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Introduction to General English

Dear Wenzorians,

On behalf of Center for English Language Teaching (CELT), I would like to firstly, welcome all of you and secondly take the chance to introduce you the center. CELT is the center in charge of General English for the four-year students of the day and night division. For the day division, General English is a 24-credit required course open for fresh persons, sophomores and juniors at Wenzao except those who can waive the course when their CSEPT is higher than 345 [1]. After the placement test in August, students are divided into 9 levels and then receive a systematical and multi-cultural English education. General English aims at:

1. solidifying students basic English skills (4-skill: listening, speaking, reading and writing) to apply what they have learned on their expertise;

2. helping students understand multicultural backgrounds to expand their global vision;

3. activating students acquisition to improve their communicative ability in English;

4. promoting students learning motivation to help them to pass the graduation benchmark.

We sincerely wish you enjoy the courses and learn a lot in General English course. To help you know more about General English, we prepare an FAQ section as follow. However, if you still have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely yours,

Yi-jou Lo

Director of Center for English Language Teaching

[1] Please check Appendix I for the comparison among different kinds of test.

 

With a view to understanding the students' use of FAQs regarding General English Program, please kindly offer assistance with the satisfaction survey.

為了解學生對共同英文課程常見問題集的看法,請撥冗填寫滿意度調查表。

Questionnaire link:

滿意度調查表連結:

https://forms.gle/qWrD4ZovNJxmLbo76

 

Q1

Why are there 9 levels in General English?

為何共同英文要分九級呢?

A1

In August, students will be divided into 9 levels after the placement test. In different levels, different teaching materials and methods are employed to adapt to learners’ English ability. In some basic levels as level 1, 2 and 3, role playing is used to offer students chances to practice oral English. From Level 7 to Level 9, project making replaces the final examination to allow students to have more chances to apply their English in different situations. We believe you will feel more comfortable and less stressed under such an adaptive instruction.

大一新生八月開學前進行分班測驗,根據結果編入九個不同級別。不同的級數會有不同的教材和教學方式。例如,第一到第三級,會運用角色扮演的方式讓學生有機會練習英文口說。從第七到第九級,則以報告甚至專題的方式來取代期末考試,如此的九級制,可配合學生程度,適性教學,並降低學習壓力。

 

Q2

Why do I have six hours in General English while my classmates have only four hours?

為何我英文課一星期有六小時,我同學卻只要四小時而已?

A2

As the aforesaid, students in General English will be divided into 9 different levels. For Level 1 to Level 4 students in the first year and Level 2 to Level 5A students in the sophomore year, extra 2 hours of remedial class will be offered to strengthen students’ English learning.

本校共同英文為九級制,大一第一級到第四級,以及大二第二級到5A,都提供額外兩小時英文課,希望能更有效地強化學生的英文能力。

 

Q3

I am not satisfied with the level I am at right now; how can I be upgraded to a higher level?

我覺得我被分配到的級數課程太簡單了,我可以申請跳級嗎?

A3

1. Students will be in one higher level automatically in the next school year. However, if you want to be upgraded more than one level, you need to match 2 requirements as follows. Firstly, present a certificate of an officially-approved language test to prove your English proficiency. Secondly, your performance in your English course in the previous semester should be ranked at top 50%. According to the center regulations, students can be upgraded to three levels at most.

2. If you are a fresh person, in the first week, you can tell your General English teacher and the teacher can give his/her suggestion to renew your level.

1.每一學年,學生會自動跳一個級數,但學生也可: 1) 憑大專英檢等證明來申請跳級; 2) 前一學期共同英文班上成績必須是班上百分之五十。根據中心規定: 跳級至多只能跳三級。

2.若是大一剛入學,則在剛開學第一周可和任課老師討論,並更改級數。

其他詳見附錄二「日四技共同英文課程升級辦法」

 

Q4

I do not know why I am in such a level. It is too difficult for me. Please put me in a lower level.

我被分配到的級數,課程對我來說實在太難了,我想要降級。

A4

We divide students into 9 levels based on their placement test. We believe students may not do the test well due to many reasons but rarely can a student do the test too well. Therefore, based on the center regulation, students can only ask for skipping to a higher level but not a lower level. If you still feel troubled catching up with students in the level, we recommend you make use of self-learning materials offered by school (especially LDCC, see next Q5).

依照規定,學生只能申請升到更高的級數,但無法申請跳到低級數。如果你還是覺得沒辦法跟上該級數的課程進度,我們建議可利用學校自學資源。(Q5)

 

Q5

If I want to improve my English, can you suggest sources that I can reach?

學校能提供甚麼讓我改善英文呢?

A5

In addition to school library materials (such as books and video sources), we especially highly recommend you go to LDCC (Language Diagnostic and Consulting Center) on the third floor of Lourdes Hall. In this center, you can find teachers to help you find out your learning problems and offer you learning suggestions and many other useful sources. To sum up, materials offered by LDCC include:

 

(a) self-learning software, (b)supplementary materials, (c) mini-club, (d) prescription courses, (e) speaking practice,(f) learning diagnosis, (g) learning consultancy, and (h) learning lectures. In fact, you can earn bonus points by attending or using all these materials. Additionally, around March, the center will invite students who make progress in CSEPT as speakers to share their learning methods. It is also helpful for you to better your English. Welcome to register and join us.

除了學校圖書館的資源,我們強烈推薦你去露德樓的英外語診斷中心。在這個地方,你可找到老師幫你診斷並解決學習上的困難,此外老師也可以提供建議和其他學習資源。英外語診斷中心可提供的教材有:自學軟體、補充教材、小型社團、診斷課程、口說練習、學習診斷、學習顧問以及學習講座。除此之外,你也可以透過使用這些教材來獲得課堂上的加分。同時,每年三月,英語教學中心會邀請大專英檢大幅進步的同學來分享他們的學習方法。也歡迎報名參加。

 

Q6

I am interested in attending contests. Is there any information about English contests?

是否可以提供英文相關競賽的資訊呢?

A6

Yes. CELT would post related information occasionally. Besides, in every semester, at least one contest will be held by the center and you are welcome to take part in the contest. So, please check our homepage regularly.

英語教學中心會不定時發佈相關的競賽資訊。除此之外,在每一個學期,會舉辦至少一項校內競賽。所以,請多多瀏覽中心網頁。

 

Q7

When can I apply for course retaking, make-up course, credit transferring,credit waiving and level upgrading/skipping?

何時可以申請英文重、補修和學分的抵免呢?

A7

The due time is the end of the first week of each semester.

截止日期為每學期的第一個禮拜。

 

Q8

If I want to ask for a leave during mid/final term examination, what can I do?

我共同英文期中或期末考時得請假,我該怎麼辦呢?

A8

Since General English is a general subject taken by Year 1 to Year 3 students, please do understand that leaves are not easily approved. So, please try not to ask for a leave during the mid/final term examination except it is for emergency cases such as serious accidents or acute diseases or on official leave approved of in advance.

因為共英課程是大一到大三的必修課程。所以,除非特殊狀況(如重大意外、疾病或者是先經過校方同意的公假等),請盡量不要在期中考/期末考週請假。

 

Q9

What is a substitute course? Can I take it to waive my General English credits?

甚麼是替代課程?我可以修這門課抵免共同英文嗎?

A9

A substitute course is open only for the senior to pass the graduation benchmark. It in fact is not a regular course and therefore you cannot waive your General English credits by attending such a course.

替代課程是給大四學生通過畢業門檻所設的課程。它不是正規科目, 所以無法用來抵免其通共同英文課程。

 

Q10

I am not a major in English. Why should I spend so much time taking General English?

我又不是英文系的學生,為何要修這麼多的英文課?

A10

English has become a tool commonly used among people of all walks of life. It is a global language and learning English definitely is helpful for you to communicate with people around the world. Besides, English can be a plus benefit in your future work. For example, if you are a major in Communication Arts, English can help you to reach more global information about communication arts. Even if you take Chinese as your major, English would be beneficial for you to find a job of teaching Chinese internationally. Thus, learning English well would help better your future.

英文已是生活中必要的交流工具,是全球化的語言。學習英文能幫助你和世界各國的人交流。此外,英文對你未來的工作會有額外的幫助。例如,如果你是傳播藝術系,英文可以讓你了解全球上各個傳播藝術的相關資訊。即使你是主修中文,在找教中文的工作上,英文自然會是主要利基。所以,學好英文對你會有更大的幫助。

 

Q11

I have taken some English courses before. Can I waive my General English credits?

我以前有修過一些英文課,是否可以抵免共同英文課呢?

A11

It is possible. Please come to the center and bring the syllabus with the course description and objectives for us to check whether the course you would like to waive the credits with matches the requirements for our General English course.However, please allow us to remind you that only courses which are taken within six years are valid for the application.

是可能的。請準備課程資訊和課綱到中心辦理,但須提醒你,要抵免的相關科目必須是 6 年內修過課程才能申請。

其他詳見附錄三「文藻外語大學英語教學中心共同英文科目學分免修與抵免方法」

 

Q12

I do not need to take General English, however, I still need to take courses to earn 24 credits. Is there any suggestion for me?

我不需要修共同英文,但仍需要修滿 24 學分,中心是否能給予建議呢?

A12

 First of all, congratulations. If you do not need to take General English, this means you must have a good command of English. Next, for the 24 credits you need to take, the center offers several selective courses such as Business English, Academic Writing, English Proficiency Test Skills and so on. You are welcome to take any of them. Besides, you can also take courses in other departments (which means, courses that are not English-based) approved by the department you belong to waive the 24 credits and to develop more of your specialty in the meantime.

先恭喜你,如果你不用修共同英文,代表你英文程度非常好。其次,中心也提供一些選修課程如學術英文寫作或是英文檢定技巧等,歡迎同學來修習。此外,你可以修習你所屬系所認可的課程(英文無相關也可),來抵免 24 學分以及同時發展自己的專長。