Department of Languages
About The Department
The Department of Languages is responsible for conducting the English Language and Communication components in the academic programmes as well as the proficiency courses. The department is well-equipped to carry out these responsibilities in light of the high-quality staff and excellent facilities available not only in the University, but also within the department. Students following the various English Language programmes are given every opportunity and full support to enhance their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The Department of Languages is well-supported by a highly qualified 22-member team of dedicated English lecturers. Members of the staff are carefully selected based on their pertinent qualification of teaching English especially in teaching English as a Second/ Foreign Language. Another criterion for selection of lecturers is their relevant teaching experience. The lecturers are qualified and have the necessary experience to teach English and Communication modules at different levels for the various programmes in the university. This group of proactive and motivated lecturers is totally committed to the teaching tasks assigned to them. They strongly believe in bringing out the best in students both inside, and outside the classroom.
In Nilai University, your first step is arming yourself with a suitable proficiency of the English Language. Learning English is probably the best step one can take to improve one’s life. Everything is easier when you can speak and write in English; accomplishments are easier, success comes faster, personal and professional goals are achievable. Most multinational companies require their employees to speak English as English is the main language for international trade. Being proficient in any language is surely an asset, but being proficient in English opens the door to a lot more golden opportunities.
It is our dream to have our students’ graduate, not only with a degree, but with the necessary skills to succeed in life. The English lecturers will assist you in overcoming the challenges in terms of language skills. Here, we encourage personal growth and prepare our students for graduate studies, careers and community services.
We help individuals communicate Effectively, Efficiently, Persuasively, & Concisely.
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Facilities of Language
Language Activity Room
The department’s language activity room also acts as a reading corner for students to use during their free time. Students can spend their time here to inculcate the habit of reading. The activity room is also used for Language Games and video viewing. Language games, such as Scrabble, Boggle, Hangman and Up Words, enable students to have the opportunity to use the language within a structured context. During the video viewing sessions, materials produced by the BBC and English movie DVDs are provided. Through these, the students are exposed to English spoken by native speakers.
Self Access Centre
The Self Access Centre (SAC) is located at the main library in the Resource Centre. It is equipped with various facilities which are accessible to students whenever the library is open. Here, students can learn English through listening to CDs or watching DVDs. Students also may attempt certain language activities based on the movies. The answers to these exercises are provided so that students can assess their own work. Alternatively, students can choose to do other exercises using the materials available in the SAC. Again, answers to these exercises are provided for students’ self-evaluation.
Fully-Computerised Digital Language Laboratory
Students go to the laboratory for Computer – Assisted Language Learning lessons. Its state-of-the-art components include a classroom management system, an advanced digital voice recorder and content digitizing tools. Students use the laboratory during their Listening & Speaking class where they are exposed to audio materials from authentic sources. The system also allows students to participate in speaking activities where they must respond to audio stimulus from their teacher or their fellow classmates. All of these activities could be recorded and be made available for evaluation.
For the writing and grammar classes, students have access to different software. The Azar software provides grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking exercises. Grammar exercises are also available in the Tense Buster, internationally used software. Currently, it is one of the grammar software which includes an integrated authoring tool. Spelling fusion and Clarity are other software available.
Student Success Stories
Please email Sharifah Halimah Syed Jafar (Head, Department of Social Sciences and American Degree Transfer Program) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 06-8502338 (ext 412).
The Intensive English Programme (IEP) is strictly a preparatory course designed to help foreign and local students acquire a satisfactory English proficiency level before they gain admission into the academic programmes.
Students (usually international students from non-English speaking countries) initially apply for other courses, and if they do not have the relevant language qualifications, they are refered to the Department of Languages. Students who do not wish to progress to other programmes but are interested in improving their language proficiency may also apply. Upon completion, they will receive a certificate of attendance .
Potential students should
- have a basic knowledge of English Grammar,
- be aware of the four language skills, and
- sit for the Intensive English Programme Placement Test (IEPPT).
Upon completion of the IEPPT, students are placed in the IEP classes according to their scores:
- IEP (Basic) - 0 – 22 marks
- IEP (Elementary) - 23 – 54 marks
- IEP (Intermediate) - 55 – 69 marks
Nilai U’s Department of Languages offers the Intensive English Programme. It also offers other Communication and Academic English Courses supporting other programmes from the various schools