International Language Center
At the International University of Erbil, we put our students and the local community at the heart of everything we do. We aim to add as much value as possible to the community by: Supporting local students with learning the three core languages necessary to be competitive in the local and regional employment markets (Kurdish, Arabic and English) Providing students with access to native speakers (where possible) in order to provide them with a more authentic learning experience and to equip them with the skills required for studying and working at both national and international levels Keeping abreast of all local and national regulations to ensure that our curriculum and teaching standards are aligned with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and are of the highest quality
To generate the leaders of tomorrow by providing them with the vital communication skills required to raise Iraq’s profile on the international stage. We will do this by equipping our students with the level of language required to study and work internationally through the use of experienced language teachers and a wide variety of authentic source materials.
English is the most widely spoken language at an international level. It is also the most common language used in publishing (both books and newspapers), international relations and diplomacy, science, information technology, international trade and development and international telecommunications. As such, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has decreed that all students pursuing studies at MA and PhD levels must have attained a suitable qualification in English such as IELTS or TOEFL.
At the International Language Centre, our focus is on providing the necessary resources to assist our students with attaining these qualifications.
How do we do this?
We do this by first ensuring that our students have a solid base of general English on which to build, by providing content from a wide variety of sources including books, magazines, TV, radio and social media. Practice is given in all four areas assessed: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Once a sufficient level of general English has been attained, we start working with more academic content such as literature (poetry and prose), academic journal articles and more technical broadcasts. You will have access to a native British English speaker and examples of language variations and accents from other English speaking countries are provided in order to ensure that students are comfortable understanding and communicating in a variety of different situations and environments.
Introductory (IELTS 2.5 – 3.5, TOEFL 21 - 25, and CEFR A2)
Level: Students will already have basic English and are able to say a variety of words but not necessarily complete sentences.
Overview: This course provides a general introduction to the English language and focuses on building a good understanding of English grammar and vocabulary over a wide range of general topics.
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: Converse easily on basic topics such as themselves, their family and daily needs
Convey basic ideas on all topics covered
Understand and answer basic questions comfortably, with some understanding of more complex questions
Fill in basic forms, write standard letters and simple paragraphs on standard subjects
Read and understand short texts such as social media posts, advertisements and simple newspaper articles
Pre-Intermediate (IELTS 4 – 5, TOEFL 26 – 31, and CEFR B1)
Level: Students who have some knowledge of English and can communicate general, basic ideas in the language. Answer longer questions about the topics covered and construct more complex sentences to explain their opinions.
Overview: In this course we build on the students’ existing grammar and vocabulary base, introducing more complex ideas and structures, by focusing on more academic texts and resources.
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
Participate actively in group discussions and debates
Read basic academic texts, general newspaper articles and short stories
Understand TV reports and conference-style presentations
Fill-in more complex forms, write basic essays about general topics and their field of study using more complex grammatical structures
Intermediate (IELTS 5.5 – 6), TOEFL 35 - 59, and CEFR B2)
Level: This level is aimed at students who are already capable of holding a basic conversation in English about general topics and more academic topics aligned with their field of study.
Overview: In this course we focus on preparing to sit IELTS and TOEFL exams for entrance to MA and PhD courses in line with the mandate from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. We therefore prepare students to discuss and present key academic topics.
We identify any major areas of concern and focus more on these in order to ensure a good, all-round level of English. Particular attention is paid to the types of tasks and tests students are likely to encounter in their IELTS and TOEFL exams, using sample and past exam papers.
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be capable of passing either exam with a grade sufficient to satisfy the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Affairs’ requirements. They should therefore be able to:Read, analyse and discuss standard academic and literary texts
Deliver well-thought out presentations to convey a particular premise or hypothesis and then defend it (in the form of a viva)
Write well-developed essays and papers using complex grammatical structures in different styles appropriate to the type of written-work and audience
Understand verbal presentations and reports on all subjects covered from native speakers with different accents
Class duration: 1.5 hours
Frequency: Daily (Sun – Thurs)
Duration: 8 weeks
Total hours: 60
When can I start?
Registration is open now. Once you have registered, you will be required to take a placement test. For more details please contact:
The International Language Centre
The International University of Erbil
Nawroz Street, next to Paki Hospital
Arabic is Iraq’s first language and, the second most widely spoken language in Iraqi Kurdistan and is the fifth most commonly spoken native language in the world. For national and multi-national firms based in Iraq, personnel who can communicate proficiently in the Arabic language are therefore a basic requirement. Furthermore, for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the humanitarian field, a good knowledge of Arabic is essential for assisting the massive number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled their homes as a result of the war against ISIS. Since Arabic has such a rich cultural heritage, learning it provides non-native speakers with a greater appreciation of the culture and tradition in Arabic-speaking countries. We offer a variety of courses to suit both complete beginners and those with some knowledge of Arabic. For more information, please see the contact details below.
Kurdish is the primary language of the Kurdish Region of Iraq. It is therefore extremely useful for all non-Kurdish nationals as well as for international residents living and working in the Kurdish Region. Linguistically, there are three main branches of Kurdish spoken today: Kurmanji, Sorani and Pehlewani. In Iraq, the most commonly spoken dialects are Kurmanji and Sorani, except for an area in northern Iraq around Dohuk, where some Kurds speak Badînî, a branch of Kurmanji. As with Arabic, a sound knowledge of the language will enrich your experience here, enabling you to better appreciate the culture and history of the region. We offer a variety of courses in Kurdish from beginner to advanced levels. For more information, please see the contact details below.
The International University of Erbil
Newroz Str. Erbil-Kurdistan-IRAQ
+964 (0) 750 716 9400
+964 (0) 66 256 4444