English at ECMIT

Emirates College of Management and Information Technology is one of the well reputed colleges in the UAE. It offers the Bachelors Program in Business Administration, the Associate of Science in Business and Information Technology.

Keeping in mind the recurring demand for candidates well versed in English in the global market, ECMIT has decided to launch the continuing education program.

English is a universal language and one needs to be well versed in it so as to enhance the chances for a successful and bright career. ECMIT offers a series of courses that prepares you for effective communication in English. It is designed to develop the four language skills, namely reading, listening, speaking, and writing in English.  At ECMIT, you will

  1. Learn to be an effective communicator

  2. Prepare yourself for university level entrance exams like  TOEFL and IELTS

ECMIT is proud of its well qualified teachers with wide teaching experience, curriculum development experience, a high level of fluency and computer literacy. They are highly skilled in motivating learners and developing material or tailoring courses according to the needs of learners. The learning environment is motivating and encouraging. The class is a learner-centred class where learners are engaged in activities that provide opportunities for real use of the language. The atmosphere of learning is friendly and relaxing as well as serious.

The English courses at ECMIT:
  1. Motivate learners through interesting texts

  2. Present and practice vocabulary, expressions and idiomatic language

  3. Provide receptive and productive pronunciation work

  4. Focus on oral fluency

  5. Encourage self-learning, including tips and advice

  6. Tackle simple and practical aspects of structure

  7. Develop the skills in an integrated way in context

  8. Practice functional language in social situations

Students will take a Diagnostic Test that will determine the level of the student and this will facilitate the learning process.  There are six levels.

Beginner Level:

Duration: 6 Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED 1500/-

It is designed to help students get the basics of the language with much focus on the oral communication skill. The students will be taught about:

  1. Names and Occupations

  2. Relationships

  3. Directions and Transportations

  4. People

  5. Events and Time

  6. Clothes

  7. Home and Work

  8. Activities

  9. Weather and Ongoing Activities

  10. Food

  11. Past Events

  12. Appearance and Health

  13. Abilities and Requests

  14. Past, Present and Future Plans

The following topics will be covered in Grammar:
  1. The form ‘Be’; Singular and Plural Statements; Singular and Plural Nouns,; Proper Nouns and Common Nouns

  2. Possessive Adjectives; Information Questions with What

  3. Questions with Where; Subjective Pronoun It; There is; The Imperative

  4. Questions with Who; Has/ Have Affirmative Statements; Questions with How old; Adjective-Very and So

  5. Questions about Time; Prepositions of Time and Place

  6. This, That, These, Those;  Simple Present Tense—Affirmative Statements, es and No Questions, Information Questions

  7. Prepositions of Place; There is, There are; A lot of

  8. Simple Present Tense—Third Person Singular, Habitual Activities; Questions with How often; Frequency of Adverbs

  9. Present Continuous- Affirmative and Negative Statements; Yes and No Questions, Information Questions; Continuing Activities, and Future Plans

  10. Countable and Uncountable Nouns; Present Continuous and Simple Present Tense

  11. Simple Past Tense

  12. Adjectives; Should for Advice

  13. Can and Can’t;  too+ Adjective; Requests with could and can

  14.  Would like; Be going to; Conditions and results in the future

Resources: Top Notch Fundamentals by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher

Elementary Level:

Duration: 6 Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 1500/-

The Elementary Level of the course is designed to build up a solid base for both oral and written communication skills.

The following topics are covered at the Elementary Level

  1. Getting Acquainted

  2. Going Out

  3. Talking about families

  4. Coping with Technology

  5. Staying in Shape

  6. Finding something to wear

  7. Getting Away

  8. Taking Transportation

  9. Shopping Smart

Topics to be covered in Grammar:
  1. Usage and form ‘Be’; Possessive Adjectives

  2. Preposition of Time and Place

  3. Simple Present Tense

  4. Present Participle—Spelling rules; Present Continuous

  5. Countable and Uncountable Nouns; Spelling rules-Plural Nouns; Some/any

  6. Can/Have to; Non action Verbs; frequency of Adverbs/ Time expressions

  7. Comparative Adjectives; Direct and Indirect Objects

  8. Past Tense ‘Be’; Simple Past Tense; Request Verbs in Simple Past Tense—Spelling Rules

  9. Can, Should, Could, Modal; comparison of was to express future

  10. Comparative and Superlative; Intensifiers—too, really, and very

Resources: Top Notch Level 1 by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher

Pre-Intermediate Level: 60 hours/ 2 hrs. every day

Duration: 6 Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 1500/-

The Pre-Intermediate Level is designed to develop both oral and written communication skills.   The following topics are covered :

  1. Greetings and Small talk

  2. Movies and Entertainment

  3. Staying at Hotels

  4. Cars and Driving

  5. Personal Care and appearance

  6. Eating Well

  7. Psychology and Personality

  8. Enjoying the Arts

  9. Living with Computers

  10. Ethics and Values

The following topics are covered in Grammar:
  1. Present Perfect

  2. Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous

  3. Future Tense; Degrees of Obligation

  4. Past Continuous; Direct Object placement

  5. Uncountable Nouns; Indefinite Pronouns

  6. Negative and Yes and No Questions.; Why don’t/doesn’t; used to

  7. Gerunds and Infinitives

  8. Passive Voice

  9. Comparative and Superlative; Expressing purpose with in order to and for

  10. Factual and unreal conditional sentences


Resources: Top Notch Level 2 by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher


Duration: 6 Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 1500/-


The Intermediate Level course is designed to develop the students’ ability to handle oral and written communication skills.

The Intermediate Level course consists of the following topics:
  1. Cultural Literacy

  2. Health Matters

  3. Getting things Done

  4. Life Choices

  5. Holidays and traditions

  6. Disasters and Emergencies

  7. Books and Magazines

  8. Inventions and Technology

  9. Controversial Issues

  10. Enjoying the World

The following topics are covered in Grammar:
  1. Tag Questions; Past Perfect

  2. May, might, must and be able to: Possibility, Conclusion. Ability

  3. The Passive Causative; Causatives- Get, have and make

  4. Future in the Past—was and were going to, and would; Perfect Modals

  5. Adjective Clauses with Subject Relative Pronouns; Adjective Clauses with Object Relative Pronouns

  6. Indirect Speech: Imperatives, Say and Tell

  7. Noun Clauses: Embedded Questions and Direct Objects

  8. Conditional Sentences

  9. Uncountable nouns followed by abstract ideas; Verbs followed by objects and infinitives

  10. Infinitives with too+ adjective; Prepositions of place to describe locations

Resources: Top Notch Level 3 by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher

Upper Intermediate:

Duration: 6 Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 1750/-


The upper intermediate level is designed to develop the students ability to deal with a wide range of speaking situations, use more complex structures and appropriate linking language in more extended passages, explore their own interests in more reading passages or even short stories and novels.

The following topics are covered in Grammar:
  1. Gerunds and Infinitives: Change in meaning

  2. Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous; Noun Clauses

  3. Future Continuous; Future Perfect Continuous

  4. Quantifiers

  5. Conjunctions

  6. Modals

  7. Gerunds and Infinitives

  8. Comparatives and Superlatives

  9. Indirect Speech

  10. Order of Modifiers-Intensifiers; Adverb of Manner


Resources: Top Notch Summit 1 by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher

Advanced Level:

Duration: 6 Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 2000/-

The advanced level is designed to develop the students’ ability to express themselves with ease and feel capable of speaking in challenging situation, to write complex structures and use a wide range of linking language, to enjoy reading in their own interests areas and when they come across challenging vocabulary, they have little problem in understanding the contextual meaning and to comprehend almost any conversation.

The following topics are covered at the Advanced Level:
  1. Dreams come true

  2. Character  counts

  3. Dealing with Adversity

  4. Personality and Life

  5. It’s all in your Mind

  6. Travel hassles and Expenses

  7. Minds at Work

  8. Humour

  9. What lies ahead

  10. An interconnected word

The following topics are covered in Grammar:
  1. Stative Verbs: Non-Action and Action Verbs

  2. Adjective Clauses; Relative Pronouns

  3. Describing past events and actions

  4. Subjunctive

  5. Uncountable Nouns; Articles

  6. Conditionals

  7. Conjunctions and Transitions

  8. Indirect Speech

  9. Passive Voice

  10. Phrasal Verbs

Resources: Top Notch Summit 2 by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher

TOEFL—Testing of English as a Foreign Language:

Duration: 8Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 3000/-

TOEFL is a universal test that evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English for academic purposes. It has now become an admission requirement for students from non-English speaking countries at colleges and universities where English is the medium of instruction.

There are two versions of TOEFL – the ITP and iBT. The ITP version is relevant only for a particular institution. These scores cannot be transferred to another institution. Score required is 500 and above. The iBT version is internationally recognized. Scores required range from 80 to 100 depending on the institution and study opted for.

TOEFL iBT test uses integrated tasks to measure all the four skills students need to communicate—reading, listening, speaking and writing. It measures the student’s ability to understand English at the university level. It evaluates how well a student combines his/her listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

 ECMIT uses the integrated-skills approach because it is highly motivating for students and it lets them participate in authentic tasks that challenge them to practice communicating in English. With this approach, learners gain a true understanding of the richness and complexity of the English language and build their confidence in their communication skills.


The reading section tests the ability of the students to read and answer questions. ECMIT lecturers make sure that the following reading skills of the students are developed:

  1. Scanning for details

  2. Using context clues to understand the meaning of vocabulary

  3. Drawing inferences

  4. Recognizing coherence

  5. Understanding how the author explains certain points

  6. Understanding the author’s use of certain examples or details

  7. Recognizing paraphrases and sentence simplifications

  8. Distinguishing between important ideas and minor ones

  9. Analyzing and categorizing information to complete summaries and charts


The listening section tests the student’s understanding of spoken material and ability to answer questions about the conversations and lectures that he/she hears. The following listening skills of the students are developed:

  1. Understanding the main idea or topic of the  conversation or lecture

  2. Understanding supporting ideas and details of the conversation or lecture , draw inferences

  3. Identifying the speaker’s purpose method and attitude

  4. Recognizing relationship between parts of a lecture( cause and effect, comparison and contrast, chronological order, etc. )

  5. Understanding how the speaker’s intonation affects meaning

  6. Analyzing and categorizing information in order to complete summaries and charts


The speaking section measures the test taker’s ability to communicate in English orally. As it involves integrating two or three language skills, students develop the following skills:

  1. Understanding and taking notes on readings

  2. Understanding the questions and what the ask you to do

  3. Brainstorming ideas and taking notes on ideas that you come up with during the preparation time

  4. Organizing your ideas into a simple outline

  5. Summarizing and reporting key ideas form the reading and lectures and conversations

  6. Supporting your ideas with examples, reasons, and details from the reading and lectures and conversations

  7. Delivering a clear, well organized response based upon the information in the readings, and lectures and conversations


The writing section tests the ability to produce clear, well organized academic writing.  Students become well versed in:

  1. Independent Writing

  2. Integrated Writing

Independent Writing: Students develop their ability to state their opinions or express their comments on topics which are based on their personal knowledge and experience, supporting their ideas and opinions with examples or details.

Integrated Writing: Students develop the ability to demonstrate that they have understood material coming from different sources (reading and listening), that they can combine the information from those sources in a coherent, well organized, summarized written form, and can compare the information from those sources and draw conclusions from them.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System:

Duration: 8Weeks; Sunday to Thursday -2 hours every day

Timing: 1.00 pm-3.pm; 6.00pm -8.00 pm; 8.00-10.00 pm

Tuition fees: AED: 3000/-

IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to stud or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies.

The IELTS Preparation course is designed to efficiently qualify applicants to sit to the IELTS Test and this achieved through the process of explaining the required test procedures, nature and type of question and intensively practicing on the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.


The listening section evaluates the ability of the students to understand spoken English in several voices and native accents.

Students increase their chances of a very good score through the development of:

  1. Note completion

  2. Multiple choice

  3. Labeling a Map, diagram, plan

  4. Table completion

  5. Short answers/lists

  6. Matching

  7. Summary  completion

  8. Classifications

  9. Flow chart completion


The reading section evaluates the student’s ability to read well, interpret the given data, draw inferences, comprehending the details, etc. Students learn the techniques of answering the questions that include:

  1. Multiple choice

  2. Matching lists or phrases

  3. Matching heading to sections and paragraphs

  4. Classification

  5. Identification of information—True,/False/Not given

  6. Identification of Writer’s Views—Yes/No/Not Given

  7. Location information in sections /paragraphs

  8. Short answer Questions and lists

  9. Note/Table/Flow Chart completion

  10. Sentence completion

  11. Summary completion

  12. Labeling a diagram, map or plan


The writing section judges the candidate’s ability to communicate in the written form. It evaluates how well the candidate is able to structure and frame his thoughts and how clearly he is able to express them. Students are prepared for the two Writing Tasks.

Task 1

Students learn to describe information from

  1. A graph, chart or table

  2. A flow chart or process diagram

  3. A plan or map

  4. A diagram showing how something works

  5. A diagram showing or comparing objects

  6. A set of small diagrams

Task 2:

Students learn to

  1. Give and justify opinions

  2. Compare opposing opinions

  3. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages

  4. Compare arguments for /against

  5. Analyze problems and suggest solutions

  6. Answer direct questions on an issue


The speaking section tests the candidate’s ability to converse with another person in the English language. It tests sentence structure, use of grammar diction, thought process, intonations, clarity and audibility, etc. Students are prepared for the three speaking tasks.

Task 1: Introduction and Interview

Task 2: Individual long turn

Task 3: Two-way discussion

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