Diploma of English Language (DEL)
Star Educational Society applies practical, interesting and productive method for teaching English as a second language in the five levels of Introductory, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. Each course is one semester and each semester is 2 – 2 1/2 months. If a student does not fail or drop a course, he/she will be fully prepared to start a TOEFL preparation class within 2 – 2 1/2 years. Quiz competitions, educational programs speech contests, grammar quizzes, midterm exams and final exams are part of the syllabus and include some of the routine and continuous activities at Star branches.
Our introductory courses are for absolute beginners. These are the only two courses, called Prep 1 and Prep 2, for which there is no placement test necessary. Each of these courses have two exams as the mid-term and final. In these two exams the focus is on dictation and vocabulary. The classes are practical and the teachers do their best to make the class a moment of fun with many interactive games and easy conversations. The two books are Oxford University Press publications of New Active English Book 1 and 2 supplemented by Let’s Go 1 and Let’s Go 2. By the end of Prep 2, the teacher speaks completely English but the student can speak a mixture of English and his/her native language.
Junior Beginner is known to be the most difficult and challenging course with the grammar and vocabulary very similar to Prep 2. But the most important challenge a student encounters is to adapt to an entirely English speaking environment. The student will be fined if he/she speaks any language other than English. The focus in this class is conversation and dictation with some chance for the students to improve their vocabulary.
Senior Beginner course is the 2nd beginner class and begins with New American Streamline: Departure, Part 1, Units 1 to 40 or New Interchange depending on the internal voting system that each administration and independent branch’s faculty decide. In this course, discussion, some basic grammar and vocabulary are important. Teachers tend to distribute some simple short stories as reading assignments for students as well. This class provides students a chance to excel their speaking by coming in front of the class and speaking about a given title which is referred to on the weekly calendar as “topic.”
Level 1 is an important level at Star Educational Society. Most students learn the proper use of twelve tenses and the eight commonly accepted parts of speech as their backbone of grammar. If the textbook is Streamline: Departure, Part 2, Units 41-80 will be applied in this course. The main focus is pronunciation and grammar.
Level 2 is another key course for improving English speaking fluency among students. The textbook is mostly New American Streamline: Connection Part 1, units 1-40. In a sense the students learn to take more active part in classroom discussions and deliver better speeches on their given topics on a weekly basis. The titles for the discussions are therefore so carefully chosen as simple but provocative. This course is also called a review course of some of the key grammar and vocabulary students learned in the past semesters. In this course another focus is inception of the 504 Absolutely Essential Words which are applied on a weekly basis. Every week the students learn twelve most important vocabulary from that book as a supplement for their vocabulary exercises. Teachers tend to teach Essential Grammar in Use as well.
Level 3 is mainly known as a grammar level at Star, that is based on the long legacy of important grammar points which appear in this class for the first time. Especially noun clauses in the case of included question into question and included question into statement, adjective clauses in the case of relative clauses and adverb clauses. The textbook is mostly New American Streamline: Connection Part 2, units 41-80. In this class the focus is grammar. English Grammar in Use and A Practical English Grammar are some of the very few sources of grammar teachers tend to teach from. Understanding and Using English Grammar is another interesting book which is widely used. At Star 504 continues in this course. Another important factor of this course is the compelling use of additional grammar exercises for conditional sentences, direct and indirect speech, and passive voice.
Level 4 is known as the Upper Intermediate level. The textbook is mostly New American Streamline: Destination Part 1, units 1-40. In this level, similar to Level 2, the class is mainly a discussion course with a purpose of improving speaking and listening techniques. The focus is vocabulary and reviews the major themes and topics of previous levels. In this course a major part of 504 vocabulary of the previous classes will also be addressed as quiz competitions. The interactive, interesting and conversation-rich class makes it a memorable experience of English language learning at Star.
Level 5 is known as the Upper Intermediate level. The textbook is mostly New American Streamline: Destination Part 2, units 41-80. This is an Upper Intermediate class. The students master most of the major grammar points. This course includes a thorough and deep study of all the noun clauses, adjective clauses and adverb clauses studied in Level 3. Some of the most interesting points of grammar are taught based on a practical English grammar. Semi-model auxiliary, clauses and essay writing are some of the basic introduction of advanced concepts. Upon the completion of this level, a student is considered to have completed the post-basic courses provided by the Society. The series of American Streamline finishes and for getting into Level 6 students already are considered advanced students.
Level 6 does not have a specific book. It’s an introduction for the advanced courses. Writing is the most important foundation of this class. Many of the successful Level 6 teachers address this class as an opportunity to focus on all the four important skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening. In this course, connectives or transition words, common mistakes in English, vocabulary in use, differences between American and British English in terms of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are addressed. Both Vocabulary in Use and 1100 words are supplemental vocabulary books of this course. Many instructors help their students with learning how to use their English vocabulary and grammar correctly. This class can be very tricky and picky. Common grammar mistakes in speaking and writing are not tolerated. Some students are downgraded from this level if they are not careful with the accuracy of their English. The Level 6 instructors are mostly in constant competition with the Advanced Level instructors. Star Educational Society teachers of Level 6 are therefore very careful with who they send to Advanced Levels. Upon the completion of this level students are awarded a completion certificate. The completion certificate is a certification of students’ ability to write, read, listen and speak without “blunders.”
Advanced A and Advanced B are the two Advanced diploma courses. At Star Educational Society the purpose of advanced classes is to prepare students for university life. Students must consider these two classes as a university success course. Advanced A and B are two parallel courses with continuous weekly quizzes, major assignments, diary, movie assignments and portfolio. In these courses students learn how to write an academic essay, how to write a summary, how to paraphrase, the danger of plagiarism and how to use MLA. Four different kinds of essays are taught in these two courses. The process essay, the comparative summary essay, argumentative essay and academic essay. The academic essay will be a major assignment due at the end of each advanced semester. Academic essays are reviewed, commented, and properly referenced. The eight major standards by which academic essays are checked are: 1) complexity, 2) objectivity, 3) hedging, 4) responsibility, 5) precision, 6) formality, 7) explicitness, and 8) accuracy. Star graduates will be familiar with academic writing as well as the difference styles of bibliography, similes and analogies and some basics of English literature.
Advanced English Package
Star Educational Society is introducing a tremendous opportunity to enhance your Academic English capability with a focus on advanced writing skills. The Advanced English Package at Star introduces several interesting and yet indispensable writing and reading practices which will enable you to master your essay writing and reading techniques.
In Advance A and B, you will be taught the basics of essay writing, summary and paraphrasing and some of the most important tips for essays such as How to Write an Academic Essay, Process Essay, Comparative Summary Essay, Argumentative Essays or Argument Writing, Features of Academic Writing, Referencing and MLA referencing rules, Citations, Analogy and Simile, Metaphors & avoiding Plagiarism.
In the Teacher Training Course, you can hone your presentation and the teaching skills necessary in teaching English as a foreign language in our classes on language awareness, teaching vocabulary, planning lessons (5ps), productive skills – writing and speaking, classroom management, the roles of teachers and learner: approaches and methods, Receptive skills – listening and reading, teaching grammar, vocabulary meaning and its relationship with context and finally pronunciation.
In our Creative Writing Class, students will cover an extensive range of topics including: the scope and diversity of Creative Writing, dialogue, Point of View, NonFiction, Writing Poetry, Writing Articles and Journalistic Pieces, Writing Dramas, Scripts and Screenplays, The importance of Editing, Overcoming Writer’s Block, Unlocking Your Creativity, Resources for Writers, and Publishing Your Writing. In addition to these topics, you will also learn how to write reflection and response papers, movie reviews and book reviews.
Our Research Methods class is designed to prepare you for higher education in English-speaking countries and at a growing number of institutions around the world that use the English language as a medium of instruction. Writing academic research papers are among many of the major assignments that one needs to undertake in universities around the globe. This introductory course will allow students to advance their understanding of research by learning about research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the research process elements within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will become familiar with theoretical groundwork so they can critically review literature related to their field of study and identify the findings of their research to inform their understanding of their topic.
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