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Center for English Proficiency

The Center for English Proficiency provides non-English speaking students with the English language education that they need to succeed academically, professionally, and/or socially. The program promotes cultural awareness, citizenship, critical thinking, and ethical behavior, in addition to effective communication.

A MESSAGE FROM THE COORDINATOR

The Center for English Proficiency believes in providing the best instruction and care for students who want to enter AUD’s undergraduate studies or the workforce. Our Intensive English Language Courses provide high quality instruction and a friendly educational environment in which students can develop their English language skills and personal interests.

The Center for English Proficiency offers a diverse cultural learning environment that enables students to understand and integrate into Dubai’s multicultural setting. English Bridge and Intensive English Language students experience an American education in Dubai and enjoy sharing their own cultures in a friendly, safe, and comfortable atmosphere. The American University in Dubai offers state-of-the-art technology, an up-to-date library, and fully modernized and equipped computer laboratories that assure students have the opportunity to perform academically at the highest standards.

Ms. Ana Maria Chehab, M.Ed.
Coordinator of the Center for English Proficiency

Mission of the Center

The Mission of the Center for English Proficiency is to provide nonnative English-speaking students with the English language education that they need to succeed academically, professionally, and socially. The Center for English Proficiency promotes cultural awareness, citizenship, critical thinking, and ethical behavior, in addition to effective communication.

Program Goals

  • To provide students the opportunity to develop into responsible learners by enhancing their critical and intellectual activity through academic and social experiences
  • To improve each student’s ability to read, write and recognize organizational patterns within the English language
  • To improve each student’s ability to use English effectively in its cultural context by developing the appropriate communication approach and increasing cultural awareness
  • To foster critical thinking and ethical behavior
  • To encourage students to become active participants in the learning process
  • To prepare students for TOEFL®, ACCUPLACER™ and Academic IELTS™
    and EmSAT exams in English proficiency

Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the English Bridge Program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate orally and in writing the ability to think critically by bringing together evidence in support of an argument
  • Exemplify efficient writing and reading abilities by producing and understanding multiple diverse perspectives in a set framework
  • Demonstrate ideas by speaking extemporaneously in a social or academic environment
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn new words and recognize parts of speech in various word forms
  • Respond to questions that call for reasoned analysis of given information

Program Structure

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The English Bridge Program prepares students for entry into an academic degree program by developing the English-language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

There are two levels of instruction in the English Bridge: ENGB 098 (high intermediate) and ENGB 099 (advanced). English Bridge students study in instructor-guided classes for four hours daily, Sunday through Thursday during fall and spring semesters and six hours during the summer I session. Each course is approximately fifteen weeks in Fall and Spring, and approximately seven weeks in Summer I.

Initial placement in the English Bridge is determined by International TOEFL® + Writing essay score, Internet-based TOEFL®, Academic IELTS™, EmSAT, or ACCUPLACER™, an online test administered at AUD.

Below is a chart which summarizes the test scores and their equivalent language courses:

IELP097

Placement by Accuplacer and below scores not met

 

 

PBT

IBT

IELTS

EMSAT

ACCUPLACER

Entrance to

ENGB098

Submit any of the scores

TOEFL 400 / TWE 2.0

Internet-based TOEFL 32/ w10-13

IELTS score of 4.5 / writing 4.5

IELTS score of 4.5 / writing 4.5

Placed by ACCUPLACER

Entrance to

ENGB099

Successfully complete

ENGB098 or Submit any of the scores

TOEFL 460 / TWE 2.5

Internet-based TOEFL 48/ w14-16

IELTS score 5.5 / Writing 5.5

EMSAT score 1250 / Writing B1

Placed by ACCUPLACER

EXIT to ENGL100

Only for Bridge program students

TOEFL 500 + Pass ENGB099

Internet-based TOEFL 61

IELTS score 6.0

EMSAT 1400

Fulfill all other admissions requirements

Students are also allowed to take the Accuplacer exam at the end of each semester to skip levels or start their degree program as per AUD’s Admissions requirements.

Students who enter the English Bridge with TOEFL 500 (or equivalent) do not need to submit new score upon completion of ENGB099 and they do not need to submit writing section scores.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

IELP 097 Low Intermediate Intensive English

Prerequisite: Placement by Paper-based TOEFL® + Writing essay score, Internet-based TOEFL®, Academic IELTS™, EmSAT, ACCUPLACER™, or with permission of Program Coordinator. Limited English is assumed.

IELP 097 introduce students to the English-language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking at a low intermediate level. This course helps students begin to develop practical and academic vocabulary and reading skills, learn to write grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs, and build confidence in understanding and speaking English.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand and identify the main ideas in simple narrative, discursive, and academic texts
  • Write simple paragraphs that clearly describe past, present, and future experiences, make comparisons, and express opinions
  • Identify the main points and details in a simple dialogue, explanation, or narrative when spoken slowly and clearly
  • Use simple language to tell a story, describe events, and express opinions and emotions
  • Interact verbally with others in routine contexts, asking and answering questions, making suggestions, and giving and understanding instructions

ENGB 098 High Intermediate English Bridge

Prerequisite: Placement by Paper-based TOEFL® + Writing essay score, Internet-based TOEFL®, Academic IELTS™, EmSAT, or ACCUPLACER™

ENGB 098 introduces students to the English-language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking at an intermediate level. This course helps students acquire the vocabulary, grammar skills, and critical reading strategies needed for academic success. Students will develop reliable study and note-taking habits, the confidence to deliver oral presentations, and the writing skills needed to compose thoughtful, well-developed, and unified multi-paragraph texts.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize the main ideas in simple narrative, discursive, and academic texts, distinguishing between main ideas and supporting details
  • Write simple, structured multi-paragraph texts on a range of familiar topics and for a variety of purposes
  • Identify a speaker’s main idea and supporting examples in a presentation intended for a general audience
  • Deliver an oral presentation that summarizes and responds to the views of others, developing a simple argument that is supported by reasons and examples
  • Demonstrate basic competence in understanding and using level-appropriate vocabulary and grammar in a range of routine and academic contexts

ENGB 099 Advanced English Bridge

Prerequisite: ENGB 098 with a grade of P+/P or placement by Paper-based TOEFL® + Writing essay score, Internet-based TOEFL®, Academic IELTS™, EmSAT, or ACCUPLACER™

ENGB 099 introduces students to the English-language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking at an advanced level. This course helps students develop the listening and speaking skills needed for university success, such as note-taking from lectures, writing reports, and making formal presentations; assists students in developing their university level academic English vocabulary and reading strategies; and teaches students to write university-level essays that use grammatically correct sentence structures in coherent, well-developed paragraphs.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyze the purpose and meaning of simple narrative, discursive, and academic texts, identifying the main line of argument and/or development of a central theme
  • Write simple, structured academic essays in a variety of rhetorical modes that adhere to the conventions of Standard Written English
  • Recognize lines of argument, organizational structure, inferred meaning, and emphasis through intonation and stress in a presentation intended for an academic audience
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation that summarizes information from multiple sources, develops a focused argument, and demonstrates a clear sense of organization
  • Demonstrate basic competence in understanding and using level-appropriate grammar for academic reading and writing purposes

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Copies of the required documents below will be accepted for preliminary evaluation; however, originals should be submitted prior to the semester start date.

  • Completed application form for undergraduate admissions
  • Official school records (Grade 10, 11, 12)
  • High School Diploma
  • Equivalency letter from the UAE Ministry of Education
  • Students are required to take the university Accuplacer™ English entrance exam or any of the accepted exams above to determine their level.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs
  • Passport photocopy with validity page
  • Photocopy of UAE Residence Visa
  • Photocopy of Emirates ID (both sides)
  • Army exemption letter for all UAE nationals
  • Completed Health History Form
  • Non-refundable application fee of AED 420

A reservation deposit (non-refundable) of AED 5,000, which is fully applied toward tuition, is required upon acceptance for admission. Students who wish to pursue a degree at AUD upon completion of the IELP/English Bridge Program must fulfill all other admissions requirements and submit official documents for final review by the Admissions Committee.

Admission for the center for English Proficiency. The bridge program is open for Fall, Spring and Summer I.

To contact Admissions Office
Tel: +971 4 399 9000
Email: admissions@aud.edu