The EAP (English for Academic Purpose) teaching concept and methods are fully embodied in the course of YUCUI College English. Enlightening and creative classroom activities have been developed with popularity received among teachers and students. Students can, therefore, get more chances in English listening and speaking. Up until now, the department has developed a series of EAP English courses, in cooperation with partner universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, etc.
This course leads students to learn grammar step by step. It mainly integrates three interrelated aspects including meaning, form and application. Grammar points could be strengthened in conversation, writing and presentation practice. Through stages of controlled and open exercises, students will be able to master and apply the acquired knowledge in practice.
Vocabulary is a very important part in English learning and will be the focus of this course as well. It could be classified into active and cognitive vocabulary. Active vocabulary (words that students are encouraged to use) mainly appears in Word Power and Snapshot, while cognitive vocabulary would usually be found out in reading and listening exercises. In Word Power, students are guided to classify new words, which conforms to the human brains understanding process of new words, and then grasp and use these words independently.
The course emphasizes the developing of oral English skills, especially the situational expression. Discussion, role play, speaking and communicative activities provide students with opportunities to systematically train their language fluency. In addition, students will also learn various conversation strategies through the exercise. Practices in skill training are mostly interesting and personalized, which provide students opportunities to exchange views in English.
Listening syllabus emphasizes task-based activities. It combines the top-down information processing skills (e.g. predicting) with the bottom-up skills (e.g. identifying and understanding words). Key questions or tasks have been set up at all listening levels, which helps students to listen with purpose and learn them how to use various methods to make notes.
Students can acquire articles of various styles in the reading practice (newspapers, advertisements and periodicals, opinion polls, letters, etc.), and use different reading methods to achieve the purposes. For example, students can skim and understand an article’s topic, find specific information through fast reading, peruse the details of the article carefully, and learn to read and analyze in the context such as making inferences and guessing the meanings according to the context. They are also required to express their opinions based on the reading materials.
Writing is a comprehensive assessment of students language commanding. Students can practice various types of writing (e.g. e-mail, postcards, memorandums), and consolidate their knowledge in grammar and vocabulary.