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 General Advanced English course introduces students to the English language and skills required in a university setting. It is specifically designed to help students develop competency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in an academic setting and to understand the importance of sociolinguistic aspects of the language. Whilst developing and improving all language areas, the course also promotes 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and digital and information literacy-key skills that are transferable to the academic world and the world of work.

 

Elements of this course are aligned with the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

Following on from LAN 100 General Advanced English, this course is designed to assist students to enhance the linguistic and communicative aspects of language. Students will be helped to develop critical thinking skills when engaging with the language, whether spoken or written, in order to improve their overall comprehension. Emphasis will be placed on differentiating fact from opinion, recognizing tone, making inferences and detecting author bias.

Particular attention will be given to targeted listening practice as well as overall speaking proficiency which will lead to the development and delivery of a persuasive oral presentation. For this project, students will be given the opportunity to collect, assess and synthesize material in order to deliver the presentation towards the end of term. All core skills incorporated in the course will assist students to better function in both their daily academic life as well as the future world of work.

 The language proficiency level is aligned with the B2+ level of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

This course is for students of architecture who need to develop specialised English language skills to function effectively in their field. Students will increase their knowledge of architecture-related terminology in English so they are able to express themselves with a growing clarity, fluency and spontaneity-traits that they will use in the academic context and that will serve as a catalyst for future use in their careers. Elements of this course are aligned with the B2+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

English for Biomedical Sciences is particularly designed to meet the English language needs of students studying in the Medical School and the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus. It is a three-hour per week, 5-credit course. LAN 103 is an English for Specific Academic Purposes course which focuses on enabling students to acquire and use the English language efficiently and fluently during their studies as well as in their professional work. The course focuses on the development of all language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) with particular emphasis on comprehending and producing scientific texts. Students will increase their knowledge of biology and medicine -related terminology in English so they are able to express themselves with a growing clarity, fluency and spontaneity-traits that they will use in the academic context and that will serve as a catalyst for future use in their careers.

Students also practice academic study skills (referencing, paraphrasing, summarising, note-taking, dictionary and soft skills/ 21st century skills (working in groups, critical thinking, digital and media literacy, problem solving, creativity, self-directed learning, evaluating sources, etc.).

The methodology that underlies the course is student-centred, blended learning focusing on activating language skills through cooperative and collaborative task-based work. 

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

This course is for undergraduate students of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering who need to develop specialised English language skills to function effectively in their field. The course integrates the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), with particular emphasis on comprehending and producing written material related to the field of engineering. Students will increase their knowledge of engineering – related terminology in English so they are able to express themselves with a growing clarity, fluency and spontaneity-traits that they will use in the academic context and that will serve as a catalyst for future use in their careers. Elements of this course are aligned with the B2+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent except for Law students. LAN 109 is specifically designed to meet the needs of university students studying in the field of Law. It is a three-hour per week, 5-credit, required degree level course that concentrates on the learning of English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP). The course aims to enable students to use the English language efficiently and fluently during their studies and later in the performance of their duties as qualified Lawyers. The knowledge of English is considered essential for a career in Law. This course intends to familiarize the students with relevant reading material such as extracts from law textbooks, legislation, case studies, reports, proposals and legal correspondence. This reading material will be used to acquaint the students with relevant writing styles. Furthermore, learners are expected to develop their listening comprehension and speaking fluency by taking an active part in discussions, attending legal lectures in English, delivering oral presentations etc. The learning outcomes, tasks and assessment of this course are aligned with the B2/B2+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent.

This course is for undergraduate students of the Department of Computer Science who need to develop specialised English language skills to function effectively in their field. The course integrates the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), with particular emphasis on comprehending, speaking and producing written material related to the field of computer science. Students will increase their knowledge of computer science – related terminology in English so they are able to express themselves with a growing clarity, fluency and spontaneity-traits that they will use in the academic context and that will serve as a catalyst for future use in their careers. Elements of this course are aligned with the B2+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

This Topics in Academic English course is designed for undergraduate students from all departments of the university. Whilst building and practicing more extensively the key skills and academic English language developed thus far in both LAN 100 General Advanced English and LAN 101 Academic English, this course will give opportunities to investigate and build specific 21st century skills in areas such as media literacy and global awareness.  


Traditional and digital media such as magazines, newspapers, television, film, social media and songs, alongside articles from academic journals will be exploited as source material in this course. In investigating these sources, students will be given ample opportunities to develop their integrated language skills and proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will also refine further their critical thinking and digital literacy skills when collaborating in the various tasks and assignments in this course.  


A carefully curated selection of instructional methodologies in this course are used such as Problem Based Learning (PBL)Self-Directed Learning (SDL), and Collaborative and Task Based Learning-approaches that promote critical thinking, effective problem solving and collaboration. 

These approaches also help students develop lifelong learning skills.  

Elements of this course are aligned with the B2+/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent.

This course aims to assist students in preparing for English language business related opportunities that they will face both at university and in the workplace. Students will develop business communication skills and strategies for speaking and writing in a clear, succinct manner. Emphasis will also be placed on improving reading and listening comprehension through exposure to a broad variety of contemporary business related topics. Additionally, students will enhance their speaking skills by giving business related oral presentations. 

 

Elements of this course are aligned with the B2+/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.

 

The purpose of this specialized advanced course it to encourage the practice of
the English language in a social, academic, and professional context. The
course focuses on readings such as the United Nations Human Development
Report and other topics based on authentic material as well as listening,
which serve as a catalyst for discussion and writing tasks, i.e. note-taking
and summary writing. The course is task-based aiming at achieving fluency and
developing concise and coherent text production; students will be 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
competency.

Elements of the CEFR descriptors (at the level of B2+ – C1) are covered
in the syllabus. 

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 that are 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 (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will be exercised.  The course will employ a mixture of task-based, skills-based methodologies and will encourage a hands-on approach via which learners will receive ample practice and opportunities, working both individually and in groups, to become familiar with and refine the real-life tasks and skills introduced in this course.  Upon successful completion of the activities involved and of the course assessment, learners will be expected to be well-equipped language- and skills-wise with regards to the respective workplace requirements.  

Elements of the CEFR descriptors (at the levels of C1-C2) are covered in the syllabus.

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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
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