ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE

 
INTRODUCTION
Realizing the growing and inevitable importance of English as a global language of communication, business, commerce and politics, International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad established the English Language Centre (ELC) March 2008. One of the main objectives attached to initiating this centre is to develop and produce task oriented graduates, who should be proficient in English to comply with the challenges both within the university and out in the market too.

The English Language Centre at IIUI offers two tracks of English language programmes: track one includes special English preparatory courses such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, GAT etc designed for those seeking to qualify for foreign and indigenous universities admission or for availing job opportunities abroad and to qualify for HEC’s scholarships; track two focuses on the English proficiency programmes specially designed for working professionals, students with low English proficiency level, researchers and anyone seeking to improve his/her English language skills.

 
Why English Language Centre at IIUI?
The Following distinctive features of ELC at IIUI make it a best choice:
  • Highly qualified and skilled faculty with years of English language teaching experience.
  • Well equipped classrooms with multimedia, audio-visual facilities and Sun-TV connection.
  • Small sized classes to give individual attention to learners.
  • 50% special discount package for IIUI students
  • Learner centered teaching methodology through which you can get more opportunities to participate in learning activities and polish your language skills
  • Excellent multicultural environment where the students from various countries are registered
  • 4-day classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • Both Morning & Evening Sessions
 
Who should attend the courses?
  • Graduate and postgraduate students who plan to join universities for higher studies & working professionals who intend to seek careers in English speaking countries or where English is the main medium of communication.
  • Students with poor English background who want to survive in the competitive market environments where English is essential for securing, sustaining and developing careers.
  • Anyone interested in improving his/her English skills.
 
How do you know your level of English?
All our English courses require a placement test which will tell us the actual level of each applicant and will ultimately determine the acceptance to the programme. The placement test is administered before the commencement of the proper classes of the programme through standardized written and oral tests. Needs analyses of the applicants are done through
a specifically designed questionnaire to know their learning objectives. English Language Centre offers following courses:
 
COURSES OFFERED Course Duration
English Language Courses (General)
01 English Language Courses (Basic to Advanced Level) 3-Months
02 Communication Skills 3-Months
03 Spoken English (Basic to Advanced Level) 2-Months
PREPARATORY COURSES
01 TOEFL 3-Months
02  GRE/GMAT/GAT 3-Months
03  IELTS  (Extensive Language Practice) 3-Months
04 IELTS 2-Months
ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
01 English for Media Professionals 3-Months
02 English for Lawyers (Basic to Advanced Level) 3-Months
03 Academic Writing 3-Months
04 Creative Writing 3-Months
05 Business English Technical Writing 3-Months
06 English for Officials (Presentation, Briefing, Minutes taking etc) 3-Months
Diplomas
01 Linguistics and Literature 6-Months
02 Spoken English 6-Months
03 TEFL 6-Months
 
Courses Description
  1. General Courses
  1. English Language Course (Basic to Advanced Level)
  • Our Basic Level is for the students who aspire to have a starter of English which allows them to everyday situations contextualized with English. By the end of this level our students should be proficient in: understanding and using simple everyday expressions and basic phrases and clauses aimed at meeting their simple academic and professional needs; introducing themselves and others; asking and answering questions about familiar issues such as personal preferences, local places of residence, acquaintances; writing grammatically correct language; and participating in a conversation in English with an encouraging environment.
  • Our Intermediate Level is for those students who have already learnt the basics of English language and want to enhance further their English proficiency by being able to understand and express information, thoughts, feelings, views, beliefs and common phrases and simple clauses about familiar everyday situations in straightforward
    spoken and written discourse. By the end of this level the students are expected to be proficient in: understanding sentences and frequently used expressions from the areas of most direct relevance (e.g. basic personal and kinship information, shopping, indigenous geography, employment, etc); communicating in simple English conversations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information; accomplishing routine tasks about familiar matters; describing in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters from the areas of immediate interest; and writing grammatically correct and structurally sound language.
  • Our Advanced Level is for the students who have already learnt the intermediate level skills and want to acquire an advanced proficiency in English to use it for their academic or professional life. By the end of this level, the students should be proficient in: understanding familiar matters frequently encountered at work, college, university, etc; dealing with the situations likely to crop up while living in an area where the English language is used; producing grammatically accurate, structurally complex but well-linked, and thematically dense discourse; describing experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions; and giving reasons and explanations for opinions, arguments and plans.
  1. About Communication Skills Course

Objective

This course is designed to help the students learn effective communication by developing in them both written and oral skills of communication, they need to be successful in their professional lives. To make the students familiar with the real life communication issues, personal interviews with business associates and academics other than the theoretical discussions will be the hallmark of this course.

  • Sessions on English phonetics and grammar
  • Frequent practice of speaking following the techniques and concepts of effective communication
  • Regular practice of writing memos, letters, and business and research reports
  • Critical reading
  • Oral presentation by the participants exploiting modern technological gadgets
  • Special focus on the style of writing and speaking in Business communication
  1. Preparatory Courses
  1. About IELTS & TOEFL

Objective

 
IELTS is International English Language Testing System. The test designed by IELTS is considered to be one of the most standardized tools of measuring the ability of a person to communicate in English proficiently. It is meant for the people who intend to work or study in a country where English is the medium of communication. The educational institutes, employers and the governments of all the English speaking countries require all the concerned non-native persons to take IELTS. TOEFL, the test of English as a Foreign Language evaluates the proficiency of an individual to use and understand academic English at a college or university level. Colleges and universities of many English speaking countries require non-native applicants to take TOEFL. IELTS & TOEFL preparatory classes at ELC focus on the followings:

  • To familiarize the students with the purpose, importance and different types of IELTS &TOEFL tests.
  • To help them learn and practice different techniques for the improvement of their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
  • To improve their overall English proficiency level and make their English error free through different classroom activities and home tasks.
  • To improve their IELTS&TOEFL test taking ability through mock tests
  • To help them achieve good bands and score by focusing on their individual strengths and weaknesses
 
  1. About GRE/GMAT/GAT

Objective

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is an essential requirement for admission process for most business schools in the world. In addition, some graduate finance and economics programmes also use the GMAT result to place students. The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is used by graduate school programmes to assess the verbal, quantitative
and analytical abilities of their applicants. GAT (Graduate Assessment Test) is an essential requirement for MS/MPhil in Pakistan. The same is a prerequisite for the coveted indigenous and foreign scholarships by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.
 
Our GMAT, GRE & GAT preparatory classes focus on the following objectives:
 
  • To familiarize the students with the concept, style and format of GMAT, GRE & GAT.
  • To explain the basic verbal, analytical and quantitative concepts in GMAT, GRE & GAT.
  • To improve the test taking strategies of the students by removing their individual inaccuracies.
  • To pass the students through a rigorous training session to develop their critical and analytical abilities.
 
  1. Specific Purposes Course
  1. English for Media Professional

Objective
Media plays a significant role in globalizing the world. The persons who work in such an enormous field are known as Media Professionals. The Media Professionals must be competently proficient in English language in order to precede their career. Their language proficiency is to be measured when they investigate a news story or conduct instantaneous interviews. English Language Centre is introducing a specified English language course for those who wish to find themselves among the skilled Media Professionals.

  • Journalistic English
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Oral Presentation skills
  • Conversation and interview skills
  • Précis writing
  • Media vocabulary expansion
  • Style
  • Argumentative writing and speech
  • Critical reading skills
 
  1. Creative Writing

OBJECTIVE

Words are simply the dresses to our thoughts and emotions and Creative Writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey information. The term creative writing is used to discern certain types of inventive or artistic writing from other general types of writing. Generally, creative writing is associated with different genres of literature and certainly literature, apart from being an expression of emotions, can be defined as an idealized, intensified and above all an artistic expression of life. This kind of writing obviously depends upon creative thinking, for, the unusual way of exploiting the words to bring literariness earnestly demands proper training, and an
encouraging academic atmosphere.
This particular course is especially designed to make the students conscious of their creative potential.  The course incorporates the following salient features:

  • Appropriate use of parts and figures of speech
  • Literariness in literature ( language and Art)
  • Juggling in jingles
  • Texts and contexts
  • Discursive and narrative writing
  • Poetry and poetics
 
  1. English For Lawyers

Objective

One of the characteristics of a successful legal practitioner is being convincing not just in verbal but in non-verbal communication too. To be convincing in the field of law, one needs to be communicative, expressive, argumentative, analytical, critical and creative at the same time. They have to use language with particular care and precision. Mistakes are most undesirable at this level. This course meets these specific needs. Law students currently perusing their studies can also improve their skills and work to become better professionals in future. This course is designed with an intention to improve the language skills of those Pakistani lawyers who do not have rich English background and hence suffer whenever it is time to communicate in English. The course also aims to sharpen thinking and creative skills of the participants which are imperative for effective and swift communication. Typical activities during this course will include: extensive reading from case studies, taking part in meetings and negotiations, role playing, writing for different purposes, mock trials (with focus on communication skills) and presentations. The course will be supervised by law experts, and instructors in English Language and communication skills.

  • Case study
  • Opinion writing
  • Interview skills
  • Writing about facts
  • Pleading cases effectively with appropriate choice of language
  • Using convincing language
  • Legal vocabulary expansion
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiating
  • Writing effective drafts
  • Developing an argument
  • Reading skill
 
  1. Academic Writing

Objective

Academic writing is a genre of writing usually adopted by a research scholar when the assumed audience also comprises scholars. This type of writing is mostly based on research, and is complex, dense, formal, linear, objective and precise. The writers of research articles, papers, dissertations, theses, books, etc are required to use it in their works. The postgraduate researchers, at times, encounter a disparaging trouble when they are at the writing stage of their research process. Many of their well-researched projects are not published in the prestigious journals of their relevant fields just because of using a non-academic language. ELC has the honour and privilege of introducing a short course on Academic Writing for the first time in Pakistan.

  • Frequent academic writing practices
  • Exposure to seminars on academic writing
  • Critical reading
  • Activities from the learners’ relevant areas
  • Exposure to various research journals
  • Expansion of academic vocabulary
 
  1. English for Executives/Officials

OBJECTIVE

English being the official language of Pakistan and most of the other countries of the world is basic requirement for the office activities like correspondence, briefing, presentations, note-taking, minutes-writing etc. The officials proficient in these areas save their time and money and build a good rapport among their colleagues and the administrative hierarchy. ELC offers a 3-months programme for the promising officials who want to excel in their relevant fields. The distinctive features of the programme are:

  • Focus on officials English vocabulary and structure
  • Practice of established patterns of letter writing, report writing etc.
  • Use of computers
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Focus on cross-cultural norms in correspondence
  • Note-taking, minutes writing, report writing etc
 
  1. Diploma Courses
  1. Spoken English Diploma

OBJECTIVE

English has become a loaded weapon of the time; those armed with it ultimately find themselves on the victory stand in their professional race. Many of our under-grad, graduate and postgraduate students, professionals, businessmen who are proficient in writing lack in the other productive skill, speaking. Spoken English is a currency of high value today. At ELC, we offer a 6-months diploma in spoken English. The key features of the programme are:

  • Extensive speaking practice
  • Individual pair oral presentations
  • Group discussions facilitated with realia
  • Separate classes on listening, speaking, phonetics and grammar
 
  1. Diploma in TEFL

Objective

ELC is offering a Diploma in TEFL which includes comprehensive teacher-training courses that will prepare you for a teaching career not only in Pakistan but also in the countries around the globe. The Diploma is especially designed for the individuals who desire to adopt the ELT profession and excel rapidly in it. Our diploma is unique in a way for we will expose our learners to a multicultural academic environment so that they may groom themselves as practicing teachers. The Diploma is divided into two modules followed by a project to be completed at the end. It will only be issued at the successful completion of the project.

  • Module 1
    Teaching Approaches and Methods
    Lesson Planning
    Classroom Management
    Applied Linguistics
  • Module 2
    Productive Skills
    Receptive Skills
    Sounds of English
    Grammar Teaching
  • Teaching Project
 
  1. Diploma in Linguistics & Literature

Objective

Diploma in Linguistics and Literature has been specially designed for those learners who have a little or no background of linguistics and literature. It is not only beneficial for those who are interested to study these subjects at graduation or post-graduation level but it will also be equally productive for a layman to get a firsthand knowledge and understanding of the subjects. It will open a window of knowledge for the students of other languages and literatures like Persian, Arabic, Urdu etc and want to carry out their research in these areas. Generally, upon completion of this course, the learners will be able to:

  • Understand the complex mechanism of language and literature.
  • Develop a critical approach which is necessary for the analysis the texts from of these disciplines.
  • Carry out the comparative analysis of different languages and the literary works treasured in them.
  • Get admission in various degree programmes of languages and literature.

The following is a list of areas to be studied in this course.

  • Introduction to language
  • Introduction to literature
  • Sounds of a language
  • Structure of a language
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • Linguistic analysis of literature
 
Faculty Members:
  1. Ms Farhat Meher
    Incharge (Female Campus)
    Ph: 051 9019704
   
  1. Mr. Muhammad Sheeraz
    Incharge (Men Campus)
    Ph: 051 9257916
   
  1. Mr. Yaser Ali
    Coordinator
    Ph: 051 9257916
    Mobile: 0344-5007338
    Email: yaser.ali@iiu.edu.pk
 
  1. Mr. Aziz Khan
    Naib Qasid
 
 
Office Address:
Men Section :
Room D-005
Block-I (Men Campus)
Sector H-10, Islamabad
Ph: 051 9257916
Email : elp@iiu.edu.pk
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Women Section:
Room D-13
Women Campus
Sector H-10, Islamabad
Ph: 051 9019704
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