Language Development Center (LDC)
The Language Development Center provides English language support to the FCCU community at large. The Center was created in 2013 and is now part of the Humanities faculty.
The LDC’s primary program is Intensive English for Academic Preparation (IEAP). The IEAP helps applicants who are unable to pass the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT) to improve their language skills through a well-designed, multilevel program which covers reading, writing, listening and speaking. After completing the fifth level of the IEAP program, students retake the FEAT to enter Baccalaureate.
Baccalaureate students are catered for through specialized short-term workshops in public speaking and making presentations. In exceptional cases, Baccalaureate students who feels unable to cope with the English requirements of their studies, can freeze their university semester and join the IEAP program for remedial English. Postgraduate students have also been helped with improving their listening and speaking skills.
Staff professional development is done through semester-long English Conversation courses, as well as short workshops on topics such as making effective presentations, writing professional emails and telephone etiquette. Some of these workshops are also open for faculty.
The LDC also runs classes for FCCU faculty to help them pass the Versant English Test (VET) at the level required by their discipline. The LDC has also conducted short workshops for faculty on specialized topics such as using storytelling as a teaching tool and recognizing dyslexia in English language teaching.
Couldn’t get through the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT)?
The Intensive English for Academic Preparation (IEAP) program is primarily for FCC applicants to transition into the Baccalaureate program. Applicants unable to pass the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT) can join the IEAP to improve their language skills through a structured and comprehensive program which covers reading, writing, listening and speaking. Completing the IEAP program not only gives students the opportunity to significantly improve their academic English, it also helps them succeed during their Baccalaureate studies and in their future careers.
In IEAP students are trained in:
- Academic reading
- Understanding lectures
- Essay writing
- Public speaking
- Making presentations
- Communicative English
- Critical thinking
- Study skills
- Computer skills
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- 5 sessions each year: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer.
- Each session lasts seven weeks.
- Fees are paid by session.
- Levels progress from 1 to 5; each level has a Reading/Writing component and a Listening/Speaking component.
- Students are placed in a Level based on computerized placement tests.
- Students must pass the Level exam to proceed to the next Level; certificates awarded on successful completion of each Level.
- After passing Level 5, students can sit again for the FEAT. Passing the FEAT with the required T-Score for a particular program admits a student into the relevant FCC Baccalaureate Honors program.
- Total duration depends on entry Level and progress in each Level. Students joining in Level 1 will require one academic year to complete the program while those joining in level 4 will need only one semester.
- IE 091A: Listening & Speaking 1
Focuses on developing listening and speaking skills through listening for syllable stress, recognizing word boundaries and reduced forms of speech, and listening for opinions. Speech is developed through role plays, targeted vocabulary, surveys, and asking ‘5-W’ and follow-up questions.
- IE 091B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 1
Students are trained in pre-reading and active reading skills such as questioning, predicting, sequencing, and cause and effect. Producing well developed sentences is the focus of writing, while paragraph writing is introduced.
- IE 092A: Listening & Speaking 2
Students gain listening skills such as listening for a speaker’s attitude, word recognition, understanding directions, following sequences and understanding cause and effect. Speaking skills include expressing opinions, participating in panel discussions, describing steps in a process, and making suggestions.
- IE 092B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 2
Focuses on developing reading, writing, and study skills, as well as critical thinking skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating. Using context to understand unfamiliar words, making charts to organize information, summarizing skills, taking notes, and identifying author’s purpose are skills taught to develop reading ability. Topic sentence writing, prewriting skills, and writing of paragraphs of different genres are the writing focus.
- IE 093A: Listening & Speaking 3
Develops listening and speaking skills through listening for intonation, phrases, distinguishing fact from opinion, and figurative expressions. The focus of development for speaking skills includes the use of idioms, intonation to convey meaning, methods of introduction in a presentation, giving explanations using reasons, tag questions, and modals. Skills for gaining information from an academic lecture are introduced.
- IE 093B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 3
Reading, writing, and study skills are increased through training in scanning, reading for gist, and utilizing headings, footnotes, photos and other extra-textual material for gaining understanding. Writing paragraphs of different genres is introduced and practiced. Beginning essay skills are introduced.
- IE 094A: Listening & Speaking 4
Focuses on developing listening and speaking skills. Specifically, students are trained in how to take notes in an academic lecture, using notes to prepare for tests, and what to listen for in informal classroom interviews. Participation in classroom discussions and formal presentation skills are also taught.
- IE 094B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 4
Students learn how to read academic texts, how to think critically about what has been read, strategies for vocabulary development, techniques for note-taking, and test preparation methodologies. Essay writing is developed and practiced.
- IE 095A: Listening & Speaking 5
Focuses on developing listening and speaking skills through brainstorming, thinking critically about a topic and then stating your opinion, and participating in active classroom discussions. Listening for stressed words, vocal cues, opinions, and drawing inferences are taught.
- IE 095B: Reading, Writing & Study Skills 5
Focuses on developing reading, writing, and study skills. Main reading skills presented are personalizing the text, skimming, increasing reading speed, and reading for details as well as main ideas. Writing skills include using passive voice, linking ideas in a text, and writing several genres of essay.
- Language Lab
A computer language lab is available exclusively for IEAP students. Students can access listening files and internet-based enrichment lessons daily, in order to complement their classroom instruction.
- IEAP Computer Skills
IEAP computer skills complement the IEAP coursework. These classes are available throughout the year at no extra charge for IEAP students.
- Typing I
- Typing II
- Word I
- Word II
- IEAP Library
IEAP students have access to a dedicated library where they can borrow books and DVDs to take home. Books are categorized according to Lexile measures so that students can select books appropriate to their reading levels. Watching films increases the students’ exposure to spoken English and improves their familiarity with various English accents.
- Financial Aid
IEAP students who prove genuine need can receive Financial Aid by applying at the Financial Aid Office. For IEAP students, Financial Aid is offered for a full five years, so that both their English development and their Baccalaureate studies are covered.
- Student Life
The IEAP conducts various extra-curricular activities which allow students to practice English beyond the classroom environment as well as have fun. As full members of the Forman Christian College community, they are also able to join freely in university events and societies.
- What is IEAP?
Intensive English for Academic Preparation (IEAP) is one of the programs run by the Language Development Center (LDC) of Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). It helps applicants enter the FCC Baccalaureate program. Applicants unable to pass the English component of the Forman Entrance Admission Test (FEAT) can join the IEAP to improve their language skills through a well-designed program which covers reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- What is the IEAP program structure?
The IEAP program is divided into five Levels, progressing from Level 1 to Level 5. Each Level has a Reading/Writing component and a Listening/Speaking component. Each Level is taught for a seven-week session. Students must pass the Level exams to proceed to the next Level. If a student fails a Level, they may retake it only once more. Certificates are awarded for each Level completed successfully.
- How do I enter the IEAP program?
If an applicant has a good T-score but is below 85 in the English component of FEAT, they are contacted by the Admissions Office to get in touch with the LDC. The LDC staff will explain the IEAP program and its benefits to the applicant. If the applicant then decides to enroll in IEAP, they are given challan forms to pay the admission fee (Rs 25,000) and refundable security fee (Rs 20,000). After payment of these fees, IEAP students receive an FCC roll number from the Admissions Office. (The fees for IEAP are paid separately.) Finally, the student is placed in an IEAP Level based on an aggregate of their FEAT English and Placement Test scores. Students may be placed in any Level from 1 through 4.
- What is the Placement Test?
The Placement Test is a computerized test, similar to FEAT, but with no Math component. The Placement Test has two additional components: a listening comprehension section and a 350-word essay to assess writing skills. There is no fee for the Placement test. To prepare for the Placement Test, applicants should read English regularly and watch English-language movies.
- How do I enter the Baccalaureate program after completing the IEAP program?
After passing Level 5, students must again sit for the FEAT. There is no fee for FEAT retakes for IEAP students. Students must pass both the English and Math components of the FEAT to be admitted into the FCC Baccalaureate program.
- What is the duration of the IEAP program and how long will it take for me to pass Level 5?
There are five IEAP sessions each year: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer. Each session lasts seven weeks and fees are paid per session. The total time a student spends in the program depends on their entry Level and progress in each Level. For example, if a student enters in Level 4 and passes the Level in the first attempt, and subsequently passes Level 5 in the first attempt, they will be able to re-sit the FEAT after 14 weeks. If a student enters in Level 1 and passes each subsequent Level without failing, they will require five sessions (equal to one academic year) to complete all Levels.
- What happens if I fail a Level?
IEAP students are allowed to attempt a Level twice. If a student fails a Level two times, they will be asked to leave the program.
- What happens if I fail the FEAT after passing Level 5?
IEAP students are allowed to attempt the FEAT, at no cost, up to three times after passing Level 5. For students who suffer anxiety in taking tests, the LDC arranges counseling sessions with FCC’s student counselors. If a student fails the FEAT three times, they will be asked to leave the program.
- Why should I join the IEAP program instead of an academy teaching English?
The IEAP program is different from English taught in an academy. English language requirements for the faculty are extremely high and the ratio of students to teachers is low, so students get one-to-one attention. The program prepares students specifically for FCC university studies. Students read, write, listen to and speak only English during classes. IEAP students not only improve their English proficiency but also gain confidence and academic skills for university success.
- What do the IEAP courses include?
They include vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, academic reading, understanding lectures, essay writing, public speaking, making presentations, critical thinking and study skills.
- In addition to English language skills, what does the IEAP program offer?
Computer skills classes are offered which complement IEAP coursework. These classes are available throughout the year at no extra charge and include typing, word processing (MS Word) and electronic presentations (MS PowerPoint). There are also compulsory field trips every year so that students can increase their awareness of our national heritage. These skills and knowledge will benefit students once they are in the Baccalaureate program as well as in their future professional lives.
- What facilities does the IEAP program offer?
IEAP classes are held in air-conditioned classrooms with access to multimedia. A computer language lab is available exclusively for IEAP students where they learn computer skills and can access listening files and internet-based lessons to complement their class work. IEAP students have their own library where they can borrow books of various reading levels. They can also borrow DVDs, thus increasing their exposure to spoken English and improving their familiarity with various English accents.
- Does IEAP offer any extra-curricular activities?
The LDC arranges field trips for students to practice English beyond the classroom environment as well as have fun. IEAP students can also join in all university events and societies.
- Will there be any CoVid restrictions?
Yes, we follow the SOPs required by the NCOC and HEC. On-campus teaching requires all faculty and students to be double vaccinated and to wear masks. When required, we will change our teaching from face-to-face to online and back. And field trips and extra-curricular activities are subject to CoVid precautions i.e. they might be postponed or cancelled at short notice.
- How much does each IEAP session cost?
The fee for a 7-week IEAP session during the academic year 2021-2022 is Rs 57,500 plus tax. Fee payment deadlines for Fall 1 (2021) sessions are Rs 28,750 on 14 November 2021 and Rs 28,750 on 16 December 2021. Tax may be applicable.
- Are IEAP students eligible for financial aid?
IEAP students who prove genuine need can receive financial aid by applying to the Financial Aid Office. IEAP students are offered financial aid for a full five years, covering both their English development and Baccalaureate studies. Financial aid is NOT offered during Summer sessions.
- Are IEAP students eligible for hostel accommodation?
FCC has five on-campus hostels for male students and one (Hope Tower) for female students. Demand is very high and there are limited places, so the earlier an IEAP student applies for hostel accommodation, the greater their chance of obtaining a place.
- How can I contact the LDC about the IEAP program?
HoD: Room E-234, Business & Social Sciences Building, FCCU
LDC Office: Room E-245, Business & Social Sciences Building, FCCU
Landline: (042) 99231581-8 Ext: 631/632
Mobile: (0321) 8401564
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