In determining a student’s English language ability, and matching them with the appropriate course for their level, the ELD program uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).
The ELD Program for prospective LLB students consists of the following four courses:
- Course 101E. is an intensive non-credit course serving students who possess a communicative range similar to that described in the CEFR “Basic user” A1 level. It addresses the comprehension and production of less able non-native speakers of English and aims to improve their reading, vocabulary, grammar, and oral self-expression as well as organise their writing. The course reviews basic sentence structure and simple verb forms. It focuses to some extent on reported speech and using passive forms. Readings bear mainly general English themes, but several passages contain basic legal English, such as those on the history of law, the legal concept of marriage, and business law. The latter touches upon financial and commercial legal English. Although this is a non-credit course, if a student achieves a final grade of 80% or higher, they will gain a “pass” and will be entitled to skip 101E and proceed directly to 102E.
- Course 101E This is essentially a “low intermediate” level courses. It is the first credit-bearing course of the ELD program. Student capabilities lie between CEFR levels “Basic user” A2 and “Independent user” B1. The 101E textbook has general English subject matter although the majority of it is of an “English for Specific Purposes” (ESP) legal nature. Law topics such as leasing law, planning, company law and family law are taught in this course to improve both general English communication skills and knowledge of legal terms. This course seeks to enhance academic reading skills as well as reading rate and comprehension, vocabulary, and study skills. The emphasis in this course is on writing through exposure to more complex and formal English grammar, sentence structure and paragraph organization.
- Course 102E is the second credit-bearing course of the ELD program. This course is aimed at students of an intermediate to high-intermediate level. Students entering this course are able to communicate along the span of CEFR’s “Independent user” B2 to “Proficient user” C1 levels. Legal ESP topics include: company law, criminology, family law and rent law. The legal topics dominate the course book’s contents given that a core objective is to broaden knowledge, understanding, analysis, and the application of legal ideas via sustained reading of a single written piece. Students explore the fundamentals of academic writing by way of essay tasks that pose questions requiring synthesis of newly and previously learned information. Course 102E additionally endeavours to prepare students for academic discussions, presentations, and debates by having them occasionally consult secondary resources, extract main ideas, and integrate them into one or more unified individual or group projects.
- Course 103 is an elective course and it is appropriate for students who meet the CEFR’s C2 criteria. This course examines multiple readings in at least four units on contract, criminal, company, and real property law from Cambridge University Press’ Introduction to International Legal English by Amy Krois-Lindner, Matt Firth, and TransLegal.® This is the only externally published, rather than in-house course book, of the ELD program. The goals of course 103E are to augment legal vocabulary, deepen contemplation of legal concerns,invite greater scrutiny of cases and the implications of their outcomes, expand discussion, and fortify presentation skills. Unit writing assignments include e-mails and letters of advice. Class activities introduce students to the execution of simple legal research and the citing of references. Recordings aid with practicing both listening comprehension and note taking. Attention to good oral communication is an integral part of every activity.
All students must pass two English courses before they are permitted to enroll in English law courses