Intensive English Programme Description

The Intensive English Programme is offered by the Language Centre which is located in Beirut Campus. This programme was established to satisfy the needs of English language proficiency due to the alteration of the medium of instruction to English and due to the requirements of the job market. Thus, it fulfills the essential role of equipping university students as well as external students, in all programs and at all levels, with the various language communication proficiency skills and with cultural awareness for coping with contemporary issues in the global community. The Intensive English Program helps students meet the varying academic and cultural needs associated with pursuing any major at the university. Students will learn an appropriate mix of academic, as well as functional English, whilst integrating skills to support learning and growth.

The program is divided into 5 levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference CEFR. It employs traditional, blended and online teaching/learning techniques to help students master the English Language. Projects, including speeches and presentations, are a part of all levels.

  • Level 1/INTE 100-101: Students are introduced to the English language and the focus is on everyday use.
  • Level 2/INTE 102: Students continue to focus on the fundamentals in social English and apply what they learn to daily conversation.
  • Level 3/INTE 103: Students work on strengthening written and conversational skills in an academic setting through reading and listening.
  • Level 4/INTEA 104: The focus of the class shifts towards advanced academic content based on the skills of reading and writing.

Intensive English Programme Description

The Intensive English Program is designed to support students who, based on their performance on the English Language Entrance Exam/Placement Test, need to improve their English language skills to the level required to study at university and meet the needs of the workplace. Students are introduced to activities requiring them to obtain a working ability to:

  • Listen to spoken English, understand intended meaning and respond appropriately.
  • Speak in English on a diversity of topics in a way that is intelligible to the listener.
  • Read, comprehend and apply one’s own thinking to a wide range of English texts.
  • Write both narrative and expository papers which fit the intended purpose and audience.
  • Increase both receptive and productive knowledge of English vocabulary.
  • Use appropriate and generally correct grammar, spelling and punctuation when communicating in English.
  • Analyze new information and communicate ideas in a clear and logical manner in oral presentation.
  • Use word-processing programs, language learning software, the Internet and computer skills to develop language proficiency.

Intensive English Programme ILOs

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand long complex texts and extended speech
  • Distinguish various grammatical structures and organisational patterns
  • Recognise and comprehend content-based lexis and derive implicit meaning

Intellectual Skills

  • Analyse and interpret information in audio/printed material
  • Select, analyse, summarise, synthesise, evaluate and draw conclusions based on audio/printed material

Practical Skills

  • Produce clear detailed texts and reports on various topics
  • Apply the different grammatical structures and organisational patterns
  • Demonstrate competence in expressing themselves in clear, well-structured texts
  • Interpret audio material (News/TV Programmes/Films..)
  • Plan, conduct and present a mini research with limited guidance

Transferable Skills

  • Communicate and present information effectively whether orally or in writing
  • Deal with situations and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity
  • Work and learn independently and in groups, and take personal responsibility for their own work
  • Apply various computer, emailing and internet browsing skills

Intensive English Courses Description

Intensive English INTE 100-101

This starter (CEFR: A1) to elementary (CEFR: A2) course addresses students who scored an average between 20% - 29% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. The course tackles all language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and sub-skills (Lexis and Language Focus) in an integrated manner. It is a 12-noncredit-hour course covered in a language class that integrates all skills according to the assigned level. This dual course is covered during one semester in which the first 7.5 weeks are dedicated to the Starter level and the other 7.5 weeks to the Elementary level. Students required to finish this course are on probation; their full admission to the university is suspended until they successfully pass this course. Passing both parts of the course is a requirement to the student’s elevation to the INTE 102. In case the student fails in any part, s/he is required to repeat both parts of the course. This course is scored as P (Pass) or F (Fail) on the official transcript.

The course main objectives are to:

  • Enhance students’ competency in comprehending simple short passages from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
  • Develop students’ ability to recognize content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
  • Enable students to acquire the simple language usages and syntactical structures as related to simple tenses, question structure forms, singular/plural forms, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing using very short conversations and simple sentences based on the acquired repertoire during classes.
  • Promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend spoken English in short conversations and talks and to recognise a variety of English accents and interact with.
  • Develop students’ writing skills at the level of forming a well-structured simple sentence and/or sequencing simple sentences.

Intensive English INTE 102

This pre-intermediate (CEFR: B1) course addresses students who scored an average of 30% - 39% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. The course tackles all language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and sub-skills (Lexis and Language Focus) in an integrated manner. It is a 6-noncredit-hour course covered during one semester. Along with this course, students are allowed to register for a maximum of 12 credit hours from both elective and core courses except for ENGL 001.The final grade is either P (Pass) or F (Fail) on the official transcript.

The course main objectives are to:

  • Enhance students’ competency in comprehending passages of medium length from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
  • Develop students’ ability to recognize content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
  • Enable students to acquire the different language usages and syntactical structures as related to compound tenses, real/unreal conditionals, infinitives and gerunds, modals and passives, etc.
  • Improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing through conducting short conversations and forming simple and compound sentences.
  • Promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend spoken English in conversations and talks of average length, to recognise a variety of English accents, and respond in a sequence of ideas.
  • Develop students’ writing skills at the level of forming a well-structured simple/compound sentence.

Intensive English INTE 103

This intermediate (CEFR: B1+) course addresses students who scored an average of 40% - 49% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. It is a goal-based course which prepares learners to use English independently for global communication. The course tackles all language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and sub-skills (Lexis and Language Focus) in an integrated manner. It is a 6-noncredit-hour course covered during one semester. Along with this course, students are allowed to register for a maximum of 12 credit hours from both elective and core courses except for ENGL 001.The final grade is either P (Pass) or F (Fail) on the official transcript.

The course main objectives are to:

  • Enhance students’ competency in comprehending long passages of various organizational patterns from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
  • Develop students’ ability to recognize and derive content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
  • Enable students to acquire the different language usages and syntactical structures as related to compound tenses, passives, quoted/reported speech, modals etc.
  • Improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing through conducting long conversations and forming complex sentences on various topics based on the repertoire gained during classes.
  • Promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend and report spoken English in long conversations and talks and to recognise a variety of English accents on a wide range of topics.
  • Develop students’ academic writing skills at the level of a well-organised paragraph using all types of sentences in simple patterns.

Intensive English INTE 104

This 4-noncredit-hour upper-intermediate (CEFR: B2) online Intensive English course addresses students who scored an average of 50% - 59% on Beirut Arab University English Language Entrance Exam. It includes the essential academic English language, computer and web skills for a university student. The course is designed to satisfy the student's needs with its versatile and rich components and features which provide the student with the one-on-one tutoring opportunity and group work learning as well. This course starts with the Intermediate level (8 hrs.) which is intended as a review of the basic structures of the language. The middle of the course is the Intermediate+ level (12 hrs.) which aims at enabling students to acquire active communication skills on different subjects while expressing their points of view. Two-Thirds of the course deals with the Advanced / Advanced + / Expert levels (40 hrs.) which enables students to apply the language skills well.

The course main objectives are to:

  • Enhance students’ competency in comprehending demanding, longer texts of various organizational patterns from modern and authentic sources such as magazines, newspapers and texts that cater to their interests, needs and level.
  • Develop students’ ability to recognize implicit meaning and derive content-based lexis and use it in everyday life contexts.
  • Enable students to acquire the different language usages and syntactical structures as related to compound tenses, passives, conditionals, modals etc.
  • Improve students’ fluency in expressing themselves orally and in writing through using the language flexibly and effectively for social, business and academic purposes.
  • Promote students’ real life listening skills and enable them to comprehend and report spoken English in long conversations, TV news, films and current affairs programmes and to recognise a variety of English accents on a wide range of topics.
  • Enable students to produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.