Crucial points for new incoming students
Greetings and welcome to those of you who are working in the field of science, a brief article on language courses at Tehran University of Medical Sciences is presented. By carefully reading this text and following the required items, we hope you do not encounter any problems in terms of language teaching until the end of your studies.
Universities can exempt students from taking prerequisite language courses based on the entrance exam of the universities or a placement test. According to the objectives of Tehran University of Medical Sciences to raise the level of language proficiency of its students, the entrance exam alone cannot show the real level of language of students and their readiness to accept the topics offered by the university. Therefore, the language center of the university conducts a standardized test to determine the language level of students. This test consists of eight blocks of ten-question items, the first two blocks are auditory comprehension and the other six blocks contain comprehension, vocabulary storage and students' familiarity with grammar. The test evaluates English proficiency of the students based what they will learn. Students are asked to adjust their time when answering the test questions so that they can answer all the questions. Therefore, based on the results of the test indicating the students’ ability level in different sections, the language center can put them at the appropriate level.
Within 72 hours after the placement test, the results will be announced on the website of the Language Center and a copy of it will be sent to the faculties.
Based on the results of the leveling test, students are divided into five groups
1) Basic 2) Prerequisite one 3) Prerequisite two 4) General 5) Exempt from passing the general language course.
Because the purpose is not to make any difference between the graduation time of the students who pass the prerequisite credits and those who are exempted from passing the prerequisites, basic and prerequisite course students are put in the same class. But elementary students need to be more active. Students who are at the prerequisite level have the opportunity to increase their knowledge to an intermediate and higher levels (higher intermediate) in any way possible up to the next September at the latest, whether by continuing and actively participating in college classes or enrolling in reputable language teaching institutions.
Attention: Sometimes students who have delayed learning English have encountered serious difficulties in their graduation process. Therefore, learning the language of science (Academic Language) should be continuously and consistently included in the curriculum of students, especially those who do not have the required knowledge of English language.
Despite the high ability of the university language center standard questions to divide you into different levels some students may not be satisfied with the result of their level determination. The following tips can be a good help for this group of students:
- Since it is not possible to divide students into more than four groups, there may be a person or persons in your class who are five or six semesters different from you.
- If you have been selected for a prerequisite one and you think you need to be at a higher level, after consulting with your professor and getting his or her approval, you can go to the language center and offer your request. In this case, if you get a score higher than 17 at the final exam, one week after the announcement of the scores, you can apply for the exemption test for prerequisite two course. Obviously, such students must self-study the prerequisite two language course during the semester.
- Those who have been accepted at a level above their language proficiency, can refer to the language center after consulting with their professor to be placed at a lower level after interview and approval.
-All undergraduate and Ph.D. students, whether entering September or January, must take the placement test.
-Each student is allowed to take part in the placement test only once.
-Students who have not passed the placement test do not have the right to choose a course and participate in classes.
-It is mandatory to have a student card, national card or identity card when taking the placement test and to have a student card when taking all subsequent language tests.
-In all language center exams, it is necessary to have a pencil and eraser, turn off and hide the mobile phone, and not have any books or pamphlets with you.
-It is the responsibility of the language center to determine the professor, the syllabus, prepare the quiz and the final exam, determine the minimum passing score and process the students' appeals for revision.
-Students benefit from the teacher's grade for classroom activities only if they themselves obtain the minimum grade set by the language center (usually 10). (Read general classroom rules).
-Each class appoints one student as a representative to make the necessary arrangements and purchase the required teaching resources from the language center (with a special discount) and introduces it to the language center (Ms. Amani).
-Take your language courses in order and continuously, and if you could not accept a course, be sure to take and pass that course in the next semester. It is necessary to observe the prerequisites in taking language courses. Under no circumstances postpone your language courses until the last semesters of study or near the time of exams such as basic sciences.
-Language classes should have about 25 to 30 students. If the number of students in your class is more than this, follow the issue through the language center and the faculty education with the coordination of the esteemed professor.
-The language center site provides the latest information on class schedules, test schedules, learning methods, topics, rules, regulations and other necessary information.
-Be sure to visit the language center for any guidance on language learning.
-Submit any criticisms or suggestions about the class and course materials through the class representative or directly to the language center at the earliest time.