Why UCBC Language Institute?
UCBC is meant to be both a bilingual university and a centre of transformation not only for students who register in university programs but also for people from all walks of the society. To respond to that need, UCBC decided to open a language centre known as ELC (English Language Centre). However, it is becoming more and more obvious that not only English needs to be taught but also other languages as students and teachers from other countries also join in the CI-UCBC community. So, French and other languages can also be slide in the language curriculum. Hence, the English Language Centre would better function as a Language Institute of the university.
The UCBC Language Institute will have the general objective of providing a bridging between the formal training context of the university and the language training that is open to the community. In that manner, people from outside, organizations and institutions would also benefit from the expertise of the university language teachers together with students either in the university setting or in a setting located in town.
Specific Objectives of UCBC Language Institute
- To organize the teachings of several languages – English, French, Swahili – as means of communication.
- To teach English as a foreign language for students that are registered at UCBC and for people from all walks of the life.
- To teach French as a second and/or foreign language for those who are willing to perfect the communicative skills in it.
- To impart Christian values as well as leadership skills in all those who attend the language classes.
- To organize activities that bond the Language Institute Students on-campus and down town together as peers and as community through activities such as English Club, English Services, Bible Studies, and so on.
- To do charitable and compassion actions through the English club activities: visit to orphanages, prison, churches…
Language Institute Courses
For any language that is taught at the Institute, there will be four major courses that will be layered into three levels of two months each as shown in the following chart:
|01||Beginner||Grammar I, Conversation I, Reading I, Composition I|
|02||Intermediate||Grammar II, Conversation II, Reading II, Composition II|
Grammar III, Conversation III, Reading III, Composition III
- Each course will have three parts that last two months each and correspond to the three levels
- For each topic, different resources (Books, Software, workbooks…) will be used to cover the material designed for the level.
- Each topic will have one or two teachers depending on the size of the in-take for the academic year on campus.
- For classes taken off-campus, there will be three full-time teachers who will be supported by 4 teachers from the on-campus classes.
- The teaching methodology will be communicative and functional to allow students to be immersed in activities through group and peer tasks.