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English Department
College of Basic Education
  14 اغسطس, 2020
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The English Department

Vision

The English Department strives to be ranked among the best EFL Departments nationally and regionally by maintaining high standards of academic achievements in teaching and research, and hence producing a generation of young graduates who serve with distinction the public educational sector and steer the outputs of education and research towards the attainment of sustainable development.


Mission

The English Department has as its mission the creation of an educational environment which, through quality instruction, service, and research, prepares teachers who begin and end their careers on the leading edge of academics and pedagogy. The programme is designed to prepare committed, informed, professional educators who demonstrate high expectations for student learning. They must be able to perform as effective professionals, and display positive behaviors and the pursuit of excellence is central to the Department’s mission: it maintains high standards of academic achievements, professional behavior and ethical conduct. Towards this end, the Department creates an academic environment designed to provide proficient use of the tools of learning as well as students’ thinking capabilities and personal skills.
The English language major programme of the English Department was established in February 2002 (i.e. the spring semester 2001/02). It started with girls only with the aim of graduating female teachers in the primary stage as required by the Ministry of Education. The main objectives of the programme are to train Kuwaiti cadres for the English language teaching profession, as well as to make up for the shortage in the Ministry of Education. Candidates seeking admission to the English Department must pass a written proficiency test as well as an oral interview. Graduates get a B.Ed. in ELT. The first batch was graduated in the Spring and Summer semesters 2004/05.

The English Department

Vision

The English Department strives to be ranked among the best EFL Departments nationally and regionally by maintaining high standards of academic achievements in teaching and research, and hence producing a generation of young graduates who serve with distinction the public educational sector and steer the outputs of education and research towards the attainment of sustainable development.


Mission

The English Department has as its mission the creation of an educational environment which, through quality instruction, service, and research, prepares teachers who begin and end their careers on the leading edge of academics and pedagogy. The programme is designed to prepare committed, informed, professional educators who demonstrate high expectations for student learning. They must be able to perform as effective professionals, and display positive behaviors and the pursuit of excellence is central to the Department’s mission: it maintains high standards of academic achievements, professional behavior and ethical conduct. Towards this end, the Department creates an academic environment designed to provide proficient use of the tools of learning as well as students’ thinking capabilities and personal skills.
The English language major programme of the English Department was established in February 2002 (i.e. the spring semester 2001/02). It started with girls only with the aim of graduating female teachers in the primary stage as required by the Ministry of Education. The main objectives of the programme are to train Kuwaiti cadres for the English language teaching profession, as well as to make up for the shortage in the Ministry of Education. Candidates seeking admission to the English Department must pass a written proficiency test as well as an oral interview. Graduates get a B.Ed. in ELT. The first batch was graduated in the Spring and Summer semesters 2004/05.

Objectives

The programme prepares students to:

1. Acquire knowledge about the general and specific educational aims for teaching English.

2. Acquire an awareness and proficiency of the English Language.

3. Explore teaching methods theoretically and practically.

4. Acquire the special skills required to properly instruct children.

5. Understand a child on all levels (physical, emotional, intellectual, and others).

6. Interact well with young learners in a classroom.

7. Explore methods that work best in teaching English to young learners.

8. Create a good classroom atmosphere for learning English.

9. Manage children's behaviour.

10. Use teaching resources easily and efficiently.

11. Develop their teaching career and increase their level of professionalism.

 

Curriculum Development

A special Curriculum Development Committee undertakes – on a regular basis – the task of reviewing the course descriptions, objectives, contents, as well as course books. Based on the students’ needs analysis, a major task of the committee is to recommend up-to-date course books, as well as introducing new courses required for bettering students’ performance. The major sheet has been adapted to qualify graduates to teach in the intermediate and the secondary schools. As well, some faculty members authored their own books – on theoretical linguistics in particular – tailored to meet the actual needs of students.

 

Academic Advising

Under the supervision of the Department General Academic Advisor, all the faculty members provide their students with the major sheet as well as a list of the major English courses distributed on the 8 semesters of study. At the beginning of each semester and before registration, students are advised on which courses to take. It is also a major task of the academic advisor to solve students’ problems in registration.

 

Academic Requirements

The general requirements apply to all students working towards a bachelor degree in the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). These requirements reflect PAAET’s effort to offer an excellent program of study. Thus the PAAET requires a high concentration of courses in its undergraduate majors, while at the same time requiring a core of general education.

 

The main components of the English programme are:

1. A core general education in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities (30 credit hours).

2. English concentration: 60 credit hours of courses offered by the English Department as follows:

a. Basic English language skills: 9 credit hours of required courses.

b. Linguistics: 18 credit hours of five required courses and one elective.

c. Literature: 12 credit hours of three required courses and one elective. 

d. EFL/ESL: 21 credit hours of six required courses and one elective.

3. Vocational courses: 40 credit hours offered mainly by the Department of Education.

 

Please note that students must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 60% to be in good academic status and graduate from the Department.


Academic Advising

The minimum requirements for admission of applicants to the English Department are the following:

1. Undergraduate degree-seeking applicants must hold the General Secondary Certificate of Education (GSCE) or its equivalent to be considered for admission.

2. Applicants must earn at least 70% in the GSCE to be considered for admission.

3. Because of the large number of applicants, admission is highly competitive and is mainly based on the scores in an admission examination and an interview. Applicants must score 60% or above in each to be considered for admission.


Summer Course
Revised terms and regulations to teach in the summer course (No. 2014/1626)

Objectives

The programme prepares students to:

1. Acquire knowledge about the general and specific educational aims for teaching English.

2. Acquire an awareness and proficiency of the English Language.

3. Explore teaching methods theoretically and practically.

4. Acquire the special skills required to properly instruct children.

5. Understand a child on all levels (physical, emotional, intellectual, and others).

6. Interact well with young learners in a classroom.

7. Explore methods that work best in teaching English to young learners.

8. Create a good classroom atmosphere for learning English.

9. Manage children's behaviour.

10. Use teaching resources easily and efficiently.

11. Develop their teaching career and increase their level of professionalism.

 

Curriculum Development

A special Curriculum Development Committee undertakes – on a regular basis – the task of reviewing the course descriptions, objectives, contents, as well as course books. Based on the students’ needs analysis, a major task of the committee is to recommend up-to-date course books, as well as introducing new courses required for bettering students’ performance. The major sheet has been adapted to qualify graduates to teach in the intermediate and the secondary schools. As well, some faculty members authored their own books – on theoretical linguistics in particular – tailored to meet the actual needs of students.

 

Academic Advising

Under the supervision of the Department General Academic Advisor, all the faculty members provide their students with the major sheet as well as a list of the major English courses distributed on the 8 semesters of study. At the beginning of each semester and before registration, students are advised on which courses to take. It is also a major task of the academic advisor to solve students’ problems in registration.

 

Academic Requirements

The general requirements apply to all students working towards a bachelor degree in the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). These requirements reflect PAAET’s effort to offer an excellent program of study. Thus the PAAET requires a high concentration of courses in its undergraduate majors, while at the same time requiring a core of general education.

 

The main components of the English programme are:

1. A core general education in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities (30 credit hours).

2. English concentration: 60 credit hours of courses offered by the English Department as follows:

a. Basic English language skills: 9 credit hours of required courses.

b. Linguistics: 18 credit hours of five required courses and one elective.

c. Literature: 12 credit hours of three required courses and one elective. 

d. EFL/ESL: 21 credit hours of six required courses and one elective.

3. Vocational courses: 40 credit hours offered mainly by the Department of Education.

 

Please note that students must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 60% to be in good academic status and graduate from the Department.


Academic Advising

The minimum requirements for admission of applicants to the English Department are the following:

1. Undergraduate degree-seeking applicants must hold the General Secondary Certificate of Education (GSCE) or its equivalent to be considered for admission.

2. Applicants must earn at least 70% in the GSCE to be considered for admission.

3. Because of the large number of applicants, admission is highly competitive and is mainly based on the scores in an admission examination and an interview. Applicants must score 60% or above in each to be considered for admission.


Summer Course
Revised terms and regulations to teach in the summer course (No. 2014/1626)

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