BEL 120 - Consolidating English Language Skills / diploma level, core / 3 credits
 
Description of the Course
 
This course is designed to raise the English language proficiency of students to the intermediate level. The course aims to achieve this through an integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening skills, with appropriate consideration to grammar, using a variety of materials.
 
  
Objectives of the Course
 
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
 
Comprehend passages and articles on general topics.
 
Write grammatically correct sentences.
 
Write well-organized essays.
 
Listen to and understand a variety of texts.
 
Communicate effectively in social interactions and group discussions.
 
 
BEL 120 Course Materials  Intellectual Property Reserved
 
BEL 120 Course Related Forms
 
Course form in doc - Confidential student profile
 
Course form in xls - Group based full score sheet
 
Course form in pdf - Study skills extra credit component
 
Course from in xls - Study skills extra credit submission record
 
BEL 120 Supporting Materials and Exercises
 
A (very) short history of the English Language in pdf
 
End of semester review and overview of the course in ppt   
 
Film study of 'Dead Poet's Society' (DPS) in pdf
 
'Poetry of Life' extension component of DPS in pdf
 
BEL 120 Unstructured Gap Fill (Pair/Group) Tasks
 
Grammar exercise #01 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #02 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #03 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #04 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #05 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #06 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #07 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #08 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #09 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #10 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #11 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #12 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #13 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #14 in pdf
 
Grammar exercise #15 in pdf
 
 
* To contact the Course Tutor, please click on the e-Learning tab, and fill in the flash form at the bottom of the page.

BEL 300 - English for Occupational Purposes / diploma level, core / 3 credits / *Defunct*
 
Description of the Course
 
English for Occupational-Professional Purposes is designed for students who have completed their Mainstream Englishes. This course focuses on interactions in job-related situations ranging from general to less-formal to specific and formal ones. Tasks and activities suggested for each situation are also discipline based. This course enables students to use the English language appropriately, accurately and effectively in the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
 
Towards this end, prospective students are taken through the preparatory stages of various situations or topics to the actual performance of the tasks involved. Fundamental to the approach is the underlying principle that students need to be aware of certain organizational structures of text in order to be able to complete the tasks assigned to them successfully and also effectively. Thus, the course primarily focuses on the process of learning to become a professional communicator rather than merely gauging the end product.
 
  
Objectives of the Course
 
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
 
Use the English language in a wide range of less-formal job-related situations (e.g. handling enquiries about products and services, talking about one's job responsibilites) to more formal job-related situations (e.g. data collection and verification, presenting job-related information, discussing job-related issues as well as describing and explaining processes and work related procedures).
 
Upgrade their level of proficiency in the four key language skills so that they can interact in the workplace and outside of it, gather and present job-related information effectively, participate in discussions effectively, describe and explain processes and procedures effectively.
 
Apply the various skills involved in data collection and in the presentation of job-related information to the general public and also in the workplace.
 
Apply the norms of communication required for interactions in less-formal job-related situations and discussions in formal job-related situations.
 
Develop the ability to understand and use the preferred norms of complaining, requesting, negotiating and discussing, for example to unsure effective communication with others in the contemporary labour market and to reduce or even eradicate any potential misunderstandings of the speaker's intentions.
 
Apply the skills required for job-related discussions, descriptions and explanations on all possible processes and procedures as related to one's job scope.
 
Follow all the sequences involved in the preparatory stage(s) of work/professionally related situations and topics before performing the final task and be able to critically evaluate the end product. 
 
 
BEL 300 Course Materials  Intellectual Property Reserved
 
BEL 300 Course Related Forms
 
Course form in doc - Confidential student profile
 
Course form in xls - Group based full score sheet
 
Course form in pdf - Study skills extra credit component
 
Course form in xls - Study skills extra credit submission record
 
 
* To contact the Course Tutor, please click on the e-Learning tab, and fill in the flash form at the bottom of the page.

BEL 311 - English for Academic Purposes / diploma level, core / 3 credits
 
Description of the Course
 
This course is aimed at preparing students to meet the demands of their respective disciplines. This is achieved by training students to employ the language skills and strategies necessary to carry out their academic tasks.
 
  
Objectives of the Course
 
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
 
Comprehend academic text
 
Write a text of an academic nature
 
Listen and take notes accurately
 
Communicate effectively during group discussions
 
 
Assessment Regime for BEL 311
 
On-going Assessments: 60%
 
Term paper (approximately 500 words) = 40%
Group Discussion = 20%
 
Final Examination: 40%
Reading = 20%
Writing = 20%
 
 
BEL 311 Course Materials  Intellectual Property Reserved
 
BEL 311 Course Related Forms
 
Course form in pdf - Confidential student profile
 
Course form in xls - Extra 'top-up' credit claim form
 
BEL 311 Course Related Learning Tasks
 
Extended take-home work in pdf - Mid-semester break assignment(s)
 
 
* To contact the Course Tutor, please click on the e-Learning tab, and fill in the flash form at the bottom of the page.

BEL 312 - English for Occupational-Professional Purposes / diploma level, core / 3 credits
 
Description of the Course
 
English for Occupational-Professional Purposes is designed to develop students' ability to use English with greater confidence and fluency in a range of job-related situations. Tasks and activities suggested for each situation are discipline-based with emphasis on the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
 
  
Objectives of the Course
 
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
 
Communicate effectively in job-related situations
 
Gather and present job-related information effectively
 
Participate effectively in business and work-related discussions
 
Describe and explain processes and procedures accurately and professionally
 
 
Assessment Regime for BEL 312
 
On-going Assessments: 100%
 
Assessment 1
Presentation = 20%
 
'Interaction in the workplace', individual
 
Assessment 2
Role play = 20% 
 
'Introduction to an organization', group
 
Assessment 3
Presentation = 20%
 
'Handling job related situations', individual
 
Assessment 4
Proposal/report = 20%
Presentation = 10%
 
'Presenting job-related information', pairs
 
Assessment 5
Attendance, participation, deadlines = 10%
 
 
BEL 312 Course Materials  Intellectual Property Reserved
 
BEL 312 Course Related Forms
 
Course form in pdf - Confidential student profile form
 
Course form in pdf - Exam/test performance appraisal form
 
Course form in xls - Extra non-compulsory 'top-up' credit claim
 
BEL 312 Course Related Learning Tasks
 
Extended take-home work in pdf - Mid-semester break assignment(s)
 
 
* To contact the Course Tutor, please click on the e-Learning tab, and fill in the flash form at the bottom of the page.

BEL 313 - Introduction to Critical Thinking / diploma level, core / 3 credits
 
Description of the Course
 
This course is designed to develop students’ ability to think clearly, logically and critically in a wide range of situations. It focuses on the basics of critical thinking and the key elements of argument. They will be taught how to evaluate information, establish facts, make assumptions and inference, form opinions and develop arguments.
 
  
Objectives of the Course
 
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
 
Identify basic concepts and terminology in critical thinking
 
Recognise elements of language in texts that shape thought
 
Evaluate the strength and validity of arguments
 
Develop balanced arguments and clear counter arguments
 
 
Assessment Regime for BEL 313
 
On-going Assessments: 100%
 
Assessment 1
Argument mapping = 20%
 
Mapping contentions/claims with support/reason or objection/opposition, pair work
 
Assessment 2
Arguments and counter-arguments = 20% 
 
Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of written texts, individual
 
Assessment 3
Forum = 20%
 
Presentation of ideas that have been critically thought about, group
 
Assessment 4
Common test = 30%
 
Test on all the key aspects of the course, individual and timed
 
Assessment 5
Attendance, participation, deadlines = 10%
 
 
BEL 313 Course Materials  Intellectual Property Reserved
 
BEL 313 Course Related Forms
 
Course form in pdf - Confidential student profile form
 
BEL 313 Course Related Reinforcement Offprints
 
Offprint 01 in pdf - Understanding simple arguments
 
Offprint 02 in pdf - Mapping arguments from written texts
 
Offprint 03 in pdf - 'Temporariness' by Kristina Dryza (2006)
 
Offprint 04 in pdf - 'Forecasts for the next 20 years' from USA Today (2008)
 
Offprint 05 in pdf - Practical example on how to critique fallacious arguments
 
Offprint 06 in pdf - Explanation about the Critical Thinking Forum (assessment)
 
Document 07 in pdf - Looking behind, moving forward (course overview and closing)
 
 
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Albert Einstein
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