Staff courses

The courses offered below are available for staff who wish to develop the language skills to work more effectively in English at AKU. The availability of places is limited, so it is important to book your seat as soon as possible.

The course fee can be paid through your department (with your department’s agreement) or by salary deduction, payable in your local currency. If paying through your department you will need a budget code in order to complete the booking.

You can find information below  about the ​​​courses currently available and how to book your seat.

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​​​​English for Emails (Online) - B1

This course focuses on enabling participants to write effective emails. It is geared towards professionals with a B1 (i.e. intermediate) level of English.

You will be familiarized with the basic format of emails, how you can write  appropriately and the vocabulary used in work-based communication.​​

This will be an online course where your tutor will give you tasks, constructive feedback and answer queries related to email writing.

You will be expected to commit to eighteen study hours in total over six weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Course Speci​​​fication.

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 6 weeks
Hours of study: 18 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: 8 October 2018
End date: 19 November 2018
Course fee 40 USD (payable in local currency)
Booking deadline:
28 September 2018

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E​nglish for Emails (Online) - B2

This is a course to help you write effective business emails in English at B2 level. This course will provide tips on writing more professional emails as well as equip you with the necessary English writing skills to write effective emails at a B2 level.

You will improve your grammar and vocabulary skills for email writing and also improve your cross-cultural knowledge to make you more effective and successful in your business communication. You will look at different email formats to analyze tone, formality levels, and various organizational styles. 

This will be an online course where your tutor will give you tasks, constructive feedback and answer queries related to email writing.

You will be expected to commit to eighteen study hours in total over six weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Cou​​rse Specification. 

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 6 weeks
Hours of study: 18 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: 12 November 2018
End date: 24 December 2018
Course fee 40 USD (payable in local currency)
Booking deadline:
2 November 2018​

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English for Meetings - C1​​​

This course is aimed at AKU staff who need to use a high level of English to participate effectively in meetings, especially in meetings with senior AKU management. It is a face-to-face course with an online component. 

The aim of the course is to develop the language and skills needed to participate in meetings at a C1​ level in the CEFR. This means, for example, being able to follow complex discussions, make meaningful contributions to these discussions, and use meeting management skills ensure productive outcomes.

To ensure you are actively engaged in the learning process, a task-based approach is used. The tasks will involve you in preparing for meetings, participating in meetings, and reflecting on their performance in meetings. A variety of work-related scenarios are covered, including informal and formal meetings.

The course runs for e​​ight weeks.There is a two-hour class each week and at least one hour’s online study each week related to these classes.

You can find more information about this course in the Co​​urse Specification​.

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only (suitable for AD4/5 and equivalent grades)​​
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 8 weeks
Hours of study: 24 expected in total (16 classroom and 8 online); 3 hours per week​
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available 
Start date: 19 October 2018
End date: 7 December 2018​​​
​Class details: ​Every Friday (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Course fee: 60 USD (payable in local currency) 
Booking deadline: 10 October 2018​

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Business English - B1​​​​​​

This course focuses on developing your skills to cope better in using English at w​ork. The main aim of the course is to provide you with a language-rich environment in order to develop your skills in English for work-related situations.

The course content focuses on developing the communication skills needed through involving you in using English for work-related situations.

Your course tutor will provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your English and give individual guida​​nce on how you can improve further.

This course is aimed at staff members who have B1 level of English on the CEFR. The B1 level represents an intermediate standard of language proficiency. 

You will be expected to commit to a two hours face-to-face cl​ass and two hours online learning for twelve weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Cou​r​se​ Spe​cification.

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 12 weeks​​
Hours of study: 48 expected in total (24 classroom and 24 online) for twelve weeks​
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion, British Council Certifi​cate and Performance Report availabl​​e
Start date: 3 October 2018
End date: 19 December 2018
​Class details: ​Every Wednesday (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Course fee: 100​ USD (payable i​​n local currency) 
Booking deadline: 24 September 2018​​

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Business English - B​​2​

This course focuses on developing your skills to cope better in using English at work. The main aim of the course is to prepare you to present your department to new clients and develop important English communication and team-working skil​​ls.

The course content focuses on developing the communication skills needed to meet clients, write business proposals and make recommendations, present product concepts and project plan, organise staff training and discuss costs and budgets. 

Your course tutor will provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your English and give individual guidance on how you can improve further.

This course is aimed at staff members who have B2​​ level of English on the CEFR. The B2 level represents an upper-intermediate standard of language proficiency. 

You will be expected to commit to a two hours face-to-face class and two hours online learning for twelve weeks.​

You can find more information about this course in the Cou​r​se​ Spe​cification.​

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 12 weeks​​
Hours of study: 48 expected in total (24 classroom and 24 online) for twelve weeks​
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion, British Council Certifi​cate and Performance Report availabl​​e
Start date: 4 October 2018
End date: 20​​ December 2018​
​Class details: ​Every Th​u​rsday (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Course fee: 100​ USD (payable i​​n local currency) 
Booking deadline: 24 September 2018​​

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English for Writing Meeting Minutes (Online) - B2

This course focuses on writing meeting minutes. The main aim of the course is to provide you with a language-rich environment in order to develop your skills in taking meeting notes and writing minutes​​ in an appropriate, consiste nt and effective way.

The course content focuses on taking meeting notes and transferring the information into meeting minutes, while highlighting relevant discussions, decisions and actions agreed.

Your course tutor will provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your English and give individual guidance on how you can improve further.

This course is aimed at staff members who have B2  level of English on the CEFR. The B2 level represents an intermediate standard of language proficiency. 

You will be expected to commit to 5 hours a week for eight weeks. 

You can find more information about this course in the Cou​rse​ Specification.  

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online​​​ course with tutor support
Duration: 8 weeks
Hours of study: 40 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: 1 October 2018
End date: 23 November 2018​
Course fee 40 USD (pa​​yable in local currency)
Booking deadline:
​​​21 September 2018

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​General English - B1​​/B2​

The General English courses aim to improve your overall English skills. There are face-to-face classes at two different levels (B1 or B2) supported with online content.

The courses are made up of 12 modules, each focusing on a different theme (e.g. family, travel, jobs and culture). These themes are explored through a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in class and will be supported by online activities using a range of media (reading texts, audio, quizzes etc.). 

This is a 54 hour course to be completed over 12 weeks with two hours face-to-face class every week. 

These course are aimed at learners who want to improve in all areas of English language for everyday purposes and enjoy self-study combined with face to face teaching. The B1 and B2 levels relate to the CEFR​

You can find more information about this course in the Cou​r​se​​​ Spe​cification B1 and B2​

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only​​​
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 12 weeks
Hours of study: 54 exp​​ected in total (24 classroom and 30 online); 4.5 hours per week​
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion, British Council Certificate and Performance Report available
Start date: B1:
1 October 2018
​B2:
3 October 2018
End date: 17 December 2018 19 December 2018​
​Class details: Every Monda​y (4:00 pm - 6​:00 pm) ​Every Wednesday (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Course fee: 9​0 USD (payable in local currency) 
Booki​ng deadline: 21 September 2018​ ​​​

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I​ELTS Advanced Speaking (Online) - B2/C1

This online course is designed for AKU staff members with a B2/C1 level of English who are aiming for an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher and need further support with the Speaking part of the test. 

IELTS Advanced Speaking focuses on helping you to develop the skills and language needed to achieve your IELTS goals. Each week you will have opportunities to practise and develop your speaking skills. You will receive feedback in group and one-to-one sessions. At the end of course, your tutor will indicate your strengths and weaknesses, your current level and provide recommendations for further improvement.

You will be expected to commit to three hours a week for six weeks. You will be able to complete the course in your own time. The course can be completed on any internet-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets.

You can find more information about this course in the Course Spec​​​ification.

​Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 6 weeks
Hours of study: 18 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion available 
Start date: ​​​1 October 2018​​
​End date: ​​9 November 2018
​Course fee: ​​50 USD (payable in local currency)
​Booking deadline: ​​21 September 2018​​

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IELTS Advanced Writing (Online) - B2 /C1

This course is designed for staff members with a B2/C1 level of English students who are aiming for an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher and need further support with the writing part of the test.

Each week of the course focuses on a different type of question you may face in the IELTS Academic or General Training writing tests.

You will look in detail at sample papers so you can see what is required to achieve a high 6.5-8.0 band score and receive guidance on how to write your answer.

You will also receive individual feedback on your writing from your course tutor, a trained IELTS examiner, who will indicate your current level and provide recommendations for improvement.

You will be expected to commit to three hours a week for six weeks. You will be able to complete the course in your own time. The course can be completed on any internet-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets. 

You can find more information about this course in the Course S​pecification​.

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 6  weeks 
Hours of study: 18 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion available
Start​ date: TBC
​End date: TBC
​Course fee: ​50 USD (payable in local currency)
​Booking deadline: TBC​​​

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IELTS Preparation (Online) - B1/C1

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a widely recognised language proficiency test. IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale to indicate your level of English proficiency. IELTS Preparation will prepare you to take the IELTS test for the first time, or improve your score if you have taken it previously. 

This online course shows you what you need to do to be successful in the IELTS test and how you are assessed by the examiners. Each week of the course focuses on a different part of the test - speaking, writing, reading and listening. 

You will also receive individual feedback from your course tutor, a trained IELTS examiner, who will indicate your current level and provide recommendations for improvement.

IELTS Preparation is aimed at participants with at least a B1 level.

You will be expected to commit to three hours a week (online) for six weeks. You will be able to complete the course in your own time.

You can find more information about this course in the Course Specification.

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 6 weeks 
Hours of study: 15 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion available
Start date: 29 October 2018
End date: 7 December 2018
Course fee: 40 USD (payable in local currency) 
Booking deadline:
19 October 2018

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This course focuses on developing presentation skills. It will provide you with an opportunity to improve oral presentation skills in  professional settings.

Your course tutor will guide you through useful material to enhance your confidence and fluency in oral presentations and give constructive feedback on the given tasks.

This course is ideal for people who want to make progress in language for presentations. It is aimed at learners who have B2​ level of English (i.e. upper-intermediate level). 

You will be expected to commit to four study hours (two hours face-to-face and two hours online) a week for six weeks.​

You can find more information about this course in the Co​ur​se Specification.

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 6 weeks 
Hours of study: 24 expected in total (12 classroom and 12 online); approx. 4 hours per week
​Certification: ​ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: 15 November 2018
End date: 20 December 2018
​Class details: ​​Every Thursday (3:30 pm - 5:30 pm)
Course fee: 40 USD (payable in local currency) 
Booking deadline:
8 November 2018

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Speaking - A1 (Part 1) 

This course focuses on developing the speaking skills for beginners in English Language. It will provide you with an opportunity to begin to use English in a variety of everyday and work-based situations.

You will be familiarized with the basic words and phrases in English.

Your course tutor will guide you through the course material and give you feedback to help you improve your speaking.

This course is ideal for people who want to start to speak in English. It is aimed at students who have an A1 level of English (i.e Beginner’s level). 

You will be expected to commit to four study hours a week for eight weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Co​urse Specification.  

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 8 weeks
Hours of study: 32 expected in total (16 classroom and 16 online); approx. 4 hours per week
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: TBC
End date: TBC
Course fee: 30 USD (payable in local currency)
Class details: TBC
Booking deadline:
TBC

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Speaking - A2 (Part 1) 

This course focuses on developing the speaking skills for beginners in English Language. It will provide you with an opportunity to begin to use English in a variety of everyday and work-based situations.

You will be familiarized with the basic words and phrases in English.

Your course tutor will guide you through the course material and give you feedback to help you improve your speaking.

This course is ideal for people who want to start to speak in English. It is aimed at students who have an A2 level of English (i.e Beginner’s level). 

You will be expected to commit to four study hours a week for eight weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Course Specification.  

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 8 weeks
Hours of study: 32 ​expected in total (16 classroom and 16 online); approx. 4 hours per week
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: TBC
End date: TBC
Class details: TBC
Course fee: 30 USD (payable in local currency)
Booking deadline:
TBC

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Speaking - B1 (Part 2) 

This course focuses on developing speaking skills. It will provide you with an opportunity to improve speaking in a variety of everyday and work-based situations.

You will be familiarized with the basic concepts of communication, fluency, grammar and vocabulary for the spoken mode. You will develop these concepts through practice activities with each other and to an audience.

Your course tutor will guide you through useful material to enhance speaking and give  constructive feedback on the given tasks.

This course is ideal for people who deal with the public in English. It is aimed at students who have a B1 level of English (i.e intermediate level). 

You will be expected to commit to four study hours a week for eight weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Co​urse S​​peci​fication.  

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 8 weeks
Hours of study: 32 expected in total (16 classroom and 16 online); approx. 4 hours per week
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: 4 October 2018​
End date: 22 November 2018
Class details: Every Thursday (9:00 am - 11:00 am)
Course fee: 40 USD (payable in local currency)
Booking deadline:
24 September 2018

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Speaking - B2 (Part 2​)

This course focuses on developing speaking skills. It will pro​vide you with an opportunity to improve speaking in a variety of everyday and work-based situations.

This course  focuses on spoken English in a variety of social and business situations.

Your course tutor will guide you through useful material to enhance your confidence and fluency in speaking and give constructive feedback on the given tasks.

This course is ideal for people who want to make progress in language. It is aimed at students who have B2 level of English (i.e. upper-intermediate level). 

You will be expected to commit to four study hours a week for eight weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Course Specification.  

Eligibility: AKU - Karachi Staff only
Delivery: Face-to-face with online learning
Duration: 8 weeks
​Hours of study: ​32 expected in total (16 classroom and 16 online); approx. 4 hours per week
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available
Start date: 5 November 2018
End date: 17 December 2018
Class details: Every Friday (9:30 am - 11:30 am)
Course fee: 40 USD (payable in local currency)
Booking deadline:
29 October 2018

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Writing (Online) - B1

This online course focuses on developing your writing skills. You will learn to write correctly, clearly and concisely, making your writing better understood by your readers. You will learn practical skills to improve all as​​​pects of your writing, such as developing ideas, accurate sentence construction and paragraphing. 

Your course tutor will provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your writing and give individual feedback on weekly written tasks.

If you struggle to write clearly and concisely or make frequent grammar mistakes, then this eight week writing course will help increase your skills and boost your confidence.

It is aimed at staff who have a B1 level of English. 

You will be expected to commit to three study hours a week (online) for eight weeks.

You can find more information about this course in the Course Specification.

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 8 weeks
Hour s of study: 24 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available 
Start date: 1 Oct​ober 2018
End date: 23 November 2018
Course fee: 40 USD (payable in local currency) 
Booking deadline: 21 September​ 2018

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​​Writing (Online) - B2 (Part 1)​

This online course focuses on developing your writing skills. You will learn to write correctly, clearly and concisely, making your writing better understood by your readers. You will learn practical skills to improve all aspects of your writing, such as developing ideas, accurate sentence construction and knowledge of your audience. 

Your course tutor will provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your writing and give individual feedback on weekly written tasks.

If you struggle to write clearly and concisely or make frequent grammar mistakes, then this eight week writing course will help increase your skills and boost your confidence.

It is aimed at staff who have a B2 level of English. 

You will be expected to commit to three study hours a week (online) for eight weeks.​

You can find more information about this course in the Co​​​u​rse Specification.

Eligibility: AKU Staff - All
Delivery: Online course with tutor support
Duration: 8 weeks
Hour s of study: 24 hours in total
Certification: ELE_net Certificate of Completion and Performance Report available 
Start date: TBC
End date: TBC
Course fee: 40 USD (paya​​​​​ble in local currency) 
Booking deadline: TBC

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