ENGLISH PREPARATORY PROGRAM
ŞEHİR School of Languages English Preparatory Program (SEPP) aims to provide its students with the skills of written and spoken communication and of understanding what they read and listen in English, which they will assist them in their academic studies. In addition, among the objectives of SEPP are helping students improve their skills of conducting individual and group researches, of assessing their personal abilities, of critical thought, active listening and studying.
SEPP implements a modular system comprising five levels each of which lasts seven weeks: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Pre-Faculty. In the Elementary and Pre-Intermediate courses, students learn general English, and in the following courses they learn theme based Academic English. Assessment and evaluation system is also prepared in coordination with our education system, with a “process” based approach. According to this system, students will be evaluated based on their active participation in classes, the assignments they prepare actively using the electronic sources at the library and on the internet, the oral presentations they make and the in-class discussions.
ENGLISH PLACEMENT EXAM
After their enrollment, ŞEHİR students will be given a placement exam in order to determine the level in which they will continue at the English Preparatory Program. In this exam, they will be tested on grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening and writing. The exam will last 60 minutes.
LEVELs at the ŞEHİR EnglIsh Preparatory Program
If the student has no or minor knowledge of English, he/she is placed in the first level. At this level, the aim is to help student learn to use vocabulary and grammar, as well as improving their ability to understand what they read and listen. In addition to this, they also lay the foundations of their paragraph-writing and speech-giving skills. As a first step, they will be expected to prepare video projects to improve their in-class presentation skills. In order to successfully complete the first level, students are required to keep a folder of their written work, record the new vocabulary in a meaningful way every day, use the cameras on their laptop computers and record their speeches, read minimum two books from the library matching their level and actively participate in classes. During the 7-week-module, three quizzes and 1 midterm is applied. At the end of the module, students take a module completion exam where the objectives of the entire level are assessed. With the weighted evaluation of all these assessments and evaluations, your success will be determined as a letter grade. If students receive an A, B or C grade at the end of these exams, they can pass to the next level.
At this level, studens will improve their ability to use language for communication, their reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. In order to successfully complete this level, they are required to be able to organize their thoughts into one written paragraph, make presentations using technology and participate in discussion groups. At the end of this module, along with various process evaluations, students will be given small quizzes, one midterm exam and one module completion exam.
At this level, students begin to learn academic English. The intermediate level aims for them to acquire the skills of listening and note-taking, paper writing, reading and understanding an academic text, making presentations and actively participating in discussion, all of which will be used in their academic life. At this level, they receive an education which will enable them to actively use internet and library resources, access and read academic articles, make presentations and do research. At the end of the intermediate level, along with the evaluation of the process in writing and speaking, students take small quizzes, one midterm exam and one level completion exam so that they can go on an upper level.
The upper-intermediate level aims exclusively to improve reading, listening and writing skills. At this level where students receive the information and skills which will make their academic life easier, the classes will be conducted on a theme basis. Every week, readings are done and listening and note-taking activities are held on the basis of two themes; grammar topics are touched upon in relation to these themes and students are expected to write articles of 350+ words. Again at this level, it is important for students to acquire a critical approach. When the upper-intermediate level is reached, this skill, handled progressively in the previous levels, becomes more active with the contents of the reading and listening texts. Students are required to listen to a speech, read articles approaching the same issue in the speech from different angles, examine and discuss the both perspectives and write an article dealing with both views critically. At this level, the evaluation will be made with a letter grade determined by the weighted average of the articles that the students will write using library and electronic resources and showing your references, a presentation they will make in the class, a group discussion in which they will actively participate, one midterm exam and one module completion exam.
Faculty Preparation Level
This level has two functions. One of them is to prepare students for IELTS. The second is to help students achieve the skills necessary for academic life, such as doing research, answering to the various types of questions which they will be asked in the exams during their undergraduate studies, listening to classes and taking notes, preparing academic projects. Upon successful completion of the faculty preparation level, students are able to take the IELTS.
English Proficiency Exam: IELTS
The English proficiency exam at ŞEHİR is the IELTS. Reading, listening, writing and speaking skills will be tested in this Exam. The application and evaluation of the test will be handled by professionals from the British Council.
At ŞEHİR, IELTS’s academic module will be applied. Differently from the general English module, the reading and writing topics of the academic module consist of academic topics. The speaking skills are tested face to face by a certified professional. For detailed information on the IELTS format and question types, you may visit the address http://www.ielts.org.
Since the IELTS is not an exam like ÖSS, it is not sufficient to prepare specifically for this test. In contrast, students are required to on all language skills. ŞEHİR School of Languages Preparatory Program is not a program preparing you for the IELTS. By actively participating in the classes and spending time and effort to learn English, student will also be prepared for the IELTS. Only at the last level of Faculty Preparation will they become familiar with the question types which they will come across at the IELTS.
In the Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels, there will be 25 hours of class per week; at the Upper-Intermediate and Faculty Preparation levels, this will be 20 hours. Apart from the course hours, students have minimum 15 minutes one-to-one study a week with one of their instructors. Within this time limit, students are able to ask the questions they have in mind but could not ask in the class and take feedback about a paragraph and an article they have written. Students are also informed about their English Language progress, in-class participation and progress evaluation grades within this time limit. The classes begin at 9 am. There is no class in the after noon of one day of the week so that students can listen to the speakers who will be invited to the university and can attend the social activities at the University. In this vein, there will be no classes in the afternoon of that day in the School of Languages.
Attendance Requirements/ Class Participation and medıcaL report
The students are required to attend at least 90% of the classes in English Preparatory Program. Medical reports are not discounted from the student’s inattendance to the courses. However, students who cannot take the exams due to illness and proves this situation by a medical report are given a make-up exam. In addition, students are expected to actively participate in classes, to turn in the given assignments and projects on time and complete, and to speak English during class hours. Active participation of students are measured and evaluated every week.
In addition to the in-class support, instructors give academic support to the students during the Office hours two or three days a week. Office hours of the instructors are announced in the first week of the courses. Students can see the instructors by appointments. When required, instructors can organize their meeting hours and planning.
All students in English Preparatory Program has an academic advisor in their departments. Advisors follow the academic development of students starting from the English Preparatory Program. Students are recommended to meet their Academic advisors first thing when they come to ŞEHİR and inform their advisors about their English Language progress from time to time.
Assignments and Projects
At the English Preparatory Program, students are expected to do assignments and prepare projects, other than participation in class activities. Students should not forget that these assignments and projects are also part of the courses. In some situations, the flow of the class may depend on your doing the assignments. For this reason please pay attention to do the assignments fully and on time.
Students are expected to pay great attention not to use the knowledge and ideas produced by others without citing the resources in their assignments and projects. In cases where a disregard for academic ethics regulations is determined, different sanctions may be applied, such as the loss of the grade or the repetition of the same level.
Assessment and Evaluation System
At each level, despite minor differences, the assessment and evaluation system is similar. In a seven week module, students are given at least two quizzes, one level completion exam and course participation grade. In addition, students are evaluated through writing assignments and oral presentation skills.
In the beginning of each level, the instructor gives the students detailed information on the syllabus and evaluation system. The assessment criteria used for each evaluation will be uploaded to LMS.