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  • FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES

    Department of English and Language Studies

    GENERAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME

    General English General English and IELTS Preparation

  • STUDENT PROGRAMME HANDBOOK

    2013/2014 Map of Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Campus ............. 4

    Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University .......................................... 5

    Finding your way around the campus ................................................................................... 5 Lady Woottons Green ........................................................................................................... 5

    Your course .................................................................................................... 6

    Timetables .............................................................................................................................. 6 Example timetables................................................................................................................ 7 Levels and assessment criteria .............................................................................................. 8 Progression and changing your level ..................................................................................... 9 Changing your course dates ................................................................................................. 10 Attendance policy ................................................................................................................ 10 Tutorials ............................................................................................................................... 11 Mobile phones ..................................................................................................................... 11 Smoking, eating & drinking .................................................................................................. 11 Homework ............................................................................................................................ 11 Reports ................................................................................................................................. 11 Certificate of Attendance ..................................................................................................... 11 Security ................................................................................................................................ 11

    Learning outside the classroom ................................................................... 12

    Learning materials ............................................................................................................... 12 Dictionaries .......................................................................................................................... 12 Library .................................................................................................................................. 12 University Bookshop ............................................................................................................ 12 Computer Room ................................................................................................................... 12 E-mail & Computers ............................................................................................................. 12 CLIC Learn ............................................................................................................................. 12

    Examinations ............................................................................................... 13

    The IELTS Examination ......................................................................................................... 13 Other Examinations ............................................................................................................. 13

    University information to support your studies ........................................... 13

    International Student Advisor.............................................................................................. 13 Volunteering ........................................................................................................................ 14

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    i-zone .................................................................................................................................... 14 Student support ................................................................................................................... 14 Disabled students................................................................................................................. 15 Equality and diversity ........................................................................................................... 15 Students Union ................................................................................................................... 15 Future study and employment ............................................................................................ 15 Dealing with bullying and harassment ................................................................................. 15 Misconduct and disciplinary procedures ............................................................................. 16

    In the Event of a Fire General Evacuation Procedures ......... 16

    Have your say .............................................................................................. 17

    Student-Staff Liaison policy ................................................................................................. 17 Feedback at the beginning of the course ............................................................................ 17 End-of-course questionnaires .............................................................................................. 17 Comments and complaints .................................................................................................. 17

    Going Home? What can you do to continue learning English? ..................... 18

    Sample Student Report page 1 ..................................................................... 19

    Sample Student Report page 2 ..................................................................... 20

    Sample Student Tutorial form ...................................................................... 21

    Who to contact if you need help or advice about.. .................................... 22

    Student Charter Map of Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Campus

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    Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Christ Church University is renowned for academic excellence, a warm welcoming atmosphere and a strong community spirit. The University is modern and friendly and has a wide range of taught programmes. The main Campus is situated close to the city centre and is about 60 miles from London, with easy access to Paris, Amsterdam and the continent via Eurostar or ferry.

    Finding your way around the campus

    Key to Teaching Buildings and Levels

    BUILDINGS LEVELS ROOM NUMBERS

    E = ERASMUS g = ground floor 01-40 H = HEPWORTH f = first floor I = INVICTA s = second floor J = JOHNSON t = third floor L = LAUD M = MOORE O = OLD SESSIONS HOUSE N = NEWTON P = POWELL R = RAMSEY W = LADY WOOTTONS GREEN

    Lady Woottons Green Our dedicated English language teaching centre complete with students common room and computer facilities is located next to the main campus, giving students easy access to all the study, sports and leisure facilities of the University and right in the centre of the historic city of Canterbury.

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    Your course Courses available under the General English Programme are General English (21hrs) and General English with IELTS Preparation (21hrs).

    Timetables Morning classes focus mainly on English language structures and accuracy, including grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, with classes also focusing on putting your English skills to use, for example by giving presentations, writing blogs or investigating English-speaking cultures. Afternoon lessons are directed toward the separate language skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

    09:00 -11:00 CORE LANGUAGE lessons These lessons are coursebook-led classes that communicatively teach grammar points and practise them for accuracy. Your teacher for this class will also be your personal tutor and will be your first point of contact if you want to discuss your learning. You will be set homework every day in this lesson.

    11:30-12:30 TOPIC-BASED LANGUAGE lessons These lessons will develop your confidence by using your expanding English knowledge to produce work in all the skills and will include the use of technology and university provided facilities. The classes will cover many different topics: sometimes you may have a DVD, or work with newspapers. You might also work on a project, which means finding information yourself. You will also usually be asked to give a presentation, which is a short talk to the class on a topic. This class is usually with your second teacher. You may also have homework from this class.

    13:30-15:00 (14:00-15:30 Summertime) LANGUAGE SKILLS lessons These lessons focus on the individual language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will be mixing with students from other classes of a similar level, and may have a choice of topics if you are on the General English course. Topics taught in these classes are chosen by the teacher and students together, so you can ask your teacher what you would like to learn about. Examples in the past have included topics such as: Business English; Film and Media; Pronunciation; Everyday Situational English; Current Affairs; and Communication Games.

    If you are on the General English with IELTS preparation course the lessons will focus on the four separate exam sections providing both preparation in exam skills and exam practice.

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    Example timetables Intensive General English (21hrs) and General English with IELTS preparation (21hrs) are shown below:

    General English example timetable - Intensive 21 hrs Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    09:00 Integrated language skills with coursebook 11:00

    Break 11:30 Language skills in use 12:30 e.g. presentations, social diaries, blogs and English-speaking cultures

    Lunch 13:30 Vocabulary

    and reading Grammar and writing

    Listening to media

    Conversation/pronunciation

    self-study session 15:00

    General English with IELTS Preparation example timetable - Intensive 21 hrs Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    09:00 Integrated language skills with coursebook 11:00

    Break 11:30 Language skills in use 12:30 e.g. presentations, social diaries, blogs and English-speaking cultures

    Lunch 13:30 IELTS reading

    Preparation IELTS writing Preparation

    IELTS listening Preparation

    IELTS speaking Preparation

    self-study session 15:00

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    Levels and assessment criteria When you arrive, you will take a placement test and be put into a class with other students of the same level of English. The level for each class depends on students overall English ability, as described below:

    Level Council of

    Europe Framework

    Assessment criteria

    Generally handles complex language well, and understands detailed reasoning.

    Can organise information and idea logically in speaking and in writing, spontaneously and precisely, using language flexibly and effectively for a wide range of purposes.

    Can understand and summarise information from a wide variety of English, including both colloquial language and abstract discussions. Can recognise implicit meaning, and interpret critically relatively demanding material

    Advanced C

    Has generally effective command of English, coping with overall meaning and some complex language in most situations. Arranges information and ideas coherently, and has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss both concrete and abstract topics at length and to make meaning clear. Uses a mix of simple and complex structures, rarely producing mistakes which lead to misunderstanding. Pronunciation is clearly intelligible, even if a foreign accent is sometimes evident.

    Can understand the main ideas of complex speech and written texts, even on abstract topics, including technical discussions in his / her field of expertise.

    Upper intermediate

    B2

    Can sustain a conversation competently on familiar topics, and convey basic meaning on unfamiliar topics. Can describe experiences and events, and briefly explain plans and opinions. Pronunciation is generally clear enough to be understood. Can produce connected texts with some organisation, using a limited range of vocabulary and some attempts at complex sentences. Errors occur, but it is generally clear what he / she is trying to express.

    Can understand the main points of spoken and written language regularly encountered at work, school, leisure etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where English is spoken.

    Intermediate B1

    Can convey personal information, and communicate in routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange on familiar matters. Can describe aspects of his / her background and environment, and needs of a concrete kind. Shows some control of word formation and spelling.

    Can understand straightforward factual information about common everyday or job related topics, identifying both the general message and specific details, provided speech is clearly articulated in a familiar accent. Is able to grasp the gist of a simple text, and to answer questions on the content.

    Pre-intermediate A2

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    Progression and changing your level During your stay, if your class level stays the same, this does not mean that you are not making progress! Within each level, students who work hard and practise always improve their English. Students make progress at different rates depending on their motivation, attendance and effort in class, and general attitude towards their studies inside and outside of the classroom. There is no time-scale to mark progress so you will not automatically move up a level after a certain time spent at one level.

    If you feel that you should move into a different class level, please look at the following flow-chart which describes the procedure for changing class level.

    Speak to your tutor - after a discussion and if your tutor

    agrees with you...

    you will be invited to an appointment

    with the Programme Director

    The PD will set you some language tasks to help to determine whether you

    are at a higher level than your current class

    The tasks may include extra written work, a

    grammar test and 100% effort and attendance for

    a week

    If the tasks are successfully

    completed you may be placed in a new

    class

    Speak to your tutor - after a discussion and if yo...

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