Science terms in English please, schools told

May 02, 2012 - 11:27:03 pm

DOHA: The Supreme Education Council has asked all Independent Schools to teach science and mathematics terminologies in English in primary classes, with Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)   in Secondary School.

The office for independent schools at the Supreme Education Council in a circular has announced that science and mathematics terminologies should be taught in English from grade three.

All Independent Schools should allocate   two periods exclusively for teaching terminologies at each grade above three. Also non-Arabic speaking teachers qualified and experienced in teaching science and mathematics will be assigned to teach the subjects.

It has also instructed the schools to teach TOEFL and IELTS   at Secondary Schools as a step in preparing students for higher education.

This decision has been taken in the back drop of all universities in the country require students to meet high level of competencies English, mathematics and Science for admission.

Qatar University (QU) in February this year unveiled the new structure of its Foundation Programme that does not require minimum scores in IELTS or TOEFL proficiency tests, though it requires a passing score of 70 percent in the Foundation Programme will allow students to enrol in their respective college or programme.  

In order to register for appropriate courses in the Foundation English and maths programme, all students must first take the online Accuplacer exam which is used to place students in the appropriate English and Math levels.

The Accuplacer exam is required for all students entering the Foundation Programme.

Besides all courses at the Education City universities are taught in English.

A very high level of English is needed in order to read the required course material, write the required exams and papers, make presentations, and engage in discussion and debate both in and out of the classroom.

While there is no fixed minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to these universities, the most competitive applicants will have scores of 100 or better on the Internet based TOEFL (600 or better on the paper-based TOEFL exam, 250 or better on the computer based TOEFL), and scores of 7.5 or better on the IELTS.

Thus, the Academic Bridge Program play a major role of coaching pre-university students in English, science and math courses, it focuses more on teaching the language terminology in English of these subjects and not so much on mastering new subject matter, since many Independent School students are unable to meet the high requirements of university education.

The Peninsula