Foreign Language Courses

ELS 111-112

ELS 111 – 112 (Elective and Prerequisite Courses)

Undergraduate English Language Skills Courses (ELS 111 - 112)

ELS 111 (Fall) -112 (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 110 and ELS 111 courses. That means students have to pass ELS 110 in order to be able to take ELS 111 course. Similarly, students have to pass ELS 111 to be able to take ELS 112 course. ELS 111-112 are English courses that aim to bring A2+/B1 level students to B1/B1+ level. The students must have taken ELS 110 as the prerequisite of this course. Main grammatical structures will be revised, extended and new tenses and language structures will be presented. Further skills development will include practice in listening for gist and detail with basic note-taking strategies, practice in interacting with spoken language, practice in reading a wide variety of semi-academic text types and developing competence in reading strategies including critical comprehension analysis. Micro-writing skills will be developed with an emphasis on supporting techniques, and practice in the process of writing will be continued encouraging students to be become more autonomous in written expressions.

Students who complete the courses successfully will be able to;

  • Build B1/B1+ level language skills and experience
  • Build B1/B1+ level reading skills
  • Build B1/B1+ level writing skills
  • Build B1/B1+ level listening skills
  • Build B1/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 “Touchstone 4 and Cambridge LMS password for Touchstone 4”  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.