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General English 101 ENG

 

This is an elementary level requisite English course for undergraduate students in the colleges of arts, education, administrative sciences, and agriculture. It covers several language skills and components i.e. grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, speaking, spelling and writing. At the end of the course, students should acquire basic grammatical rules, conduct a brief conversation, and acquire a large number of new vocabulary items.  Each week, the instructor presents an independent unit that covers some language skills such as reading, vocabulary, grammar, listening and speaking.

 

Credit hours: three hours

 

Textbook:

Enterprise for beginners (course book and workbook) by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley, Express publishing, London, 2000.

 

 

Assessment:

2 in-terms (each is out of 25), and a final exam out of 50.

 

Grammar:

Presentation of basic grammatical rules such as:

The use of a/ an, prepositions of place, prepositions of time, plural vs. singular, verb (to be), the verb (have-has got), the verb (can- to express ability and polite requests), there construction, demonstrative pronouns, possessive case, possessive adjectives and pronouns, personal pronouns, simple past, simple present, adverbs of frequency, present continuous, irregular verbs, the verbs (had-could), countable vs. uncountable nouns, adjectives, adverbs, negation, Yes/no questions, WH questions, comparative and superlative constructions.

 

Vocabulary:

·  Items related to the topic of each unit e.g. countries, nationalities, people's appearances, colours, furniture, family relations, free- time activities, days of the week, months, daily routines, telling the time, weather conditions, clothes, food, abilities, feelings and reactions, towns and cities.

·  The vocabulary items are presented in meaningful contexts.

·  The presentation of lexical relations such as synonymy, antonymy, and hyponymy; connotation and denotation; and idiomatic expressions.

 

Reading:

·      Skimming and scanning.

 

Communication:

·      Students should acquire oral communication skills.

·      They should be able to conduct a brief real- life conversation such as introducing people, greetings, offering, requesting, ordering meals, talking about themselves, and asking questions such as asking about the weather, telling the time, asking for information.

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