School of Foreign Languages

Preparatory English Program

Structure of the Preparatory English Program

Structure – Modular System

The MEF English Language Preparatory Program uses a modular system. Our system consists of four 36-day modules and one summer module. After 36 days of instruction, students take an end of module exam (EOM) and have a break before the next module starts.

There are five levels: Level 1 – Level 4, and Pre-Faculty Level.  If a student starts from Level 1, for example, that student has the opportunity to finish all five levels by the end of the summer module.  L1-starting students who do not fail any levels can take Pre-Faculty Level in Summer School with no charge.

Description of Levels

Students are placed in one of the five levels based on their results from the Placement Testing at the beginning of the academic year. In order for a student to complete the English Language Preparatory Program and begin their faculty studies, that student must successfully complete Pre-Faculty Level, and pass the Versant English Placement Test (VEPT). Any student that completes Pre-Faculty Level and passes the VEPT mid-semester (at the end of Module 1 or the end of Module 3) has the opportunity to take an elective course in the second half of the semester (Module 2 and Module 4). Students who successfully complete Pre-Faculty Level and pass the VEPT in Module 1 or Module 2 can start their faculty programme at the start of the second semester.

Level  1 – Students who do not have any or have very little knowledge of English (CEFR pre-A1 and A1) are placed in this level at the beginning of the academic year. Students who start the ELPP at this level must pass Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Pre-Faculty Level successively to complete the program, and must pass the VEPT to enter Faculty. 
 
Upon successful completion of Level 1, students will be expected to be able to:
  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Introduce him/herself and others, and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 
 
Level  2 – Students who have a basic knowledge of English (CEFR A2) are placed at this level. Students who start the ELPP at this level must pass Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Pre-Faculty Level successively to complete the program, and must pass the VEPT to enter Faculty. 
 
Upon successful completion of Level 2, students will be expected to be able to:
  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. 
 
Level  3 – Students whose English level is at Intermediate (CEFR B1) are placed at this level. Students who start the ELPP at this level must pass Level 3, Level 4, and Pre-Faculty Level successively to complete the program, and must pass the VEPT to enter Faculty. 
 
Upon successful completion of Level 3, students will be expected to be able to:
  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar topics regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the English language is spoken.
  • Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
 
Level  4 – Students whose English level is at low Upper-Intermediate (CEFR B2-) are placed at this level. Students who start the ELPP at this level must pass Level 4 and Pre-Faculty Level successively to complete the program, and must pass the VEPT to enter Faculty. 

Upon successful completion of Level 4, students will be expected to be able to:
  • Understand the main ideas of complex texts and identify particular viewpoints of the writers.
  • Communicate comfortably and expressively in general social situations.
  • Display a developing competence in the expression of opinions, views and ideas, both written and spoken.


Pre-Faculty Level – Students whose English level is at Upper-Intermediate (CEFR mid-B2) are placed at this level. Students who start the ELPP at this level must pass Pre-Faculty Level to complete the program, and must pass the VEPT to enter Faculty. 

Upon successful completion of Pre-Faculty Level, students will be expected to be able to:

      Listen to and understand a live or recorded lecture or presentation and take effective notes

      Construct a basic academic argument, and use strategies to manage a conversation

      Give an academic presentation using an outline or notecards

      Understand academic texts written for a general audience

●      Write a variety of academic-style paragraphs and summaries

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