The Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Studies was established at the UVPA in 2006 and English was taught under this centre. However, from year 2009 onwards, the courses began to be conducted by the three respective faculties. Taking into consideration the growing need to learn English amongst UVPA undergraduates, an English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) was established in 2010. The current syllabi, which will be revised along with the consultation of subject experts, will consist of a number of Levels which are to be designed in such a way that the three Faculties have a common core programme consisting of English for General Purposes, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Professional Purposes (EPP). The newly established ELTU aims to teach all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing using a student- centered approach to the teaching of English. Students belonging to all four years are taught the language. It has been made a compulsory credit course for year one and year two students and for those in the third and fourth years, it is an optional subject. If an undergraduate manages to successfully complete all four levels, she/he will be awarded a certificate at the end of the final year by the examination division of the University. The ELTU is presently engaged in the task of designing new courses that aim to look at new, interesting and innovative ways of teaching English as a second language.
Mandatory Course Requirements
- Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.
- Students are required to complete all assessment tasks.
- Students are required to complete the stipulated English courses to a satisfactory standard based on the authorized scales if they are to obtain the degree certificate.
- Only those who complete all four levels are eligible to obtain the special certificate issued by the examination division.