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The English Language Program

The English Language Program offers both pre-sessional English courses, as well as Academic English units for the Diploma programs.

Mission

The English Language Program prepares students for the future by giving them the necessary skills they need to successfully pursue their studies in the field of their choice.

Scope

The scope and variety of courses provided by the English Language Program are designed in such a way as to cover the fundamental skills that students would need to pursue their studies at the College level in Engineering and Business. These include academic and research writing, reading comprehension and critical thinking, listening and note-taking, communication, and transferrable academic skills.

The curriculum promotes active learning through extensive practice in skills needed in various academic situations and in the Kuwait labor market.

Placement Tests

ACK utilizes the Oxford Online Placement Test (a computerized test) to place applicants according to their appropriate English language level. 

Levels

OOPT®Total

IELTS® Average Score

TOEFL IBT®(Internet Based Test)

 ACK ENGLISH I

35-54

4.0 – 4.5

 

 

ACK ENGLISH II – Business

 

ACK ENGLISH II - Engineering

 

 55-69

 5.0

 DIRECT ENTRY

70+

 5.5

71+

*Applicants who receive an average IELTS score lower than 4.0 (or equivalent on OOPT) will be enrolled in Intensive English Language courses offered by the Continuing Education Center (CEC). 

The English Language Program offers the following courses:

  • ACK ENGLISH I (ACKENG1) - Accept 4.0-4.5 IELTS Average or equivalent

This is a one semester course which includes essential training in the four English language skills, study skills, and experiential learning. Upon successful completion of this level, students will have an adequate foundation to move forward to the next level (ACK ENGLISH II). 

  • ACK ENGLISH II – Business (ACKENG2B) - Accept 5.0 IELTS Average or equivalent

This is a one semester course which includes essential training in the four English language skills, study skills, and experiential learning. Upon successful completion of this level, students are then admitted to Diploma programs. 

  •  ACK ENGLISH II – Engineering (ACKENG2E) - Accept 5.0 IELTS Average or equivalent

This is a one semester course which includes essential training in the four English language skills, study skills, and experiential learning. Upon successful completion of this level, students are then admitted to Diploma programs. 

Diploma and Degree Units Offered by the English Language Program

  • FSP110 – English for Engineering

This is a one semester course designed to meet the needs of students in the Engineering School to research, read and write extensively. It aims to equip them with the research, reading and writing skills and strategies that are necessary to identify relevant information in the genres common in their field; read them to identify and synthesise relevant ideas; and incorporate these ideas in an extended piece of writing that clearly shows the critical stance of the student/writer, while adhering to the formal requirements of text structure, format and referencing. 

  • FSP111 – English for Business 

This is a one semester course designed to meet the needs of students in the School of Business to research, read and write extensively. It aims to equip them with the research, reading and writing skills and strategies that are necessary to identify relevant information in the genres common in their field; read them to identify and synthesise relevant ideas; and incorporate these ideas in an extended piece of writing that clearly shows the critical stance of the student/writer, while adhering to the formal requirements of text structure, format and referencing.

  • ELD210 – Reading and Writing for Engineers

This elective unit focuses on the reading and writing genres and strategies that an engineering student needs in their studies and in the future workplace. Students will learn about the rhetorical and linguistic conventions of research papers, technical reports and project proposals in order to be able to read them efficiently and critically. Students will also produce a mini project proposal to further develop their critical analysis skills and writing abilities.  This course assumes prior knowledge of the fundamentals of researching and referencing.

  • ELD211 – Reading and Writing for Business

This elective unit focuses on the reading and writing genres and strategies that business students need in their studies and in the future workplace. Students will learn about the rhetorical and linguistic conventions of research papers and business case study reports in order to be able to read them efficiently and critically. Students will also produce a business case study report to further develop their critical analysis skills and writing abilities.  This unit assumes prior knowledge of the fundamentals of researching and referencing and the use of business analysis tools.