The students learn to pronounce, read and write. They acquire their knowledge of fundamental grammatical structures and functions (e.g. sentence types, tenses, voice, parts of speech, word order, expressing possibility, obligation, necessity, prohibition, criticism; expressing preferences, making assumptions; asking for/ refusing/giving permission; making offers, suggestions, etc.) They acquire their fundamental vocabulary to fulfill the above mentioned functions in roles, topics and discussions.
- To provide material for the students to learn pronunciation of the English sounds, to learn to read, write, and to know the fundamentals of English grammar and vocabulary.
- To develop the students’ reading skills to enable them to skim an adapted text for main idea, to scan an adapted text for specific information, to interpret an adapted text for inferences.
- o develop the students’ writing skills to enable them to respond to input applying information to a specified task, to elicit, to select, to summarize information in essays (140-160 words).
Business English course starts during the first intensive course with the introduction of the students into the world of business.The students’ competence in this aspect is measured by their ability to demonstrate their communication skills in the key business areas of meetings, negotiations, telephoning and social English, as well as the ability to write memos, notes.
- Essay content and structure (patterns of organization, paragraphing, discussion – argument/counter-argument, advantages and disadvantages, topic sentence and supporting ideas, coherence and cohesion, punctuation).
- Functions (generalization, definitions, exemplification, classification, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, process and procedure, interpretation of data).
- Style (passive constructions, avoiding verbosity).
Writing, however, seems to be more cultural than instinctive. A young person who might have great facility with the spoken language must still be taught the abstract symbols of the language and some of the structure of the language (grammar) before the person can communicate well in writing.