.e. note-taking and summary writing. The course is task-based, aiming at students in achieving fluency and developing concise and coherent text production; students are required to work on a case study towards compiling a group opinion report and an individual podcast. Extensive vocabulary specific to Economics will be practiced throughout the course, in order to enhance students’ overall language competence.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

The course aims to better prepare learners for the workplace by introducing, developing and honing a set of transferable language-related skills, pivotal from the stage of looking for a job, to applying for one, to entering and practicing in the workplace. Using a wide range of authentic material, the four main linguistic skills are enhanced. The course employs a mixture of task-based, skills-based methodologies and encourages a hands-on approach. Students receive ample practice and opportunities, working both individually and in groups, to become familiar with and refine the real-life tasks and skills introduced. Upon successful completion of the activities involved and of the assessment, learners are expected to be well-equipped language- and skills-wise with regards to the respective workplace requirements.
The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the C1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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Language Centre – University of Cyprus
1 Panepistimiou Ave. 2109 Aglantzia, Nicosia
P.O. Box 20537, CY-1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

lcentre@ucy.ac.cy
+357 22 89 2901