English Language Unit (ELU)
To enhance the student's English in the said programmes, FLS also houses the English Language Unit which is primarily responsible for both the Orientation & Foundation programmes. These two programmes, which the students normally take in their first-year, are tailored for students who enrol at the university, with the dual aim of working on their problem areas in English and on enhancing their English communication skills, to enable them to pursue their studies at AOU successfully and to prepare them for the workplace later. ELU is also responsible for implementing the English Placement Test (EPT) and a host of activities which support remedial English-language learning.
The Faculty of Language Studies prides itself on having the most distinguished academics in Lebanon. Our academics are engaged with the theoretical and practical components of their discipline and have international profile based on their publication and active participation in regional and international conferences from Australia to Britain, Spain, Belgium, Greece and America. Their field of specialization covers areas of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, language teaching and education. Some of our academics were shortlisted for best paper award at Cambridge University Conference in 2011.
In addition to their distinguished academic and research profiles our academics are supportive of our students and dedicated to helping them in their academic journey at AOU and success in life and career.
FLS faculty members devote a great deal of time to tutoring. After all, helping our students learn, develop and excel is our major task. Nevertheless, FLS tutors devote additional time and effort to research, which is an important part of the mission of AOU. They author and publish individual and joint research in refereed journals of the best standards.
Sustainable International Partenerships
FLS is proud of the fact that it is strongly affiliated with the OU-UK, which validates, accredits and assesses FLS education. And this, indeed, is a major source of our strength. But FLS also seeks partnerships with other HE institutions in the region with similar vision and mission, and with international institutions from both East and West. In a world which has become visibly multicultural and global, global partnerships are a must – sharing experience and cooperating on several specific initiatives, projects and programmes.