Aware of the continual need to enhance performance and upgrade practices and approaches in various facets of SPU, the university administration is taking a proactive, vision-based approach to the development of the English language programs and performance at all levels of instruction, communication, and administration. English is the Lingua Franca of today’s world. This is particularly evident in the institutions of higher education in the 21st century. Based on the vision of the president of SPU, English language instruction, performance, and status underwent a SWOT analysis. An initial study demonstrated the need to validate some of the preliminary findings and assumptions about the status of English at SPU. To this purpose, a comprehensive student survey was conducted to gauge not only their perceptions, but also their needs and competencies in English. Additionally, curricula were revised, practices monitored and evaluated, and recommendations made. An internationally recognized placement test (Oxford Online Placement Test) was adopted as the new modus operandi for the Syrian Private University. In addition to language training for students, faculty and administrative staff, the upgrading of English language practices at SPU includes the content of its website and pages on social networks, its publications, whether in print or digital, its certificates and diploma supplements, and its local and regional profile, all to meet best international ‘readability’ standards and practices. In-service training for academic and administrative staff is a cornerstone in the process of maintaining the highest standards of quality. This is why the English language team at SPU has developed a CELTA-inspired localized TOT program for English language instructors.
The book: Headway, Academic Skills Reading, Writing, and Study Skills (Level 3) - Number of Units: Ten - Units Skills: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary Development - Content: Unit 1- Education and Learning; Writing Comparing and Contrasting Essay. Unit 2- Innovations and Health Medicine; Writing a Paragraph. Unit 3- Urban Planning; Writing a Persuasive Article. Unit 4- Water, Food, and Energy; Writing to Describe and Explain. Unit 5- Free Trade and Fair Trade; Writing an Opinion Essay. Unit 6- Conserving the Past; Writing an Evaluation Essay. Unit 7- Wonders of the Modern World; Writing a Summary. Unit 8. Olympic Business; Writing a Discursive Essay. Unit 9- Trends; Writing a Report. Unit 10- Communication and Technology; Giving a Presentation.
The book: Headway, Academic Skills Reading, Writing, and Study Skills (Level 3) - Number of Units: Ten - Units Skills: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary Development - Content: Unit 1- Education and Learning; Writing Comparing and Contrasting Essay. Unit 2- Innovations and Health Medicine; Writing a Paragraph. Unit 3- Urban Planning; Writing a Persuasive Article. Unit 4- Water, Food, and Energy; Writing to Describe and Explain. Unit 5- Free Trade and Fair Trade; Writing an Opinion Essay. Unit 6- Conserving the Past; Writing an Evaluation Essay. Unit 7- Wonders of the Modern World; Writing a Summary. Unit 8. Olympic Business; Writing a Discursive Essay. Unit 9- Trends; Writing a Report. Unit 10- Communication and Technology; Giving a Presentation.

The book: Headway, Academic Skills Reading, Writing, and Study Skills (Level 2) Number of Units: Ten Units Skills: Reading– Writing Content: Unit 1- International Student, writing informal Email. Unit 2- Where in the World?, writing description of my Country. Unit 3- Newspaper Articles, writing an Article. Unit 4- Modern Technology, writing discursive Essay. Unit 5- Conferences and Visits, writing formal Email. Unit 6- Science and our World, writing a Summary. Unit 7- People: Past and Present, writing biographies. Unit 8- The World of IT, Writing from Notes. Unit 9- Inventions, Discoveries, and Processes, writing a description of a Process. Unit 10- Travel and Tourism, Writing about Data.

The Book: New Headway, Pre-Intermediate, 4th Edition. Number of Units: 12. Skills: Reading, Speaking, Listening & Writing. General Description: The main objective of the B1 Level Course is enriching students’ vocabulary, and improving their reading skills, while putting equal emphasis on grammar, speaking and writing. Students are expected to try to understand words—with which they are not familiar—by relying on the context, and learn to use the dictionary. They are expected to be able to use the present and past tenses, simple and continuous, in addition to the present perfect. They are also taught to form first and second conditional sentences. They will also learn social expressions, write letters and narratives, describe people and places and discuss pros and cons. 

The book: Fourth Edition, New Headway, Elementary Number of Units: Twelve Units Skills: Reading–Speaking- Listening- Writing Content: Unit 1- A Student’s Blog, Introducing yourself, Personal Information, You and Your Life. Unit 2- A Really Good Job, Role Play, Conversation , Rewriting a Text. Unit 3- Town and Country Weekends, Role Play, Free Time Activities, Form Filling. Unit 4- America’s Most Famous Address, Information Gap, What’s in Your Bag?, Describing your Home. Unit 5- A Talented Family, What can you do?, Super Kids!, Formal Email. Unit 6- The Meaning of Life, Talking about a student, Interview, Biography. Unit 7- Sixty Years of Flight, Information Gap, Talking about my life, Telling a story. Unit 8- Everybody Likes a Sandwich!, Your Favorite Recipe, What’s Your Favorite Sandwich?, Informal Email. Unit 9- Megacities, Comparing Places/Personal Information, People talk about where they live, Describing a Place. Unit 10- The International Space Station, Project, Who’s Who?, Comparing and Contrasting. Unit 11- Meet Ed, Will and Ginger, Talking about Places, We’re off to see the world!, Describing a holiday. Unit 12- The Glastonbury Festival, Talking about You, The Glastonbury Festival, Writing Poetry.

This course develops the beginners’ abilities in starting a conversation for the first time. The book contains fourteen units that build up the learners’ skills in communication step by step, such as giving their personal information in both speaking and writing. It also presents exercises that encourage the learners to practice the language, along with the supporting class activities that enhance their will to participate in the class. In this course, the students will work on improving their reading, speaking, listening and writing skills.