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English Language Course

Objective

The Madrasa graduates have highly developed mind and sharp intellect.They are also trained in communication skills both written and spoken but in Urdu or Arabic only. In fact they are recognised as outstanding orators and debaters. Madrasa curriculum inculcates art of public speaking in its student from the very beginning keeping in mind their role as religious preachers and sermon givers to Friday congregations. Madrasa system is known to have produced renowned speakers in public domain as well as parliament. However they remain incommunicado with the modern society and general masses for want of proficiency in English language.

They need English language course compatible with their special aptitude and talent. In Madrasa curriculum Arabic language is taught based on grammatical structure and word syntax. This enables deeper understanding of sentence structure, word origin and multiplication of vocabulary by compounding root words and addition of prefixes and suffixes. Also bilingual translation is a good tool for them to which their mind is already adept. With the theoretical comprehension of complex sentence structure and deeper understanding of word origin and its syntax, modern audio visual techniques are employed to provide practical training in natural environment which is the natural process of language learning. It may produce extraordinary result within very short period of time.

The Course gradually progresses from stage 1 to stage 4. After completion the student would be at par with any pre graduation level student of English in terms of communication or professional or academic competence.

The four stages of the course:

  1. The Basic English Course (duration 2 months)
  2. The Intermediate English Course (duration 3 months)
  3. Advanced English Course (duration 3 months)
  4. pre Graduation level University examination and TOEFL (duration 4months)

1-The Basic English Course (duration 2 months)

Target:

This course is designed for students assumed to have no knowledge of the language. After completion,vocabulary level of 1000 words with simple sentence formation ability will enable to read, comprehend, translate and give simple answer in English to questions based on text passages or conversation excerpts. At the end of this course the student is able to move around confidently and communicate at home or social situations at a basic level.

Course content:

Conversation:

Particular attention is given to pronunciation and sentence construction so, as the student begins to learn the language he is able to communicate correctly, to understand as well as be understood.

Translation

Conversational model based on listening and repeating words and patterns relating to particular situation or circumstance is the natural process of learning for a child whose memory function is on active mode rather than the ability to logically understand a formula and apply. Therefore adults with complete understanding of one language benefit more in terms of effort and time from the bi-lingual model. However conversational model is must for fluency. Therefore the course combines both the model for faster and deeper learning and translation is used for quicker and correct understanding. Dictation: English spelling is not phonetically based and poses quite a challenge to its learner.

Grammar

Learning a language is easier if one is perfect with basic Grammar skills. It gives a good command over English speaking skills. The basic level Grammar covers following topics: 1. Noun 2. Pronoun 3. Verb 4. Tenses 5. Preposition 6. Adjective 7. Punctuation Marks The Grammar component reinforces the content of the conversation classes. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tenses, differences in structures between the two languages, and development of writing skills.

Vocabulary

Limited vocabulary of 1000 words, sufficient to communicate all ideas, will form the basic structure of all conversation, text and translation module stressing upon correct use and understanding of grammatical structure and word meaning intensively rather than expanding on a weaker base which enables them to communicate with much fluency and confidence. Delivery module: smart class; audio visual; classroom teaching; interactive group discussion; need based individual tutoring.

2-The Intermediate English Course (duration 3 months)

Target:

This course is for the student who has successfully completed the Basic Level Course. This course is also divided into Conversation, Grammar and Vocabulary.

Conversation

Particular attention is given to pronunciation and sentence construction so that the student is able to speak using proper idiomatic expressions that will allow correct communicating and fluency. The student is encouraged to speak constantly in English, so at the end of the course there is success and contentment.

Grammar

The Grammar component reinforces the content of the conversation classes. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tenses, differences in structures between the two languages, and writing skills are developed. The topics Covered are: 1. Sentences 2. Types of Sentences 3. Types of Noun 4. Pronoun 5. Auxiliary verb 6.Tenses 7. Active Voice & Passive Voice 8. Preposition 9. Conjunction 10. Adjective 11. Punctuation Marks

Vocabulary

This is intended for students who have completed a Basic course and can understand simple communications and instructions. The course follows the same structure as the Basic, but includes the use of idioms, phrasal verbs and higher level Vocabulary, Translation and Comprehension skills.

3-Advanced English Course (duration 3 months)

After having successfully completed the Intermediate Level, Advanced level course is offered focusing on Conversation, Translation and Writing in professional, academic and business environment, Grammar and vocabulary.

Conversation

Particular attention is given to pronunciation and sentence construction so that the student is able to speak using proper idiomatic expressions that will allow correct communicating and fluency. The student is encouraged to speak constantly in English, to adopt English as the medium of instruction in his academic and professional pursuit and hold Discussion and debates on Topics and Situations. Telephone skills, business etiquette and deportment, cultural and social necessities are also included in the course.

Translation

Students translate passages from English to Urdu/Arabic and vice versa leading to a professionally qualified translator and interpreter meeting the global requirements of (DAWAH) preaching, publication and business.

Writing skill

This is designed for students with a working knowledge of English and provides the writing skills that are necessary for writing articles, reports, stories and presentation. Business Writing component involves drafting letters, memos, reports, proposals, faxes, and e-mails.

Grammar

The Grammar component lays emphasis on common mistakes in sentence formation, complex use of tense, conditional clauses, Direct and indirect speech, Subject verb agreement, proper use of tenses, sequencing of tenses, use of preposition, use of the definite article, phrasal verbs, passive voice, sentence construction and word order in English

Vocabulary

Use of idioms; colloquialism Word with multiple meanings 9 Vocabulary building through study of word origin and etymological roots and thesaurus. Vocabulary peculiar to situations, subjects and profession e.g. business, medical,theological, Engineering, science, sports, agriculture, distance, time. Formal and informal English, Language of notices and warnings, Difference between British and American English.

4-Pre Graduation level University examination and TOEFL (duration 4 months)

The specially designed course having developed communication and instructional medium skill would aim to train and prepare each student: A-To pass intermediate level exam in English language conducted by universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU. This would open up possibilities of switch over to main stream higher education.

B-To qualify internationally recognised TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language). It would ensure that the student learns standard language and he would be able to use and understand English in an academic setup. It would also open doors of many English speaking colleges, universities and institutions worldwide.

TOEFL consists of four sections, each measuring one of the basic language skills focusing on language used in an academic, higher-education environment.

Reading

The Reading section consists of passages on academic topics; they are the kind of material that might be found in an undergraduate university textbook. Students answer questions about main ideas, details, inferences, essential information, sentence insertion, vocabulary, rhetorical purpose and overall ideas. Prior knowledge of the subject under discussion is not necessary to come to the correct answer.

Listening

The Listening section consists of passages of conversation between two speakers, or an academic lecture, followed by questions which are meant to measure the ability to understand main ideas, important details, implications, relationships between ideas, organization of information, speaker purpose and speaker attitude and does not assume specialized background knowledge in the subject.

Speaking

The Speaking section evaluates the ability to speak spontaneously and convey ideas and information clearly and coherently from the reading and listening material.

Writing

The Writing section measures ability to write in an academic setting. Testtakers read a passage on an academic topic and then listen to a speaker discuss the same topic. They will then write a summary about the important points in the listening passage and explain how these relate to the text passage. They have to also write an essay that states, explains, and supports their opinion on an issue.