English Program Overview

Facts and figures:

  • ·         The English Program prepares more than 70.000 students from the 80 different careers and 9 faculties per year.
  • ·         To ensure an effective learning environment, the English classes cannot have more than 20 students.
  • ·         20.000 students take the TOEIC Bridge international certification every year.
  • ·         The Program develops more than 40 different subjects in general English and ESP courses.
  • ·         All the students receive a customized, high-quality, and authentic learning material from Oxford University Press, Educational Testing Services and other world known publishers.
  • ·         Over 350 certified EFL instructors teach more than 70.000 students per year.
  • ·         The Teacher Internship Program (TIP) brings TEFL-certified English native speakers from various countries to teach at Duoc UC every year.
  • ·         The English Program is a participating member of the Oxford Quality Programme, a distinction given to a selected number of schools and organizations worldwide, that are committed to excellence in the teaching of English as a foreign language, by using high quality material, educational solutions and collaboration from Oxford University Press.
  • ·         Most EFL staff members have access to a wide variaty of professional development opportunities both at campus or at national level.

 

Teaching Approach

Methodological approach to teaching English with DuocUC
An English lesson at DuocUC should be a fun and a natural language experience where the students learn English in the process of real life communication. The language content is presented through functional and communicative tasks triggering spontaneous interaction of the spoken language. 
Learning should be accompanied with contemporary course books, teaching aids, real objects, and information technologies. Group work and pair work activities should prevail during the course resembling everyday situations. Role plays and open chats should be implemented in every class. 
Ideally, the sitting arrangement should be in the form of a ‘U’ creating a friendly environment. The teacher should focus on functional and meaningful communication, vocabulary, pronunciation, and intonation rather than form and accuracy. Correction and feedback should be provided not interrupting the students as they participate. Making mistakes is the only way to improve one’s language.
Listening, speaking, reading and writing activities should be task-based. Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation activities should also be practical and amusing. They should be embedded in communicative situations.
Oral and written assessment should aim at measuring the students’ communicative proficiency in various social and workplace contexts over formal linguistic aspects like: grammar, spelling, and varieties of English. 

 

English Levels and Can do´s

OBJECTIVES
Duoc students should be able to communicate themselves in English both in oral and written forms according to CEFR International Standards (Common European Framework Reference for Languages).
  • Level 1: A1 
  • Level 2: A1 – A2 
  • Level 3: A2 – B1
Lines of Courses
The following is the line of courses  available at DuocUC English Program:

EFL regular courses: Starter (INU111-INU211), Level 1 (INU311-INU411) and Level 2 (INU511-INU611)
EFL intensive courses: Starter (INU100), Level 1 (INU300) and Level 2 (INU500)
EFL blended courses: Starter (INPV111-INPV211) and Level 1 (INPV311-INPV411)
EFL Blended intensive courses: Starter (INPV100) and Level 1 (INPV300)
English for Specific Purpose (ESP) courses