Foundation English and academic skills development program

Foundation English Academic Skills Development

Applicants who are interested can register via



Tuition Fee*


28 August – 17 November 2017

Monday – Friday



12 weeks


*Subject to change without notice. This fee includes only the program tuition fee.

The Foundation Program is for those students with high academic skills potential who are unable to meet the English language entry requirements for admission in August 2017, but who would like to apply for admission in January 2018.

This program is typically for those students who:

  • Have not yet met the minimum requirements to receive a conditional offer (AIT-EET 4.5 or equivalent). Upon successful completion these applicants can receive a conditional offer;
  • Have received a conditional offer but would like to meet the English requirements (unconditional offer) before the start of the program;

The aim of the Foundation English Program at AIT is to prepare students who are limited users of English to be able to study, learn, research and live at AIT using English as the means of communication.

  • To improve students’ general English proficiency
  • To introduce students to the different ways in which English is used in learning and researching at the Master’s and PhD level.
  • To help students develop independent study and learning strategies

  • To be able to participate in lectures and classroom discussions in English

  • To develop students’ abilities to use various types of academic English texts and resources in their studies and research activities

  • To develop students’ digital literacies to study, research and work in a 21st century academic environment

  • To develop students’ wider academic skills and research abilities

The Foundation Program Students will learn through a number of different modes and activities which introduces that to various academic situations such as seminars, meetings, interviews, lectures and collaborative group projects. Students will also learn to develop their independent study skills through individual study plans and research projects.

Writing Skills:Fundamentals of grammar; academic and technical vocabulary and devices; lecture comprehension and note-taking methods; writing about data and processes. Coherence and Cohesion through work on sentence and paragraph structure and linking; patterns of organization, the essay.

ICT literacy skills :Use of software for effective presentation of information in print and electronically; programming as needed for field; web searching skills.

Digital Literacy Skills: Learn to search, find and evaluate academic resources from a variety of online databases, search engines and social media in order to use it in independent research projects.

Handling Academic texts: Handling content presented in textbooks, research reports, abstracts and journal articles. Basic reading skills of skimming and scanning, identifying main ideas, and outlining for summarizing; library and internet search. Sources are critically evaluated and comparisons of different authors on the same topic are developed.

Foundation Studies:Integrated into a seminar approach to covering major themes such as gender, sustainability, climate change, etc. are tasks for applying academic skills including text analysis and critique of journal articles and technical reports; evaluating arguments; presenting the ideas of others; paraphrasing, summarizing, referencing and citing.

Introduction to Field of Study:AIT students resource person meet with Bridging participants who will be entering their own field of study. In addition, introductory coursework in pre-requisite subjects are determined by AIT fields or areas of study. On the basis of identifiable needs, lecture series plus discussion sections will be arranged to bridge gaps in undergraduate preparation in relevant areas. E.g.: mathematics, statistics, social science, economics, computer programming skills, biology etc.

Communication Skills:Discussion and debate; principles of effective presentations; listening-to-self and remedies; interviewing techniques; elements of good visuals for graphic presentation of information; presentation of frameworks; peer learning, teamwork and peer review.

Research Skills:Students produce a ‘term paper’ or extended essay on a topic related to their work or future study. They are guided through stages of the writing process from early ideas through writing up of the various sections and on to final editing and proof reading. Proper formatting of the test papers they generate following the AIT style guide is covered hands-on.

Students’ performance on the Foundation program will be monitored through a number of different progressive assessment tools such as:

  • A daily Journal

  • Essay Examinations

  • Objective Quizzes

  • Project – group work

  • Oral Presentations

  • Extending Writing Assignments

  • AIT English Entry Test on entry/exit

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