The Language Center

Vision

To become the language center of choice in Pakistan.

 

Mission

To provide world class language learning opportunities and enriching environment to Ziauddin University students and the wider community for academic success and improved life chances;

To contribute to the development of the English language teaching profession, and professionals, in Pakistan and the region.

 

Goals

  1. Provide high quality programs for learners with specific needs and goals at all levels, including the corporate sector.
  2. Provide an enriching and nurturing environment to learners to achieve their full potential
  3. Provide high quality learning and practice opportunities for enhancing English language skills for international examinations such as IELTS, SAT and GRE.
  4. Undertake high quality teaching, teacher training and cutting edge research on language teaching and learning.
  5. Develop a network of communication with ZU faculty offering language courses in other ZU faculties/colleges to assist them in curriculum and instructional planning and assessment.
  6. Support the ZU student community in developing their English language and critical thinking skills for academic study, and for improving their future life chances beyond the University.

 

Governance and Structure

The Language Center is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The Center is led by a Director and runs independently under the supervision of the Dean. The Director manages the Center’s day-to-day operations as well as its finances and staffing.

The Center has an Advisory Board with internal members, external members from each University faculty served by the Center and representatives of the academia. The Advisory Board meets once each term.

 

Programs/courses

General English Courses (6 levels: Beginners, False Beginners, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Post-Intermediate, Advanced)- each level equals 45 contact hours over a period of one semester

 

Who’s this for?

Our courses in language proficiency range from beginners to advanced levels. A placement test is conducted at the beginning of the term to place you in the right level. This means that you can enter our program at the level of your current ability in the language and exit after completing one or more levels as per your need.

 

English for Specific/Academic Purposes

 

Who’s this for?

If you are a current student at ZU or any other higher education institution, you have this unique opportunity to join one or more courses according to your identified needs and specific goals for academic study and for life beyond the university.

 

Exam preparation courses (IELTS, SAT, GRE)- 4 weeks intensive or 45 hours spread over a period of one semester

 

Who’s this for?

All students at ZU or at other educational institutions who are looking for high quality learning opportunities to improve their proficiency in language for international exams.

 

Specially designed courses (short 3-5 hour workshops, 10-15 hour short courses, longer up to 30 hour courses- as per need), for example, English for Specific Purposes for Medical Professionals, Language and ELT methodology for in-service teachers

 

Who’s this for?

For teachers, researchers, and various levels of staff in educational institutions as well as in the corporate sector.

In addition, the Center offers support services to all departments/colleges at Ziauddin University for improved teaching-learning of English. This includes needs analysis, curriculum development and review, selection of learning materials and resources, developing assessment procedures and tools, monitoring and evaluation of programs and faculty including faculty appraisal, recruitment of faculty, and faculty development.

 

Qualifications/Certifications

Certificate Courses in English Language

PG Certificate/PG Diploma In English Language Teaching

Spring term: 16 weeks

 Monday, 21 January 2019- Saturday 11 May, 2019

Course specifications and timetable (50 hours; 2 days per week)

Time slot: 4.00-6.00 p.m

Classroom Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Classroom 1 GE level 1 (Beginners) EAP- Level 1

(Intermediate)

GE level 1 (Beginners) EAP-Level1

(Intermediate)

Classroom 2 GE level 2

(False Beginners)

IELTS- Level 1 (Intermediate) GE level 2

(False Beginners)

IELTS- Level 1 (Intermediate)
Classroom 3 GE level 3

(Pre-intermediate)

GE level 3

(Pre-intermediate)

Time slot: 6.00-8.00 p.m

Classroom Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Classroom 1 GE level 4

(Intermediate)

EAP -Level 2

(Post-intermediate)

GE level 4

(Intermediate)

EAP -Level 2

(Post-intermediate)

Classroom 2 GE level 5

(Post-intermediate)

IELTS -Level 2

(Post-intermediate)

GE level 5

(Post-intermediate)

IELTS -Level 2

(Post-intermediate)

Classroom 3 GE level 6

(Advanced)

GE level 6

(Advanced)

GE= General English; EAP= English for Academic Purposes

Course Fee for Spring term:

Course Duration Fee
General English (Levels 1-6) 50 hours over a period of one term 10,000
English for Academic Purposes 50 hours over a period of one term 15,000
Exam Preparation- IELTS (Levels 1-2) 50 hours over a period of one term 15,000

Please note:

  1. An application processing fee of Rs 1,000 will be charged at the time of initial registration.
  2. If the students chooses to exit after one level, they can join the next level after a gap of one semester without registering again as a student.
  3. If a student returns to join a course after a gap of two terms, they will need to register as new students after paying the application processing fee of Rs 1,000.
  4. No student will be admitted without taking the Placements Test.
  5. Levels will be assigned on the basis of Placement Test scores. The decision of the management will be final in this regard.
  6. A certificate will be issued on completing the requirements for each level.
  7. 80% attendance is required to sit for the final exam for certification purposes.

A minimum score of 60% is needed to become eligible for certification for any level/course.