ABOUT THE ENGLISH PREPARATORY PROGRAM
Welcome to Istanbul Gedik University and School of Foreign Languages.
Considering the changing students’ needs in the rapidly developing world and adhering to the language skills prescribed within the framework of the Common European Language Criteria, our mission is to enable the students to express themselves at the best level both verbally and in writing during and after the students’ associate / undergraduate education, and to ensure that they are equipped to communicate in English in cultural, social and professional terms.
As School of Foreign Languages, our vision is to contribute to improving the quality of education and training in foreign languages throughout the country, to provide students from countries worldwide with the opportunity to gain the oral and written foreign language skills they will need in individual, social, professional and educational fields, and to provide world-class, high-level foreign language education.
The information in this section is intended to introduce our students and their families to the English Preparatory Program.
Although English Prep Program is not compulsory in their departments, students who want to continue their elective English Prep Program are also given English Preparatory education. The functioning and practices of the preparatory program are also valid for these students.
Our goal is to teach our students English within the framework of internationally recognized qualifications.
After the students are registered at Istanbul Gedik University, the English Preparatory Program and English lessons process will be as follows.
*General Principles Regarding the Compulsory English Preparatory Class Education Program*
*English Proficiency Exam
Students who want to be exempt from the compulsory English preparatory class education program must take the English Proficiency Exam conducted by School of Foreign Languages.
Students who get at least 60 points out of 100 from the English Proficiency Exam are exempt from the English preparatory class education program and start their education in the programs they are placed in.
The following students are exempt from the English Proficiency Exam:
- a) Those who have completed their secondary education in secondary education institutions in a country where the foreign language determined as the language of instruction is spoken as their mother tongue, at least in the last three years, is exempted from foreign language preparatory class education.
- b) Those who get the scores in the table below from the central foreign language exams accepted by the Higher Education Council and the international foreign language exams whose equivalence is accepted are exempted from foreign language preparatory class education, provided that they do not exceed the certification and validity period.
|YDS/YÖKDİL/KPDS/ÜDS||At least 55||5 years|
|TOEFL-IBT||At least 66||2 years|
|PTE (Pearson Test of English)||At least 50||2 years|
|CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)||At least C||Indefinite|
|CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency)||At least C||Indefinite|
*English Placement Exam
Students who do not take the English Proficiency Exam and students who do not get the valid score despite taking the English Proficiency Exam should take the English Placement Exam.
According to the scores obtained from the English Placement Exam, the level at which the students will study in the foreign language preparatory class education is determined.
Students who do not attend the English Placement Exam start English prep class from the lowest level.
*Optional English Preparatory Class Education Program
Students who enroll in departments and programs whose language of instruction is Turkish can take English preparatory class upon their request. Optional English preparatory education program is one year. Students who fail at the end of one year cannot repeat the second year preparatory class.
Students who successfully complete the optional English preparatory class can request exemption from the common compulsory Foreign Language I and Foreign Language II courses. The success grade of the exempted students is transferred to the student information system as AA.
*English Preparatory Program Levels
A1-A2, B1, B1+, B2
* English Preparatory Program Duration
English preparatory class is an academic year and the maximum period of study is two years. The academic year consists of fall and spring semesters. The normal duration of each of the fall and spring semesters is seventy working days. Exam weeks or days are not included in this period.
*Weekly Lesson Hours
According to the number of students attending the preparatory school and the levels formed as a result of the English Placement Exam, weekly course hours, groupings, measurement-evaluation method are determined by the relevant unit of School of Foreign Languages and informed to the students at the beginning of the academic year.
The weekly course hours for each level are determined by School of Foreign Languages, provided that they are not less than 20 hours.
*Achievement and Evaluation
The criteria (midterm exams, quizzes, assignments, participation, etc.) and percentages of activities during the year are determined by the School of Foreign Languages and announced to the students at the beginning of the academic year.
Students have the right to take the English Proficiency Exam held at the end of the year, provided that the average of the total criteria determined during the year is 60.
The success of English preparatory class students is determined by the English Proficiency Exam held at the end of the academic year.
Students who score at least 60 points in the English Proficiency Exam successfully complete the English Preparatory Program.
* Attendance to classes:
It is compulsory to attend at least 85 percent of the courses in the compulsory or optional English preparatory class education program. Students who do not meet the attendance requirement are considered unsuccessful due to absenteeism. Students who fail due to absenteeism cannot take the last midterm and year-end English Proficiency Exam.
At the beginning of the academic year, students are informed about the number of hours of absenteeism limit. It is recommended that you do not make absenteeism, except for mandatory situations that will be considered an excuse.
Students can learn their grades and course attendance status by accessing the following web page.
*Successful in the Preparatory Program in a Semester
Students who start the English Preparatory Program at B1+ levels in the Fall semester can take the English Proficiency Exam given at the end of the Fall semester, provided that they have a grade point average of 60 and above and do not exceed the absenteeism limit. English Proficiency Exam success grade is 60 out of 100.
According to this test result:
Students who score 60 out of 100 can take the courses in their department/program.
Students who score below 60 points can continue their education in the Spring semester together with other students at B1 + level. They have to comply with the semester measurement and evaluation criteria at B1+ level. These students can take the English Proficiency Exam given at the end of the Spring semester, provided that they have a grade point average of 60 or higher in the spring semester.
Students who start their language education at A1 and A2 levels in the Fall semester cannot take the English Proficiency exam given at the end of the Fall semester. Students at this level take the English Proficiency Exam given at the end of the Spring semester, provided that their academic success average is 60 and above and the absenteeism limit is not exceeded.
Students who fail the English Preparatory Program at the end of two semesters take the English Proficiency Exam, which will be held at the beginning of the next academic year, regardless of their grade point average and attendance. Students who are successful in this exam can start their department/program.
*Repeat: It is a level where students who fail the English Preparatory Program for two (2) semesters and fail may continue. If the number of students who will continue with this program is 10 and above, the program can be opened. If the number of students is below 10, the Repeat course will not be opened. At this level, students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are developed by reviewing their previous knowledge.
*Other Rules and Regulations:
When you start the English Preparatory Program, an advisor is assigned to each student. You can consult your class advisor when you have problems concerning education.
At the beginning of the academic year, you will be informed about the projects, presentations and written assignments you have to complete. As your activities are graded, it is very important to hand them in on time and complete them as your teachers instruct you to do.
Students are required to bring in class the materials they need. Students are responsible for providing their books and other course materials. It is not welcome for the student to come to the class without books or other course materials, and the instructor may not take the student in this situation. Students who come to class without their books or other materials may not be admitted to the class by the instructor.
Students are required to be punctual and come to class on time. Those who come later than the teacher are allowed to come to class, but they will be marked absent.
*Summer School :
Summer School starts on the date announced in the academic calendar and lasts for 7 weeks. Students who wish can attend the summer school. Students who have a grade point average of 50 or higher during the year and who have not passed the Foreign Language Proficiency Exam before can continue their education then. For students enrolled in summer school, the attendance requirement is 85%. At the end of the Summer School, the students take the Foreign Language Proficiency Exam. To take this exam, students must meet the attendance requirement. Students who have taken the previous English Proficiency Exams and have not been successful can also take this exam. Foreign Language Proficiency Exam success grade is 60 points out of 100.
-Foreign Language I (ING101) and Foreign Language II (102) Exemption Exam –
Compulsory Foreign Language I (ING101) and Foreign Language II (ING102) Courses of Turkish Programs
Istanbul Gedik University, School of Foreign Languages, Foreign Language I (ING101) Exemption Exam is given to all newly registered students whose language of instruction is Turkish at the beginning of the fall semester of the academic year. Students who score 55 points out of 100 points according to this exam result are exempt from YÖK compulsory Foreign Language I (ING101) course in the lesson plan of their program/department. As a result of the exemption exam, students who take the exam are given a passing grade based on the grade ranges in the 38th article of the Istanbul Gedik University Associate Degree, Undergraduate Education and Exam Regulations.
At the beginning of the spring semester, the Foreign Language II (ING102) Exemption Exam is given to all newly registered students whose language of instruction is Turkish. Students who score 55 points out of 100 points according to this exam result are exempt from YÖK compulsory Foreign Language II (ING102) course in the lesson plan of their program / department. As a result of the exemption exam, students who take the exam are given a passing grade based on the grade ranges in the 38th article of the Istanbul Gedik University Associate Degree, Undergraduate Education and Exam Regulations.
If there are other English lessons in their lesson plans (English III, IV, V….), they take these lessons (later).
For students who cannot take the English Exemption Exam at the beginning of the academic year, make-up exams are not held.
It is recommended that all students in departments/programs where the medium of instruction is Turkish take the English Exemption Exam. However, if your English language knowledge and skills are at a very basic level, you may prefer not to take the exam. Students who do not/cannot take the exam take English courses at the beginner level.
Students who have taken Foreign Language I and Foreign Language II courses in another higher education institution and have successfully completed the foreign language preparatory class, and they meet the conditions specified in paragraph 1 of article 6 of the Istanbul Gedik University Exemption and Adaptation Directive, can request exemption from Foreign Language I and II courses.