An initial study demonstrated the need to validate some of the preliminary findings and assumptions about the status of English at SPU. To this purpose, a comprehensive student survey was conducted to gauge not only their perceptions, but also their needs and competencies in English. Additionally, curricula were revised, practices monitored and evaluated, and recommendations made. An internationally recognized placement test (Oxford Online Placement Test) was adopted as the new modus operandi for the Syrian Private University.
In addition to language training for students, faculty and administrative staff, the upgrading of English language practices at SPU includes the content of its website and pages on social networks, its publications, whether in print or digital, its certificates and diploma supplements, and its local and regional profile, all to meet best international ‘readability’ standards and practices.
In-service training for academic and administrative staff is a cornerstone in the process of maintaining the highest standards of quality. This is why the English language team at SPU has developed a CELTA-inspired localized TOT program for English language instructors.