School of Foreign Languages

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we unique?
Our faculty is composed of native and native-like speakers. All teachers use English in and out of the classroom so students are naturally exposed to English all the time.  Students use English functionally within the preparatory program to prepare them for flipped learning at their faculties. Continual assessment throughout the program means that students are always aware of their progress.

How does our program work?
There are five modules in total (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and Pre-Faculty). Each module lasts for 36 days. Students starting at Level 1 in Module 1 will need to attend Summer School to complete the program in one year. L1-starting students who do not fail any levels can attend Summer School with no charge. Students must pass the Versant English Placement Test on completion of all the ELPP levels to be able to start their faculty studies.

What approach do we use?
We use a blended learning approach aligned to flipped pedagogy at MEF University. Students have input online prior to class with vocabulary or grammar exercises. Discussion follows in class with controlled to freer language practice. Students complete online exercises after class to reinforce the skills and concepts covered in class, and extend their language knowledge and skills.

How do instructors support student learning?
Instructors use student data online to follow the progress of each student and provide tutorials if necessary to meet individual learner language needs. Instructors at MEF believe that students possess potential for learning and encourage them to successfully achieve their learning and academic goals. 

Is it possible to complete the preparatory program in one year?
Yes, it is. In the 2018-2019 academic year 40% of students who started at Level 1 completed the program in one year. It is a challenging experience, but we encourage our students to do so. However, the majority of L1-starting students will need more time to learn and should expect to complete their language preparation in the second year.

What happens if a student fails a level?
If a student fails, he/she is required to repeat the level.

Which tests do students need to take at the beginning of the year?

  1. Students take an initial English Placement Test on September 9th, at the University. 

  2. Further testing is conducted on September 11th, 12th and 13th at the University for Proficiency. Based on those scores, students either enter the preparatory program or go directly into their respective faculty department. 

Can students skip the preparatory program without taking the above-mentioned exams?Yes, they can. Students may present an external qualification listed below.

 
Test Required minimum score Validity
TOEFL IBT 80 (minimum 20 in each part) valid for two years
CAE
CPE
B
C
valid for three years
KPDS/UDS/YDS 67 valid for three years
PTE-Academic 59 valid for three years
 
What level do students have to be to pass to faculty?
The requirement for students is mid-B2 level (according to CEFR framework).
 
Can students start the preparatory programme at any level?
Yes, they can. Depending on placement exams scores, students are placed into classes at one of the 5 levels.
 
If a student starts the preparatory program at level 3, can he/she go to faculty in the second semester?
Yes, students who successfully complete level 4 and Pre-Faculty level in the first semester are allowed to start their faculty studies in the second semester.

If a student starts the preparatory program at level 4, can he/she go to faculty in the first semester?
No, students who successfully complete Pre-Faculty level in Module 1 are given a unique opportunity to enroll in a transitional course in Module 2 before they transfer to faculty in the second semester. These courses are aimed at consolidating students’ knowledge to prepare them for the flipped and active-learning environment in their department.
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