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Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is the largest of the seven faculties in terms of both the number of students and staff. Student enrolment in the Faculty of Arts is approximately 3500 and at present there are over 650 1st year undergraduates. Academic lectures are conducted in all three media (Sinhalese, Tamil & English).

The ELTU conducts English language classes for students in their first, second and third years and special certificate courses are conducted for final year students.


Courses

English Language Course – 1st Year

New entrants are given a common placement test and are divided into 3 levels according to their competence in English. (ESL 101, ESL 103 & ESL 105)

ESL 101
Approximately 200 students who score 0-20 marks from the common placement test are in this group. ESL 101 course is geared towards developing communicative competence, focusing largely on fluency and increasing the students’ exposure to the English language. Grammatical structures are used in interaction (listening and speaking) and taught through stories that would appeal to the students’ age group and interest. Once they have a basic understanding in the language, the students are introduced to more academically oriented material.

ESL 103
Approximately 300 students who score 21- 50 marks from the common placement test fall into this category. Grammatical structure are taught in writing and used in interaction (listening & speaking). Speech activities encourage students to improve their communicative skills in the English language and focus largely on fluency. General reading passages and stories that would appeal to the student’s age group are given for reading comprehension.

ESL 105
Approximately 180 students are in this group.
Reading comprises of reading comprehension .Furthermore, the material is largely geared towards improving the students’ ability to identify the subject and the predicate in a sentence, comparisons, and the cause and effect relationship in a given passage.
The writing component which includes a grammar course develops in students the ability to write coherent sentences and also helps them to achieve the fluency needed to construct longer units of thought.
Listening exercises are based on a wide range of topics and contain a variety of functional tasks.
Speech activities form a separate component and focus on giving the learners the confidence to interact in a multiplicity of situations through the language.

English language Course For The Second Year Students

In the second year the students are divided into Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels according to the marks they obtain at the 1st year end semester examination.

Lower Intermediate Level (ESL 201)
Grammatical structures are taught in writing and speech activities. The latter also includes speech activities to enhance the students’ communicative skills. Reading includes general reading passages and exercises.

Intermediate Level (ESL 203)
In reading, the students are introduced to scanning, skimming and reducing passages to note form. Writing includes a grammar course that develops in students the ability to write coherent sentences focusing largely on fluency that would enable them to construct longer units of thought.
Listening activities contain a variety of functional tasks.
Speech activities focus on giving the learners the confidence to interact in a multiplicity of situations through the language

English Language Course- 3rd Year

Writing in the third year includes sentence patterns, grammatical structures and interpreting diagrams and charts. Academically oriented reading passages largely focus on reading comprehension. The 3rd year students are taught presentation skills. For practice, they have to conduct research on a subject related or on a current topic and present it in class.


Courses conducted under the IRQUE- IBG 1 &2 ( World Bank Project)

At present the ELTU with the help of the Career Guidance Unit of the University of Peradeniya are conducting career guidance course in English medium for a selected noumber of second year undergraduates.

An English and Skills Development Programme is conducted for the final year undergraduates at the Faculty of Arts. This includes teaching of all four skills ( reading, writing, listening and speaking) in English. Also included in this programme is English through IT. This course is held at the weekends and it enables students to practise English language and its four skills using computers.

Other courses

The ELTU conducts a weekend English course of approximately 7 weeks duration, for students enrolled in MA and MPhil programmes.

The ELTU has conducted English courses for the technical staff in faculties, library staff, and non academic staff, whenever a request for such courses have been made.