Foreign Language Courses

ELS 217-218

ELS 217 – 218

Undergraduate English Language Skills Courses (ELS 217 - 218)

ELS 217 (Fall) and ELS 218 (Spring) courses are designed to develop writing and speaking communication skills of Liverpool-Bilgi Dual Degree Program students.

ELS 217 (Fall) is designed to enable students to express themselves in writing within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other language skills needed, including a review of grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Students who complete the courses successfully will be able to;

  •  use a variety of skills and approaches when writing academic papers
  • expand ideas into well-developed, unified, and coherent essays
  • apply research skills and strategies
  • evaluate sources for reliability and relevance

analyze academic articles

Hours per week: 3 hours in -class

Credits: 3

ELS 218 (Spring) is designed to enable students to become fluent, accurate and confident in their communication skills. Students will contribute to class discussions (both in class and online), deliver presentations, and refine written and spoken aspects of professional and academic communication.

 Students who complete the courses successfully will be able to;

  • contribute to a class/group discussion expressing their opinions, varying views, and questions
  • deliver a presentation to a specific audience
  • converse in a variety of academic situations
  • converse in a variety of professional situations
  • participate in online discussions using web-based tools


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


Course Requirements


Students need to 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 assignments/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.