Foreign Language Courses

ELS 109-110

ELS 109 – 110 (Elective and Prerequisite Courses)

Undergraduate English Language Skills Courses (ELS 109 - 110)

ELS 109 (Fall) -110 (Spring) courses are the elective courses for departments whose medium of instruction is Turkish and who want to develop their English skills further. There is a prerequisite between ELS 108 and ELS 109 courses. That means students have to pass ELS 108 in order to be able to take ELS 109 course. Similarly, students have to pass ELS 109 to be able to take ELS 110 course. ELS 109-110 are English courses that aim to bring A2 level students to A2+/B1 level. The course will help the student at this level build his/her confidence in communicating more effectively. Thorough review of the previous structures will be followed by presentations of new language structures. The course will revise and reactivate previously learnt vocabulary and increase the student's knowledge of the most frequently used words and phrases. Further skills development will include listening for gist and detail, understanding connected speech, taking part in conversations where they can point out their opinion on familiar everyday events, succeeding with challenging reading tasks, developing paragraphs by practicing the process of writing, i.e. planning, organizing, drafting, and checking and becoming more aware of structure, and fixed phrases.

Students who complete the courses successfully will be able to;

  • Build A2+/B1 level language skills and experience
  • Build A2+/B1 level reading skills
  • Build A2+/B1 level writing skills
  • Build A2+/B1 level listening skills
  • Build A2+/B1 level speaking skills


Hours per week: 3 hours in -class +1 hour online
Credits: 3


Course Requirements


Students need to:

  • bring the course book indicated by the instructor to every class.
  • bring any materials the instructor places on reserve at the copy center or posted online.


Students are advised to attend classes regularly. Failure to attend classes regularly will result in losing track of the ongoing process of learning as well as missing valuable opportunities to get feedback on their progress. Regular attendance and active participation will constitute 10 points of the total grade.


Participation is different from attendance. It requires:

  • contribution to class discussions and activities.
  • acting with academic courtesy and academic honesty.
  • bringing all the materials needed to class.
  • following online pages regularly.

Bilgi Learn Pages

Since according to university rules all announcements on the online page are official, heeding these announcements is students’ responsibility. Therefore, students need to:

  • carefully follow the announcements and materials provided through Bilgi Online Education Pages. Students are advised to check the Online Education page at least a day before each class in order to follow weekly pacing and announcements.

Academic Courtesy

Academic courtesy means acceptable behavior in an academic environment. In other words, students are expected to arrive to class on time, show respect to peers and instructor, and come to class prepared with the necessary materials. Moreover, students are responsible for following rules of classroom conduct in addition to university rules. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.

Academic Honesty

Unethical behavior such as cheating and plagiarism will be officially recorded by the academic staff and reported to the Student Affairs Office which will result in disciplinary action and failing grade on the task or assignment. Plagiarism is claiming somebody else’s work as your own and it is students’ responsibility to credit work they have cited.

“Burden of Proof”: If the instructor doubts that a student has completed his or her work independently, it is the student’s responsibility to show that he or she completed the task on his or her own at each and every stage. Failure to provide evidence is grounds for receiving a failing grade on the assignment.


Courses are assessed with on-going assessment tools. All throughout the course, there will be quizzes, assignments/homework, in-class and take-home studies and participation grades will constitute the final grade of the course.
Quizzes and assginments/homework missed due to absence cannot be made up.


Letter Grades


95 – 100


90 – 94


85 – 89


80 – 84


75 – 79


70 – 74


65 – 69


60 – 64


55 – 59


50 – 54


0 – 49


* Please note that course requirements and assessment policies / procedures are subject to change based on the student needs and profile.