General English Course: Beginner : Continuing-Education : Deanship of Community Service & Continuing Education :: PMU

General English Course: Beginner

Course Description

The Beginner level contains 4 separate modules:


Student are tested into a module using an internationally recognized placement test.  Once a student passes a module, they progress to the next. When they have completed all modules, they may enter the Intermediate level.
This course aims to develop the communication skills of A0 level to A2 level English learners. The course aims to build the skills of the EFL learner to (1) acquire active and passive vocabulary, (2) practice speaking for general communicative purposes, and (3) listen for comprehension and production of an appropriate response. In a classroom based on an integrative approach – comprised of student centered, interactive activities – the learner acquires beginner-level communicative competence in vocabulary, speaking, and listening. Follow-up practice takes place with the use of online resources. Learning outcomes are met through a student-centered classroom that emphasizes internalization and mastery of the English language. The teacher serves as facilitator in the students’ learning process.

Course Duration

Beginner Level Schedule  (Each Module = four weeks)

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
16:00 – 18:00 Beginner Group 1 Beginner Group 1 Beginner Group 1 Beginner Group 1
18:00 – 20:00 Beginner Group 2 Beginner Group 2 Beginner Group 2 Beginner Group 2

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have mastered the ability to give a simple description or presentation of people, living or working conditions, daily routines, likes, dislikes etc. as a short series of simple sentences, compound sentences (using “and”, “but”, “or”, “so”), and complex sentences (using “if”, “when”, “because”, “after”, “before”, “as soon as”). They will be able to describe actions happening in the past using past tense and time markers as well as in present using the present progressive tense. They will be able to express agreement, disagreement, and general opinions. They will begin to be able to compare and contrast familiar scenes using appropriate vocabulary. Students will also be able to reasonably and fluently sustain a straightforward description of one of a variety of subjects within his/her interests presenting it as a linear sequence of points. They will understand explicit messages of spoken communication on familiar topics and make basic inferences. They can communicate with EFL instructors about daily needs and problems using classroom, university, and everyday vocabulary related to their level.

The course includes:

  • Daily coursework: daily short listening, speaking, and vocabulary activities prompted by short readings
  • Class participation: regular attendance & active involvement in pair work, group work, and all-class activities
  • Assessment: Mid-module test and Final test
  • Course report
  • Homebased basic reading and writing activities
  • Completion certificate


  • Online courses with expert instructors are available.
  • LMS: Blackboard Collaborate
  • Flexible learning
  • Ebooks provided

Other Required Items for Class:

  • A4­sized notebook paper
  • Pencils with an eraser
  • Pens
  • An extra folder for loose handouts
  • Laptop computer with wireless capability, audio headset and MS Windows and Office in English
  • English/English Learner Dictionary, English/Arabic ­ Arabic/English dictionary or online equivalents