Program and Objectives

Curriculum Outcomes

At CUPS, students learn English in order to:image

  • communicate effectively, in both speech and writing, in various situations to meet both the social and academic demands
  • acquire effective reading skills and strategies to understand, evaluate, and appreciate a wide range of texts
  • acquire good listening comprehension skills and strategies to understand and evaluate various listening excerpts
  • acquire thinking skills to make critical and rational judgments
  • become autonomous learners to manage their own learning by acquiring necessary study skills, setting their own learning goals and evaluating their own progress
  • cope effectively and efficiently with change, extended learning tasks, and examinations
  • become acquainted with current technological applications and use information technology tools effectively
  • attain an awareness of current individual, social, global issues
  • appreciate English as an international language
  • appreciate cultural differences and diversity
  • learn how to work effectively in teams

Language Program Goals

General English Language Goals

By the end of the program, the students will be able to

Reading

  • demonstrate reading competencies both in social and academic contexts
  • analyze a text
  • critically evaluate a text
  • react and respond to a text

Listening

  • demonstrate listening competencies both in social and academic contexts
  • analyze a listening excerpt
  • critically evaluate a listening excerpt
  • respond to a listening excerpt

Writing

  • write clear, smoothly flowing coherent and unified paragraphs
  • write paragraphs using academic rhetoric structures (compare & contrast, cause & effect, etc.)

Speaking

  • express themselves fluently in both social and academic contexts
  • exchange ideas on current issues
  • argue for and/or against ideas

Academic Language Goals

Along with general language goals, the program aims to have students acquire necessary skills to pursue their academic studies at their departments. Hence, students will also be able to

  • understand lectures
  • take notes during lectures
  • participate in discussions & debates
  • apply various reading strategies to be able to complete various reading assignments
  • present ideas and information in an organized way in written assignments
  • deliver oral presentations
  • develop basic research skills
  • carry out various projects