Kumi University Center for International Cooperation (CIC) values its students and recognizes the importance of the overall student experience. With this in mind, the Center is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and safe environment, conducive to learning and research and the development of individuals who display the University values of Godliness and Excellence for Servant-hood. In order to achieve this, the CIC ensures that the following services meets the student’s expectations:
Orientation is a wonderful opportunity to learn what you need to know to succeed at Kumi University. During this period, students register for classes, meet future classmates and incoming students within their courses, meet faculty, and learn about many available campus resources including academic support services and campus life and activity involvement opportunities. Students will receive a guided tour of the campus and get the Student Identity Card. All International Students will be under the care of CIC for one (01) month before they are placed to Education Faculty for Intensive English Language Programme (IELP) for international students whose first language is not English and who wish to study at Kumi University.
Note: At the end of the one month orientation, all international students will have a two (2) day Mentorship Training (MT) outside the University. This MT will be on the last Friday and Saturday of Orientation month and shall be organized by CIC.
Intensive English Language Programme (IELP)
Before the Commencement of the Semester, all International Students will report one (01) month earlier at the University to enable the CIC to conduct the Orientation and fasten the Student Admission and Registration. Upon admission, the international student(s) whose first language is not English will enroll in a nine (09) months Intensive English Language Programme (IELP) in order to achieve language proficiency. The primary focus of IELP is to help students improve their skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. The program also focuses on study skills and provides the cultural orientation necessary for success at the university level. The CIC expects the IELP classes be lectured by qualified English professional with at least a Bachelors’ Degree. Since all classes are small (6-15 students), each student receives individualized attention; and all instruction is based on learning English through communicative teaching approaches and classes are highly interactive.
Therefore, to provide excellent higher education through English proficiency to culturally diverse students; the CIC set a minimum standard of 4 Course Units for IELP in three or nine months:
Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary (04 hours per week)
This academic English language course focuses on helping students produce grammatically accurate, well-constructed, coherent English in the written form and in response to authentic reading. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary extension, idiom, and reading skills.
Reading and Speaking Fluency (04 hours per week)
This course focuses on helping students improve their speed and comfort in both speaking and reading. Students learn techniques for reading faster and understanding more of what they read. Diverse and authentic materials are used in this class. Students also learn interview and presentation skills; all students carry out interviews with local citizens.
Grammar and Writing (03 hours per week)
This academic English language course focuses on building a strong grammatical foundation in the English language with an additional emphasis on editing skills and using these skills to produce short pieces of writing and oral presentation.
Oral Communication OR Listening and Speaking (03 hours per week)
This focuses on helping students speak and understand the English language better- with a focus on important topics in African culture. Students will explore topics such as cultural awareness, formal communication, and academic culture via videos, guest speakers, and short readings and discussion activities. Emphasis is placed on oral production in conversation and short presentations and listening comprehension strategies and skills.
Pronunciation for Non-Native English Speakers (02 hours per week)
This course will focus on helping students better articulate and produce the sounds of the English Language in order to improve communication skills and comfort level at work, in classes, and in the community.
Basic Computer (04 hours per week)
The CIC provides extensive computing facilities in the Science Block where they have access to both software applications, and the Internet. The University also provides Wire-Internet access to all students with their own computers. IELP students are given e-mail accounts upon arrival as well as basic instruction in word processing and the internet, all of which they are required to use as a part of the English Second Language (ESL) classes.
Bible Study (02 hours per week)
A critical study of the Bible as literature can prepare students with the thinking skills needed in the 21st century. Since the Bible remains a vital part of human life; CIC inspire students to ambitiously question assumptions and build insight into how belief functions across societies.
Mode of Delivery
All instruction is based on learning English through communicative teaching approaches and classes will be conducted through a highly interactive; Lectures, Group discussions and Tutorials
Students are assessed against the curriculum taught. All students are entitled to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in response to assessment. The assessment shall be broken into three categories:
Attitude towards Learning 10%
Class Attendance 10%
Final Examination 80%
For a student to have passed the examination s/he MUST score a minimum of 60% in the IELP.
A student who score a minimum 60% in the First End of Three months qualifies for award of Certificate of English Proficiency by the University and can attend the Auditing Classes of his/her choice or join the Degree programme.
A student who fails to raise the pass mark of 60% shall repeat the class for more three months and sit another examination in which s/he should obtain a minimum of 60% to qualify for the award of Certificate of English Proficiency by the University and can attend the Auditing Classes of his/her choice or join the Degree programme.
After, the six months, a student is given the last chance to sit for the English Proficiency Course Examinations in which s/he is required to score a minimum of 60% to qualify for the award of Certificate of English Proficiency by the University and can attend the Auditing Classes of his/her choice or join the Degree programme. Should a student fail to raise the pass mark of 60% in the third consecutive examination sitting, a student will therefore be discontinued from the programme BUT can reapply and join at a later stage when the course is again offered.
Bible Study and Basic Computer shall not be credited and examined. Students will study these two papers when they enroll for their Degree programmes. The purpose why the CIC conducts the training is to develop students’ Spiritual strength, computer skills and increase their levels of reading and interactions.